Ranch Animals Visit Senior Facilities

Welcomed Relief from COVID-19 Restrictions

Lori, our team leader, combines her love for people with her love for animals by serving area senior citizens. She is a mother of four and has served hospice patients in Fond du lac for more than 25 years. Lori, as a 4H Leader, was introduced to Cristo Rey Ranch and has been a volunteer for more than 5 years.

As people were introduced to terms like COVID-19 and social distancing, Lori, inspired by Sr. Stephen and the congregation’s vision, “herd” the call to make a difference.

Just getting started

More visits are coming soon. Stay tuned for more pictures and more stories.

Making a difference

We heard from one family member.

I just want to share and say THANK YOU for your visit to St Francis Home yesterday with the Cristo Rey Ranch. My Dad is a resident there and he said yesterday was the highlight of his whole stay (2 years). Having an Alpaca lick his screen was so wonderful. My dads spirits have gone down everyday since the lockdown and yesterday his voice was so full of life and I could hear his smile once again. I just wanted to say THANK YOU for making my dad smile and me cry! Bless you!!!

Another family member writes:

… Thanks so much. They enjoyed the visit. They are living in extreme boredom with little mental or physical stimulation. The visit was like a breath of fresh of air …

Villa Loretta & SSM Hospice Home of Hope

Sr. Stephen, our animals and three volunteers visited folks at the Hospice Home of Hope and the Villa Loretto. The lamb was a big hit.

Lake View Place & Woodlands

Our team was greeted by residents, staff, visitors and neighbors. Visitors were sitting or standing outside talking with loved ones on the phone — standing only a few feet from each other, separated by a window.

Notice our llama in full Irish Costume. A local 4 H group marches in the Fond du Lac St. Patrick’s Day Parade with animals from our ranch.

St Francis Campus & Christian Home

The ranch team was spotted by the staff of the Treffert Center and a side trip to visit with the kids was a big hit.

We are blessed to be a blessing.