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  1. Making the Ranch House Part of His Life — Dr. Timothy Parker’s Story

    By Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

     

    Box fans kept the air moving at the event, one of the earliest fundraisers for Reba’s Ranch House. It was warm under the big tent, but Dr. Timothy Parker didn’t mind.

    He had prime seating at the dinner table — right next to Reba McEntire and her family.Read the rest

  2. A Real Thanksgiving

    By Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

     

    Scrumptious aromas accompanied the spread of food laid out for Sarah Bradford, her family, and other guests at Reba’s Ranch House on Thanksgiving Day 2019. When the staff invited Sarah to sign up for the communal meal, she had no idea it was going to be an actual Thanksgiving dinner in the midst of their family’s health crisis.Read the rest

  3. Keeping the House Feeling Like Home and Hope

    By Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

     

    Cameron Bates entered the dining area at Reba’s Ranch House to check on things. As an intern at the house, he was accustomed to making rounds, doing any clean up, and helping guests. But that day was different.Read the rest

  4. The Heart Mender

    By Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

     

    Philip McKinzie opened his eyes…and had no idea where he was. There he lay in a hospital bed, trying to get oriented. But his two daughters were there as Phil gradually learned he was coming out of a chemically-induced coma after 8 days.Read the rest

  5. The Joys and Health of a Volunteer

    “Giving of both money and time generally boosts wellbeing

    more than people expect. Volunteers tend to weigh less,

    to feel healthier, to have a lower chance of suffering a heart attack,

    and to score higher in every happiness domain.”

    Blue Zones Newsletter

     

    The purple stems above are enchanting if you glance their way.… Read the rest

  6. One of God’s gifts — Susan Hooper’s Story

    By Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

     

    In the serene setting of the library room at Reba’s Ranch House, Susan Hooper settled in with Phil Roether and his sister. They were there to discuss a topic Susan knew well — Phil’s sister was preparing to face her battle with breast cancer. Read the rest

  7. Third Graders, Bible Pages, and Loads of Grocery Sacks

    By Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

    Reba’s Heroes:

    A Series Highlighting Our Wonderful Volunteers

    From the early days of Reba’s Ranch House, the heart of volunteers beat throughout the space to bring peace and comfort to all the guests who walk through the door.Read the rest

  8. A Medical Legacy from Indian Territory to Denison, Texas

    Article by Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

     

    Dr. Benjamin Denison was practicing medicine in Indian Territory when his wife passed. He married again, this time to full-blood Choctaw Susan Oaks. Their two sons, Harry and Hilliard, were both members of the Choctaw Nation.Read the rest

  9. Expanding Love and Service at Reba’s Ranch House

    A decade ago, Reba’s Ranch House was bursting at the seams with housing hundreds of vulnerable guests annually. Each individual needed a safe place to stay while their loved one was hospitalized. Thus began our partnership with international design firm HKS as they designed the new Reba’s Ranch House in 2010, the one we currently use to host 850 guests each year.Read the rest

  10. The Comfort of a Country Quilt

    By Sarah Elisabeth Sawyer

    Reba’s Heroes:

    A Series Highlighting Our Wonderful Volunteers

    From the early days of Reba’s Ranch House, the heart of volunteers beat throughout the space to bring peace and comfort to all the guests who walk through the door.Read the rest

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