When asked over a year ago, Shirley W. said she dreamed of going deer hunting again. Ridgeview and Second Wind Dreams® set out to make this dream a reality.
Through the help of Alicia Kelley-Stewart, Ridgeview's Vice-President who happens to also be an avid hunter, we found another non-profit organization called Hope Outdoors. Hope Outdoors states that they are an, "outdoor ministry that partners with caring organizations . . . across the nation to facilitate hope through outdoor activities. Our outreach is directed to those men, women and children who may be ill or disabled, and in need of a little help and brotherly love to see their outdoor passions fulfilled. Some are looking to be re-introduced into an activity they once loved, while others are discovering a new and exciting way to live life to its fullest." This was exactly what Second Wind Dreams needed! An organization that understood how to help Shirley see her dream fulfilled by looking past her disability.
On January 17th and 18th, 2014, Shirley traveled with two employees from Ridgeview to Chatom, Alabama to stay in a bed and breakfast and spend 2 days enjoying the outdoors while she hunted deer. When we revealed the trip to her, Shirley kept exclaiming, "Really?!? Are you SERIOUS?!?" Second Wind Dreams® even provided her with new camouflage gear to help keep her warm during the hunt that was donated anonymously.
Second Wind Dreams® is thrilled to have had this opportunity to help Shirley's dream become a reality. We believe that she will treasure the memories of this deer hunting trip for many, many years to come.