You have no idea how excited we are. We found the perfect property to have VICS Ranch and it has been only a dream for the last 2.5 years.
The property is 2.5 to 3 million - But on Friday, we went to see the property again. I don't know why, we can't afford it. Tim Hawkins, the owner, was there. God spoke to him the moment we met with him in person and he dropped the price for us to 1.5... WOW you might think. I know I did. As we spent more time together, he decided to throw in his 100K John Deer tractor and all the other things he wasn't planning on leaving.
While we continued to look at the property, we spent a lot of time talking about all the ideas and plans we had for it and how many Veterans we will be able to help on this 82 acre ranch off the Tennessee River. At one point just Tim and I were alone in the house. He grabbed me by both my shoulders and said, "Please tell me you're going to buy the place for your ranch." I replied, "Oh God Tim, we definitely want this place, it is perfect and ready for action. But, I'm not going to blow smoke up your ass and lie to you. We do not have the money - we will have to find it, get donors etc. if there is any way you can just hold off a little and gimme time to raise it." We hugged and he said I will help however I can.
After 2 and a half hours walking, talking and dreaming of the possibilities and the realtors already gone, it was time to leave. As we were headed out Tim stopped alongside us in his truck, us in our jeep, he asked, "Are you in a hurry?" We said no. He said, "Why don't you come back up to the house and let's have a chat.
We drove back up to the house and while my husband gave the dogs water and Tim was downstairs locking up I went into the screened porch and looked out at the view across the Tennessee River and dropped to my knees to pray. My husband came in while I was praying and later told me when Tim walked in he reverently took off his hat and put it to his chest while I finished praying. I wasn't embarrassed by my tears, I was just so moved by the offers Tim had already given us. He said, "take a seat."
Tim said, I have a guy coming Wednesday and I'm sure he is going to buy it. But, I don't want him to buy it, I want you to have it. God has pressed on my heart for this to be where VICS Ranch is meant to be. So this is what I want to do - if you can come up with 100,000 and we can get a contract in place, and it's yours. He said he will hold the mortgage until we can raise the remainder of the 1.5 - but we can move in immediately and get started serving our Brothers and Sisters in need immediately. The only caveat is we have to have this by Wednesday. So we need to raise the 100k, then he'll give us a contract and let us move in and Open the doors.
I'm sorry this is so long I want you to get the whole story in a nutshell.
We need help to get our message out. I am putting out more plea videos and would greatly appreciate any help.
We are under the gun because we basically have to raise 100k in the next day.
Thank you so much,
Message to Joe Bachman who wrote "A Soldier's Memoir"
Hi I sent a friend request to Tyler and Dave from the video "A Soldier's Memoir" and Joe Bachman who wrote song - I was so touched by it and wanted to have permission to use it. I connected with both Tyler and Dave and was given Joe's email and asked for permission to use his song. He replied;
I would be absolutely HONORED! Chills up and down my spine right now… what an amazing story!
"Within each of us is an elusive melody
which when heard and followed, can
lead us to the fulfillment of our fondest dreams."
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- Support Veterans and First Responders and their families
- Empower veterans and First Responders as they gain new passions and work together to help each other.
- Change the world for just one person - however imagine the possibilities if we take action - We can reduce suicide, depression, and homelessness when we work together.
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Veterans Independent Connected Support Ranch—VICS RANCH—Is a safe, tranquil, and breathtaking place for Veterans and First Responders to come to, or come back to. Whether you come to VICS Ranch for a day, week, month or a year or more, we will always be here as your extended family ensuring you are never alone, helping you to thrive, not just survive. VICS Ranch has got your six.
We encourage all who come here to return as a volunteer to mentor and share your experience, knowledge and journey, enriching the minds and lives of those who follow.
“Within each of us is an exclusive melody which when heard and followed, can lead us to the fulfilment of our fondest dreams” Joe Bachman
Our vision is to help those wanting to find a new mission, passion, or undiscovered talent.
Our mission is to eradicate or reduce suicide, homelessness, and assist those qualified to become Independent, while staying Connected, and understand they always have Support.
VICS Ranch Inc. shall be operated exclusively for job skills training, art and animal therapy, creative design and housing as needed for veterans, first responders or their immediate family members.