H.M. Shaw's Veterans Ranch 501(c)3 Nonprofit
IT'S A POWERFUL THING!
It’s a powerful thing when life presents a journey that you know nothing about going in. God is good and He is at the Helm of this amazing adventure. Please join us on our journey.
How We Got Started:
A little over a year ago, Bryan and I went to deliver water at a local homeless camp in Tucson Arizona. We had no idea that our lives would never be the same and forever changed.
The Day Bryan and I walked into that camp is when our journey began.
We loved it there. The camp was not perfect by any means. But it sheltered many Veterans and civilians that were homeless. This camp is the heart that brought Bryan and me on this journey. We would like to take this opportunity for you to see where it all stated.
This camp is no longer in operations. But a lot of past volunteers remain in close communication, as well as support the journey we have embarked on.
Bryan and I have Vision and Passion to build a Ranch life for Veterans. We aspire to help them to really come home. They took care of us when we needed them too. It’s time for civilians to give back. Open your hearts and get our Veteran men and women what they deserve. H.M. Shaw’s Veterans Ranch want to be their “Hand Up” Not a “Handout” You can help us do this by reaching out to us at Shawsranch@gmail.com.
Our activities are overseen by a group of well-qualified individuals. Our diverse staff members have ties to the community, and thus possess the unique ability to relate to the target demographic. Additionally, our Board of Directors is comprised of a professional group of talented individuals who are dedicated to committing their time and resources to building a stronger community.
Father Herbert M. Shaw
Mother (Jeri) Geraldine Gertrude Shaw
Son: Charles M. Shaw
Also Featured in this Photo. Tammi and Russ's Father Theodore D'Amico
Constance'S Late husband Jake Thies
Left to right:
Theodore D'Amico, Carol Leatherwwod
( Jeri ) Geraldine Shaw (Mother)
Charles Shaw United States Army
Constance (Connie Barns), Jake Thies
Herbert M. Shaw (Unites states Army) (Father)
Bryan & Tammi Thompson
H.M. Shaw's Veterans Ranch
Who Are We?
• Tammi and Bryan Thompson, Founders of H.M. Shaw’s Veterans Ranch.
• We are a new 501(c)3 dedicated to creating a real veteran’s working Ranch here in Tucson AZ.
• Contact us at www.facebook.com/Shawsranch, phone: 520-955-1972
Our Vision / Our Passion
• H.M. Shaw's Veterans Ranch vision is a Ranch style environment that will provide a structured home and resources for veterans to successfully transition from Soldier to Civilian. H.M. Shaw's Veterans Ranch will be working closely with Hope for Heroes in order to introduce Horsemanship Therapy to our Veterans.
• It will offer a safe, clean, and healthy environment along with every resource possible to set a path for veterans, to find their self-worth, dignity, and purpose. H.M. Shaw’s Veterans Ranch will guide veterans in a positive direction to allow them every opportunity to successfully transition from Soldier to Civilian.
• Offer onsite living quarter for veterans along with different training courses and opportunities.
• To give veterans in need the tools and resources needed to help them successfully transition from Soldier to Civilian
• To give veterans a place to call home, to give our veterans the purpose they so desperately need.
• To help them find peace, and excitement about life.
• To teach them a trade, or to help them find their interest.
• To give veterans and their families the resources they need to help them get through the hard times.
• To make H.M. Shaw’s Veterans Ranch self-sustaining through farming and onsite general store to sell farm products.
• One of our goals is not to rely on government funding.
What will we offer?
• Each resident veteran is responsible for:
• His or her area and assigned chores, their scheduled appointments and must
• Check in with scheduling every morning to see what is on their to-do list.
• Attending and completing each mandatory class.
• Attending all mandatory substance abuse programs.
• Weekly report of accomplishments.
• Responsible for their actions.
• Each morning barracks must be cleaned. Subject to inspections by Commander.
• Chores will be delegated by Commander. Chore Board will be posted and reviewed by Commander. Chores must be done before classes start and before bed.
• Residents must notify front desk of any and all meeting that are scheduled.
• Any changes to appointments must be relayed to scheduling before the appointment date.
• Transportation to and from appointments and meetings must be confirmed before transportation has arrived.
• Residents are not allowed to quit any creative class unless the resident has spoken with a counselor and it is a mutual decision.
• Volunteers will schedule classes.
• Work on Self Improvement, or in-house meetings.
• Finish Chores
• Motivation Classes
• Meeting with Chaplin’s
• Will offer NA and AA
• Arizona Mental Health
• Regular appointments with the VA
• Regular Eye Exams
• Regular Hearing Exams
• A place to call home. An address for all their important documents and letters.
• Daily Routine
• Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
• Structured Classes
• Daily Shower’s
• Daily Grooming
• Daily Chores
• Bed (Not Cots) with clean bedding
• Armoirefor each resident / Footlocker
Mandatory classes include:
• Basic Life Skills
• Basic Economic
• Basic Computer
• Self Help
• Basic Employment online application, interview classes
• Motivation Classes
• Communication skills
• Painting / Drawing
• Creative Writing
• Animal Care/ Horsemanship classes. We will be working closely with Hope for Heroes.
• Workout Classes
• Obstacle Course
What are we looking for?
• Support & Guidance – Do you have a program that will help new and upcoming nonprofits get started?
• Financial: Grants, Monthly Support, fundraising opportunities
• Partnering: Do you have a program that will help our 501c3 with Veterans to farm?
• Do you have a program that will help guide train us/veterans?
• Would you consider helping purchase land then train our Veterans and team members?
Long Term Support
• A Partnership or Sponsorship. Would you consider partnering with H.M. Shaw’s Ranch to help us become the best Veterans Ranch possible?
What do we have to offer your organization or company?
• A Partnership with the same passion - Help Veterans
• A team member.
• We want this to be the most successful veterans working ranch it can be. For this to happen we need your help, your guidance, and your input by identifying organizations, businesses and individuals that share our vision and want to help create this veterans transition opportunity. You know better than anyone what the needs are for our Veterans and we want to make sure we answer those needs. This will work only with the support of our community. We need your support to help us take the next step.
• Let’s call it our Bootcamp…
• Bryan and I delivered water to a veteran / civilian homeless camp and never looked back.
• We started visiting on a regular basis, before we knew it we were at camp more than we were home.
• We were there through the heat, of the summer, and through the monsoons. The heat was devastating, this camp didn’t have running water or any place for the residents to cool down.
• Storms would destroy camp Bryan and I would help rebuild things such as tents and shelters, kitchen area clothing tent, the ground was like a swamp. Water pouring into the tents.
• Bryan is a talented craftsman. Making structures sounder, designing and crafting projects that helped make camp life easier. Bryan even built a small dog run for their dogs to keep them safe.
• The one thing that bothered us from day one was the fact that every time we left camp, sweaty, exhausted, and sore, we were able to go home, take a shower, put clean clothes on, turn our air down in the house, drink ice water, lay down in a comfortable bed to get a good night’s sleep.
• This is not what happened to the Veterans in this camp, Veterans laid on their cots under plastic in the storms, because their tents leaked.
• Veterans were taken to the hospital for heat exhaustion, and dehydration, and food poisoning for lack of health code in the kitchen.
• There wasn’t any structure, people did whatever they wanted, and it led to a lot of safety issues as well as accountability.
• Bryan and I on many occasions brought veterans home with us, I would feed them, do their laundry, they could take showers and sleep comfortably even if it were only for a night or two. At camp, they always had to be on guard. Not a good part of the neighborhood.
• What we noticed was, when Bryan would build or repair things at camp, Veterans always wanted to help. Veterans looked forward to Bryan coming to camp, it didn’t take long until they would either fix something that needed to be repaired or they had a list of projects for them to do when we got there.
• The bonding over projects was incredible. The stories we were told, and the jokes they would tell, kept us fascinated and laughing.
• I would help with admin duties such as getting the information on how to retain identification, research questions they had, we would use my cell phone to set up appointments with DES, VA, Dr’s and court appointments.
• We would make sure they had a way to appointments whether it be by bus, or we took them. I was also their confidant, counselor, motivator, or someone to just talk with about their day. I was the cook when needed, if there was an injury, or sick, I made sure they received medical attention, (even when they weren’t happy about it.)
• If there was a drug or alcohol abuse issue, I would try to get them into a recovery program.
• The issue with this camp is that it wasn’t a dry camp. It was hard over recovering addicts to stay on track because the triggers were so close. Not a good success rate.
• Veterans were taken advantage terribly there, and it felt like when we were there, we could make do our part to make sure they received what was intended for them.
• The camp was closed last Nov. Bryan, and I have been on a mission since to start up a Veterans Working Ranch.
• This was our boot camp. What we learned at this camp; you could never learn in a book. The Drugs, alcohol, the lack of resources, the lack of purpose.
• What Bryan and I learned at this camp was exactly what we do not want at our ranch. We have a lot to learn and are open to all the guidance we can get.
• We saw many things that opened our eyes to what was really needed for our Vets.
• The camp lacked in many areas, but it was home to many. We learned that it is hard for Veterans to live with Civilians, we learned you cannot have a presence of triggers if you want a successful transition.
• Bryan and I will live on the ranch to make sure that the ranch is run with our vision and purpose. If we are lucky enough to have an onsite administrator, they will live on-site as well.
• We will work with Veteran-owned companies and hire Veterans first. We want this ranch to be a home the veterans will be proud of.
• This ranch will give our Veterans opportunity and purpose.
• Bryan and I have tried to give back to veterans for years in small ways. We have Whoodle breeding business and have donated puppies to Veterans for service or therapy companions for over 14 years. We have a passion and a vision to do more.
• The ranch is named after my grandfather Herbert Milton Shaw. My grandfather was a welder and flame cutter for the army. The greatest Man I ever knew.
• We have a saying at H.M. Shaw’s Veterans Ranch… No One Fights Alone!
Founder/ Secretary / BOD