Isaiah 11 Ministry exists to help individuals, couples, and families find hope and healing from life’s many struggles. We offer counseling, life-coaching, tutoring, mentoring, groups, pet sitting for individuals in shelters or treatment facilities, and a refuge for abused or neglected animals. We also offer animal encounters as we help the animals in the ministry reach their full potential with many of them having come to us after suffering abuse or neglect.
Sometimes, it can be hard to talk to a professional counselor in a “professional” office setting. Although we are professionals, our approach is a little different. We want you to be relaxed and comfortable. It’s much easier to sit on a friend’s sofa and discuss life’s hardships than it is to sit in a clinical office and talk with a complete stranger. Sometimes, it’s even easier when you have a cat or dog to snuggle with while you talk, which is why we have several rescue animals that can be incorporated into counseling sessions.
Linda Ozier, the executive director, started as a counselor and worked for various counseling agencies specializing in helping children heal. She already had a cat rescue at her home. One day, she had to bring newborn kittens to work with her because the mama cat had passed away. One of her clients, a rather withdrawn little boy who had suffered abuse from his estranged father, was having a hard time staying calm while talking about the abuse.
This little boy had learned that when faced with difficult things, all he could do was lash out by kicking, hitting, and yelling. However, that day, as he held a newborn kitten who was so tiny and vulnerable, he was able to reach out and finally talk about the abuse. What an eye-opening experience that was!
Since then, Linda has purchased a property with a barn and trailer. She has turned the property into a counseling center and animal refuge. There are rescue horses, goats, pigs, chickens, a duck, a miniature donkey, bunnies, dogs, and cats. Sometimes, the animals are used in the counseling process in a planned way such as equine (horse) assisted therapy. Other times, helping to feed chickens or clean horse stalls can be part of a rewarding volunteer experience or a way to give back to the ministry.
We also welcome families and groups to the ministry farm to enjoy the peaceful surroundings, have a place to run and play, or connect with others in the community. We will not turn anyone away based on their ability to pay. Many who can’t pay by traditional means choose to offer some service at the ministry in return, but this is not a requirement. Thus, we are a faith-based ministry that relies on the generosity of compassionate individuals, churches, and businesses to fund our activities. If you are interested in any of our services or in volunteering at the ministry, please give us a call.
Business hours are flexible by appointment. Please call to schedule an appointment.
- Counseling for kids, teens, adults, couples, and families: Spots are available by appointment.
- Animal adoptions: This service is available by appointment.
- Volunteer opportunities:
This service is available by appointment.
- Pet sitting: This service is available to be discussed by appointment. It allows us to care for pets whose owners are at shelters, at treatment centers, or are homeless.
- Terrible, Horrible Me Club: Anyone is welcome. It meets every Monday from 5-6:30pm. This is for people who have been put down or bullied so they can build up their self-image.
- Barn Group:
Anyone is welcome. It meets every Tuesday from 6-8pm. This is for kids, teens, and adults to gather together
to care for the animals, have a time of prayer, enjoy a meal together, and participate in a life or social skills discussion or activity.
- Tutoring: Spots are available by appointment. This service is offered on an as-needed basis and is individualized to meet the needs of the student being served.
- Advocacy at schools: Spots to discuss this service are available by appointment.
- Support groups: Call to make an appointment to discuss this service. This service is offered on an as-needed basis and is individualized to meet the needs of the people being served.
- Bible study: Call to make an appointment to discuss this service. It can be led by someone at the ministry, or an existing Bible study group can choose to meet at the ministry.
- Outdoor gatherings: Spots are available by appointment. The property can be used for outdoor gatherings such as birthday parties, graduation parties, reunions, or weddings when there is nice weather.
Cat..........a donation of $10 or more to the ministry or 1 hour or more of volunteer time
Dog..........a donation of $10 or more to the ministry or 1 hour or more of volunteer time
Chicken..........a donation of $10 or more to the ministry or 1 hour or more of volunteer time
Duck..........a donation of $10 or more to the ministry or 1 hour or more of volunteer time
Rabbit..........a donation of $10 or more to the ministry or 1 hour or more of volunteer time
Goat..........a donation of $30 or more to the ministry or 3 hours or more of volunteer time
Pig..........a donation of $30 or more to the ministry or 3 hours or more of volunteer time
Horse..........a donation of $50 or more to the ministry or 5 hours or more of volunteer time
If for any reason the adopter cannot keep the animal, we ask for the animal to be brought back to the ministry.
The price of dropping off an animal is a minimum donation of $10.
- Dry or canned cat food
- Kitty litter
- Sweet mix horse food
- Omolene 100 or 200 horse feed
- Sawdust bedding for the horse stalls
- Pig food
- Goat chow
- Carrots, apples, or packaged horse or goat treats
- Cabbage and celery to be used as rabbit treats
- Straw to be used as bedding for the animals
- Non-slip barn lime
- Heated water bowls
- Hand sanitizer
- All-purpose cleaners
- Bottled water
- Individual drink mix packets
- Small or individual bags of snacks (examples include Goldfish, Teddy Grahams, snack mixes, Rice Krispie Treats, etc.)
- Paper towels
- Paper plates
- Toilet paper
You can also donate money in person or online with a PayPal account: https://www.paypal.com/paypalme/isaiah11ministry
. Thank you for your help and support. You have made a difference. Your donations are very beneficial to the ministry and are greatly appreciated.
Another way you could help is by offering to provide meals for Barn Group. If you are interested in donating meals, call Isaiah 11 Ministry to discuss how and when you can help.