Moving Onward and Upward
We are so excited with the progress of the Snow Redfern Foundation! In most cases, change is hard for everyone involved, and I have to be honest, we’ve had challenges along the way. One of the accomplishments we are proud of is the development of a new website: snowredfern.org. As you can see, this work is still in process, but we will keep you posted as to its completion. Please come back and visit us regularly to check our progress. As you well know, this type of technology is the future – just as the knowledge that the vision of Mrs. Redfern will be carried on by the Board of the Snow-
This is why it is SO important that you understand that the Snow Redfern Foundation will use their resources to provide support for organizations, which will in turn provide direct services to youth and families. These services will be in the form of training and education. Your support will allow us to leverage funding and produce multiple returns on YOUR investment in youth.
A great example of the efforts of the SRF is our work with Teen Challenge, a highly regarded international organization that will be occupying the former NBR campus. Our Board has pledged to assist in helping Teen Challenge in its first year of development. The cooperative effort of the two organizations is proving that we will succeed, not only through the transition, but well into a bright, promising future. We have truly been blessed with cooperation and mutual insights as we work together for the future benefit of youth who will become part of the legacy of Mrs. Redfern’s vision.
Sooooo…what are we doing now?
It’s amazing how many times the above question has been asked of me individually, and of the Snow-
When we had the residential program, serving male adolescents, here are just SOME of the services provided on a daily basis. We would: care for youth, provide clothing, provide food, recreation activities, support the education of youth, provide spiritual guidance, consult with adults who cared for youth (especially the families), provide guidance for every day living activities to be used for a lifetime, transportation, provide warm safe places to live, see that youth received counseling services for social issues, behavioral issues, and addiction disorders, and above all keep loving kids. Keep in mind these are SOME of the services we provided. This list could go on forever. WOULD IT SURPRISE YOU TO FIND OUT THAT WE PROVIDE THESE SAME SERVICES TODAY? Yes, even though we no longer have a residential program, we are able to provide assistance to so many organizations that are provide all, and many more, of these services listed above. Please look at the article in this Ramrod for more details on who these organizations are.
Sooooo…in answer to your question, we CONTINUE to help youth and their families who are less fortunate than others, or who have had some misfortune in their lives. I am stressing this at this time, as it was very easy for supporters to give to something that was so tangible and easy to visualize. What the SRMF does now is more difficult to wrap your mind around, as you don’t see the kids on horseback (oh, but yes you do…look at our web page). You don’t see kids with big smiles getting snow boots (oh, but you do…see the website). I hope you get the point, that through grants we are helping kids as we have for 45 years, and will continue to do so forever. Sooooo… we need your continued support. It has been difficult for the past two years, as donations have dwindled seriously, some of our costs continue. We hope you will consider reengaging your giving. By doing so, we can congregate donations, which will leverage your contributions and further expand the assistance we are able to provide to organizations helping kids! Our look is different our outcomes are the same, as is our address.
Oh, as for what I am doing these days? Much the same as before, as it is my task to keep you informed and move the Foundation ahead, a task I truly love. I’ve been blessed!
This has ensured that the Mission Statement of the Foundation is being achieved, in that they continue to meet the wishes of Mrs. Redfern, by caring for those less fortunate. Each organization has already received their funds and are able to use them for programs they have defined in their application. Once the funds have been used, they share information back to the Foundation, as to how the money was specifically used.
Here are the Organizations, alphabetical and by city, that received funds:
ALLIANCE PUBLIC SCHOOLS/ALTERNATIVE HS – Alliance
ALLIANCE SPARTANS BASEBALL -
ALLIANCE TEAM MATES -
AMERICAN RED CROSS – Grand Island
ANACOVA EMPOWERMENT PILOT PROJECT -
BOX BUTTE COUNTY FAMILY FOCUS -
BOX BUTTE HEALTH FOUNDATION -
BRIDGEPORT FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY -
BUCKBOARD THERAPEUTIC RIDING ACADEMY -
BULLDOG BACK PACK PROGRAM -
BULLDOGS COMMITTED -
CAMP ROCK -
CASA OF FILMORE COUNTY – Geneva
CASA/MARLAND LIVING – Hastings
CASA OF NORTHEAST NEBRASKA -
CASA OF SOUTH CENTRAL NEBRASKA -
CHEYENNE COUNTY CASA -
CIRRUS HOUSE -
COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERS (CAPWYN) -
COMPASS – Kearney
CONNECTION HOMELESS SHELTER – North Platte
COOL KIDS CLUB/NO LIMITS AFTER SCHOOL-
CORNHUSKER COUNCIL, BOY SCOUTS -
DAWSON/GOSPER COUNTIES CASA – Lexington
FAMILIES CARE, INC. -
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH DIAPER DEPOT -
KIMBALL TEAM MATES -
LEXINGTON SCHOOLS BACKPACK PROGRAM -
NEBRASKA LUTHERAN OUTDOOR MINISTRIES – Lodgepole
NEBRASKA MINORITY RESOURCE CENTER -
PANHANDLE PARTNERSHIP FOR HHS -
PARENT TO PARENT NETWORK -
PRAIRIE LOFT CENTER -
SALVATION ARMY – North Platte
SCOTTSBLUFF COUNTY SPECIAL OLYMPICS– Scottsbluff area
SOUTHEAST NEBRASKA YOUTH FOR CHRIST – Lincoln
SPEAK OUT SCOTTSBLUFF -
UNITED WAY OF WESTERN NEBRASKA – Box Butte/Dawes Counties
WESTERN COMMUNITY HEALTH RESOURCES -
YMCA OF THE PRAIRIE – Holdrege
YWCA ADAMS COUNTY -
YOUNG LIFE – Alliance
One goal of the Snow Redfern Foundation is to expand how much is awarded each year, as well as increase the number of organizations that receive awards. As the investments grow, the amounts awarded can be increased.
If you have questions about this process, or comments you would like to share, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AND NEW OFFICERS
At the 2016 Annual Board of Directors Meeting for the Snow-
Selected to serve as the Foundation’s officers for this coming year were: (pictured from left to right)
Robyn Iossi – President
Kevin Wilkinson – Treasurer
Susan Unzicker – Secretary
Bill Reno – Vice-
In our FIFTH year of following the newly created, and ever evolving, MISSION STATEMENT we again are breaking new ground. But perhaps the greatest achievement is seeing so many more smiles of children, and their parents, across the State of Nebraska. Proudly we shared with FORTY-
Also, the growth and development of our Board of Directors is amazing. It becomes more active and involved each year. This too has been a process, or evolution, as we learn more and more about what it takes to be a GRANT PROVIDING FOUNDATION. The high level of skills and talent that we have gathered as a Board of Directors is amazing. This is a great compliment to the COMMUNITY OF ALLIANCE. We have an abundance of very talented, skilled and CARING people who live in Alliance!
May is officially Mental Health Awareness Month. Many organizations and individuals find creative ways to raise awareness for the need to expand services for those who have emotional and behavioral issues. Once again, a Pony Express Ride will be held from May 17th through May 20th, with the sole purpose of bringing attention to this great need. This involves riding from one end of the state, to the other, accepting letters that ask Nebraska officials at all levels to be aware of the needs of our children and have it become a priority to provide preventive services in all communities.
For the 10th year, Snow-
This ride is open to the public, and anyone wanting to ride along, is very welcome. Some riders make the entire trip, but others get involved in segments of the ride. This year, riders from the Alliance Eagle Rider Chapter, Kearney Chapter, Scottsbluff/Gering Chapter, Holdrege Chapter, and 4 Metro Chapters (Omaha area) will participate. Riders from BACA, Christian Motorcycle Association, American Legion Riders, Vulcan Riders, Blue Knights, Red Knights, and Chrome Divas Club (Omaha) have all been invited to ride along. It is anticipated that this will be one of the largest rides we have ever conducted.
The Snow Redfern Foundation’s board of directors has approved the use of a new logo that honors the organization’s roots.
Since the closure of Nebraska Boys Ranch in 2009, the Foundation has struggled with public perception. While the Nebraska Boys Ranch was a forefront-
“In rebranding our foundation, we are reclaiming our roots and expanding the SRF legacy,” explained Executive Director Stan Bills. “Now that Teen Challenge of the Midlands Boys Ranch on the Oregon Trail is no longer in operation, we shall return to using Nebraska Boys Ranch synonymously with Snow Redfern Foundation. I believe it helps connect the dots!”
The evolution of the logo is the result of several brainstorming sessions held by SRF board members.
Recently, SRF awarded monetary grants to over 80 Nebraska organizations that assist at-
“We continue to fulfill the dream of Mrs. Arvilla Snow-
For more information on the Snow Redfern Foundation, log on to snowredfern.org.
2017 GRANT RECIPIENTS BY AREA
ALLIANCE, BRIDGEPORT AND HEMINGFORD
Alliance Area YMCA (now Alliance Recreation Center)
Alliance Arts Council
Alliance Old Timers Baseball
Alliance Public Schools/Alternative School
Alliance Spartans Baseball
Alliance TeamMates Mentoring
Alliance Young Life
Box Butte Health Foundation – BB Co.
Box Butte Family Focus – BB Co.
Carnegie Arts Center -
East Pointe Horspice -
United Way of Northern Nebraska
Bridgeport Friends of the Library
Bridgeport Public School/ TeamMates
Camp Rock -
SCOTTSBLUFF AND GERING
Ancova Empowerment Pilot Program -
Carpenter Center – SB/Gering/Terrytown
Cirrus House – SB/Gering
Community Action Partners (CAPWYN) – SB/Gering
Cooperative Ministries Back Pack Program -
Diaper Depot/First Baptist Church – Scottsbluff
Fellowship of Christian Athletes -
Lifelink Foundation -
Northfield Church Backpack Program -
Panhandle Partnerships -
Summer Program Handicapped Children/Camp Scott
TeamMates of Scottsbluff County – SB County
GRAND ISLAND, HASTINGS, KEARNEY, HOLDREGE,
LEXINGTON, BROKEN BOW
Adams County Teen Court/Diversion -
American Red Cross – Grand Island
CASA of Dawson/Gosper Counties – Lex/Goth
CASA of South Central Nebraska -
CASA/Maryland Living Center -
Central Plains Center for Services – Broken Bow
Families Care, Inc. -
His Supply House -
Lexington Public Schools/After School Program -
Lexington Public Schools/Homeless Education -
Open Table/Food 4 Thought -
Prairie Loft Center -
Todd Becker Foundation -
YMCA of Adams County -
YMCA of the Prairie -
YWCA of Adams County – Hastings
CHADRON, GORDON, RUSHVILLE
Board of Regents/UNL/Dawes Co.
Chadron Community Hospital/Health Services – Chadron
Gordon/Rushville After School Program
Nebraska Extension/Careers Program – Rushville
Nebraska Extension/STEM Program – Rushville/Gordon
Nebraska Minority Resource Center – Rushville/Gordon
Sheridan County Junior Leaders – Sheridan County
Western Community Health Resources – Chadron
KIMBALL, SIDNEY, LODGEPOLE
CASA of Cheyenne County – Cheyenne County
Cool Kids Club/No Limits After School Program – Sidney
Kimball TeamMates – Kimball
Ne. Lutheran Outdoor Ministries/Sullivan Hills – Lodgepole
Table of Grace Mobile Food Pantry -
NORTH PLATTE, OGALLALA
Connection Homeless Shelter – N. Platte
N. Platte Schools Kids Club After School Program
Ogallala Women’s Resource Center – Ogallala
Salvation Army – N. Platte
OMAHA, LINCOLN, YORK, ASHLAND, GENEVA
African Culture Connection – Omaha
Ashland Kids Cupboard – Ashland
CASA of Fillmore County – Geneva
Collective for Youth After School Program – Omaha
Cornhusker Council, Boy Scouts – Lincoln
Families Inspiring Families – Lincoln
Girl Scouts, Spirit of Nebraska – Lincoln
Nebraska Family Support Network – Omaha
Omaha Conservatory of Music – Omaha
We Can Do This – Lincoln
Willard Community Center, A Corp – Lincoln
YMCA of Lincoln – Lincoln
York Public Schools After School Program – York
Youth for Christ -
COLUMBUS, NORFOLK, DAVID CITY
CASA Connection – Columbus
CASA of North East Nebraska – Norfolk
Columbus After School Program – Columbus
Genesis Personal Development Center – David City
Parent to Parent Network – Norfolk
Youth for Christ – Columbus
Zone After School Program -
One goal of the Foundation is to expand how much is awarded each year, as well as increase the number of organizations that receive awards. As the investments grow, the amounts awarded can be increased. If you have questions about this process, or comments you would like to share, please send them to email@example.com. You may also visit our website at www.snowredfern.org.
Changes Come to Snow-
By SHAUN FRIEDRICHSEN
It’s the end of an era, as Stan Bills, who has served as the
executive director of the Snow-
“When the Nebraska Boys Ranch closed, it rolled into what we now use as the Snow
Redfern Foundation grant funding,” said Nicholson. “We utilize our funds to help organizations that serve children and youth, like Mrs. Arvilla Snow-
Last year alone, Nicholson noted, the foundation issued 65 grants to different groups, ranging from $4,000 to $6,000 apiece.
“We really like to focus on western Nebraska, because that’s clearly where it all began, but it’s the whole state of Nebraska that’s part of that,” Nicholson said.
Nicholson noted she had worked with Bills in several different capacities throughout the years before he announced his retirement.
“I started working with Stan 15 years ago when I moved to Nebraska,” said Nicholson. “I was the director of an organization that started out in Kearney, and then out here: the
Integrated Care Coordination Unit. We served child welfare and juvenile justice. Some of the juvenile offenders I worked with as the director were at the Boys Ranch. So Stan and I got to know each other pretty well through serving youth.
“When the Boys Ranch closed, Stan and I worked together in other various capacities over the years. I changed jobs and worked as the executive director for the Nebraska
Federation of Families for children’s mental health, which was another state-
Bills and Nicholson rode together on the Pony Express ride, Nicholson noted. She said the ride has happened for several years, raising awareness of children’s mental health issues.
Nicholson said God played a major role in her joining the Snow-
“This past year, Stan finally decided he was going to retire, and nobody wanted him to go, because he’s amazing—he’s incredible at what he does,” Nicholson said. “He asked me if I would consider applying. I was very happy with my other job, but this was a God thing. I did a lot of praying about it, and everything clicked. I decided from the beginning I would just let things happen the way they’re supposed to, and everything about it has felt pretty awesome.”
As the transition occurs, Nicholson said one of her goals is to continue providing top-
“I feel very strongly that, even though we evolve and change, just like any other organization, that we need to stay true to our mission. That really is the legacy that Mrs. Snow-
A guiding principal in Nicholson’s life, she said, comes from a quote by artist Pablo Picasso: “The meaning of life is to find your gift, and the purpose of life is to give it away.” She believes it is important to use her talents to their full ability to help make the world a better place.
People interested in helping further the foundation’s mission are encouraged to contact Nicholson at (308) 762-
Foundation through financial donations, or even through volunteering time to help at events. She also shared another way to help the foundation’s mission.
“I think it’s just about being kind to each other,” Nicholson said. “I would like to think that Mrs. Snow-
I think the lesson here, for anybody, is giving of yourself. I think that’s different for every single person. We each have our own gifts.”
Before the transition is complete, Bills is working to compile a history of the Snow-
“I think a big piece of this is recognizing Stan,” said Nicholson. “He’s just a wealth of stories that capture the legacy of Snow-
“I know Sara will bring a lot to the grant process,” Unzicker said. “We’re just looking forward to seeing everything Sara can bring to us. There’s probably still a lot of organizations that don’t know a lot about Snow-
By SHAUN FRIEDRICHSEN News Director