Who We Are

Our Founder:  Diane Gruber-Strickland

As long as I can remember, I’ve always had a vision and a desire to start a non-profit.  The desire being very strong in the area of equine rescue, and at the same time helping at-risk, troubled youth.  I never gave up on that vision or purpose, and in May of 2017 I traveled to Bend, Oregon to attend one of Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch’s Information Clinics.  It was here that I not only found the encouragement to move forward with my vision, but also tons of emotional support, valuable tools and information (from Troy and Kim Meeder & their staff) to put my vision into action.

With loads of encouragement from friends and family, that vision became a reality Spring of 2018 with the formation of our non-profit/501c3 called “Hope’s Haven Rescue & Youth Camp”.  Within this mentorship program, we strive to pair a rescue horse with a child of similar background, whether it be abuse, neglect or other form of emotional/physical trauma.

Another strong desire I’ve had is to write a book detailing the stories of the horses we’ve rescued and the children that have had their lives positively impacted through our mentorship program.  To date, this book titled, “Hope Heals” is currently under construction.

Diane Gruber-Strickland – Founder/Board President

Pam Lokey

Pam Lokey – Board Secretary

Angie Brewer

Angela Brewer – Board Treasurer

Laurie Shepler

Laurie Shepler – Support Person

Our Volunteers:

  • Pam Lokey – Crafts & activities, fundraiser support
  • Alyssa Olson – Horse handler, barn & misc. activities support
  • April Trimble – Barn & fundraiser support
  • Brenda Stauffer – Barn support; horse handler
  • Angie Brewer – Barn & fundraiser support
  • Brenda Shertzer – Barn support
  • Meisa Chase – Horse handler, barn support
  • Donita Sturgis – Session leader; horse handler; barn support
  • Margaret Williams – Session leader; misc. barn support
  • Vickie Rowe – Session leader; horse handler; misc. barn supportt
  • Donna & Terry Brubaker – Horse handler and fundraiser support
  • Ronald Aungst – Barn support

Jr. Volunteers:

  • Carson Shepler – Horse groom; barn support
  • Colby Shertzer – Horse groom; barn support
  • Everitt Olson – Horse groom; barn support
  • Alyssa Payne – Groom/handler; barn support


Our Program Horses:

  • Call Me MargarRita – Registered Bay quarter horse/appendix mare
  • Hope – Buckskin mare
  • Sage – Paint gelding with one blue eye
  • Ezekiels Freedom (Zeke) – Dark bay morgan/QH cross gelding
  • Lil’ miss Trixie – Sorrel, mini mare. Our “ice breaker” Pet therapy horse