At an early age I felt a call to help those who could not help themselves. I started volunteering at Camp Smile my first summer out of high school and it was at that exact time I heard God's calling to my life. Over the next six years I would become a counselor at Camp Smile, Camp ASCCA, and a volunteer for Allen Memorial Home, and Little Sisters of the Poor. I graduated the Fall semester of 2014 from the University of South Alabama with a degree in therapeutic recreation, ‘to find the quality of life through ones disability.’ All through this process, God has put people and circumstances in my life to help me reach my goal.
In the Fall of 2013 God opened the door for me to officially start the Little Red Barn at the home of Don and Linda Hembree on Tanner Williams Road. At the time they had a red barn with 3 stalls, thus "Little Red Barn". We were blessed to have this property and we operated there for almost 12 months. However, by the six month mark we already had 15 clients on our roster and the little red barn that we were in just began to get smaller and smaller as the days went on. We looked at this as a blessing.
Suddenly, one day God opened another door for the Little Red Barn. He made it possible for us to purchase a run-down abandoned horse farm. The farm was in such poor condition and had not been used in over 10 years. On the property there are 3 barns and 22 stalls sitting on almost 10 acres, with a small barn apartment located in the main barn. Where others saw abandonment and poor condition, we saw beauty and God working. In September of 2015, I married Jesse Sluder. Jesse is a City of Mobile police officer. When he is not out serving our community he loves working out here. He reconstructed the entire loft of the barn, and this is now where we reside.
Little Red Barn does not run on its own. We have volunteers here on the daily, one LPC, one instructor, and one trainer...and not to forget our horses who make this all happen! But none the less..we need YOUR help.
What do we need your help with?
Prayer- we live off of prayer. God is why we are here today. Please help us by praying and asking God to continue to fulfill this dream of using us and this farm to change a child’s life.
Help a horse- Sponsor one of our horses where the funds are used to help with feed, veterinarian bills, and farrier costs.
Help a rider- Our sessions run by the quarter of the Mobile County Public School system. With keeping our prices the lowest in the area for therapy- $30.00 per ride, many families still cannot afford this. Help a child have their lives changed by paying for their quarterly sessions.
Buy or donate supplies- Donate building supplies, or you can come and work along beside us.
Will you help us help others?
For more information, or to come by and visit, please call and make an appointment. We would love to have you visit the farm! Please pray about being a partner with the Little Red Barn Therapeutic Horseback Riding Center.
All for Him,
B.S. Therapeutic Recreation