‘Palette of opportunity’
Local teens and other volunteers arrived at Firefly Creek Ranch for the first Dream Station planning meeting on Saturday, April 7. Since February of 2017, Firefly Creek Ranch Founder and CEO Brenda Rose has been working to transform the site of the old Country View Estates property into an art, community and retreat center.
The Dream Station projects are geared toward young adults and teens who are searching for something purposeful to do over the summer months. The program is designed to help teens develop new skills, find new passions and feel that they are a part of something important.
“I just keep thinking about the teen shooting thing, and it just makes me think that kids need to feel included,” Rose explained. “They need to know that they’re valued and that they’re important and that they can make a difference. If you give them a purpose, something that is bigger than themselves, and give them the opportunity to create, I think it’s going to be amazing.”
A few of the projects Rose has planned for the summer include painting a barn, planting a community garden, building an outdoor patio area and painting inside of the main building. She is also looking for young adults who would be willing to keep the Firefly Creek Ranch Facebook and activities calendar up-to-date.
Despite it being prom night, Panorama High School student Cierra Wright dropped by the ranch to participate in the Dream Station meeting.
“I think being able to dedicate your time and your efforts is really important for yourself and for the community,” said Wright, who has been an active volunteer at Firefly Creek over the last year.
Moving into the summer months, Rose also plans to host a number of activities and events, including game nights, photography classes, video classes and more. To help get the property ready, she has recruited Betty and Jerry Phillips to live on-site as caretakers at the ranch.
Betty Phillips explained that she and her husband met Rose last year and immediately became excited about her vision for Firefly Creek.
“We walked around and got a tour of everything,” said Phillips. “We just thought it was a cool thing that she was doing.”
Rose says that the Phillips family will be assisting with the remodel and roof repairs while living at the ranch. With caretakers on the property, Rose says she is one step closer to being ready for overnight visitors.
Lower level rooms have been furnished and are nearly ready for use. All that is needed to move forward is heat and water, which Rose believes will be running in the near future.
On Saturday, April 28, Rose will be welcoming community members to an open house at Firefly Creek from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event will include food and live music.
It’s been over a year since Rose began transforming the property at Firefly Creek Ranch into a place of healing, and she has received numerous donations and made significant progress. Still, she has a lot of ideas for the ranch that she hopes to make possible through the Dream Station teen projects.
“This place is just a palette of opportunity,” said Rose.