Light of Mine Ranch aims to shine light on foster care
There is an extreme need for foster families in the area. After becoming foster parents, Jordan and Mallory Combs saw the need to help other foster parents navigate their way through the experience and are pursuing big dreams for the future.
RAPID CITY, S.D. — After becoming foster parents, Jordan and Mallory Combs adopted a daughter, Prudence, then had 2 biological children.
They continue to open their home to children in the foster care system. But their work doesn’t stop there; they have even bigger dreams, which are a growing vision.
The Combs believe that supporting and educating foster families will greatly improve each child’s quality of life, rather than being inundated with tasks. Foster parents can focus on giving children the individualized attention they need.
Jordan & Mallory Combs, Light of Mine Ranch founders say,
“We want kids to say, ‘that was the best experience of my life, I got to do all these things that I never got to do before. And somebody poured into me and taught me what I needed to learn about being a kid and growing up and being an adult’.”
The dream is to attain land with 80-100 acres to build foster homes with house parents and children residing at each home. On the property, they want to build (among many entities) a gym, learning center and horse facilities.
Children there can learn personal responsibility by taking care of animals, cultural awareness and simply having fun. The Combs saw centralized communities being done in other locations and decided to take action locally.
“And so we said, ‘hey, well let’s do it. We know the information about it, we have the heart of it and so instead of just waiting around for somebody else to do it’. We wanted to do it.”
Right now the plans are in the early stages and plenty of fundraising needs to get done.
The other part of the mission is helping other foster families get over barriers of having enriched experiences. They are offering foster families (among many things) clothing needs, discounted admission to local attractions, and supplies to have birthday parties for children. They also help those families navigate all aspects of being a foster parent and taking advantage of all the resources offered to them.
“That is really the quality of the life side of things, and not missing out on playing organized sports, and going on those ski trips, and not feeling like a third wheel or getting all the 2nd hand stuff. Whereas we feel, these children should be a priority.”
The ranch name is taken after the song (This Little Light of Mine) but is also based on an experience with a young foster child who drew a picture of Jordan.
“And he [the boy] said, it says ‘light’, and he had written that under my name- ‘light’ and I was thinking about our connection with this light and that he could potentially could see that.”
Mallory goes on to say,
“be the light every day that we can for these children because they do live in so much darkness.”
Click here for the Light of Mine Ranch website.
The contact number is 843-475-0341 or you can email the organization, firstname.lastname@example.org.