In our 10+ years, Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA) has impacted more than 7,100 Sheep Dogs through 161 Outdoor Adventures and 323 Disaster Response Missions. With the addition of SDIA facilitating the Warrior PATHH training program in Northwest Arkansas, we will improve the lives of an additional 72-100 Veterans and First Responders each year.
To further our missions and ensure our programs continue to inspire positive change in the lives of thousands more Sheep Dogs, SDIA is developing Heroes Ranch at Rush Springs.
SDIA purchased 50 acres of property that connects to Rush Springs Ranch just over the Arkansas border in Missouri. Named Heroes Ranch at Rush Springs, this property will be used to facilitate our Outdoor Adventures (OAs) and Warrior PATHH (WP) training programs. We are currently remodeling the existing structures and will begin break ground on the Warrior PATHH Training Facility in November 2021.
LCpl Anthony Darbonne Lodge (above) is a 4,000-square-foot lodge currently being remodeled. Darbonne Lodge provides lodging for up to 12 Staff members as they conduct our OA and WP programs, and has a full kitchen (being remodeled by The Duley Group and Constellation Properties), large dining room, two full and one half baths, a large living room, pool table & dart board, laundry room and more. Adjacent to Darbonne Lodge is Heroes Ranch Stables, which includes a horse barn, stables and arena; while the current arena is functional, we will be building a covered arena to ensure its use no matter the weather.
Sr Chief Paul Engleman Lodge (left) is a 3,000-sqare-foot Lodge that will have the Warrior PATHH Staff offices as well as a fitness/yoga studio, a transcendental meditation room, showers, a meeting area, and lodging for Staff.
SDIA is honored to offer the Warrior PATHH training program in Northwest Arkansas through a partnership with program creators Boulder Crest Institute. Adding to its prestige, the Warrior PATHH program became part of the Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network In February of 2021, helping Veterans and First Responders get the assistance they need for traumatic brain injuries and mental wellness.
In November 2021, ground will be broken on our dedicated Warrior PATHH Training Facility on a hilltop overlooking the property. The Training Facility will include a classroom, kitchen, dining room, and dorm rooms & bathrooms for 8 students. The property will also have an archery range, labyrinth, Heroes Garden and hiking/walking trails.