Stepping Stones Ranch supports the opportunity for life change offering equine assisted learning, individualized academic programs and life skills to help students develop their potential for a brighter future.
  • We are passionate about helping youth who may have personal, family or academic struggles.
  • We are a residential youth ranch offering students and their families experiential opportunities to learn, grow and work together towards healing their relationships.
  • We are focused on breaking the cycles of negative thoughts, feeling and behaviors by replacing them with positive, healthy life skills.
  • We are a faith-based 501c3 non-profit, offering healing and hope through the love of Jesus Christ.
  • We offer the ability for students to do credit recovery and thrive academically.
  • We are licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services as a Group Home.
  • We are a Title IV E provider.
  • We also provide Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) for non-residential youth, families and groups.
  • We provide an Independent Living Skills program to help youth build on their strengths.
Our Mission

Stepping Stones Ranch is a residential youth ranch offering hope and healing through equine therapy, individualized academic programs, and independent life skills to build a promising future in a home filled with love and compassion

Our Vision

Stepping Stones Ranch exists as a residential youth ranch to break the cycle of abuse, neglect and abandonment by reaching out to youth to help them redeem their past, restore peace within their hearts and renew hope for a brighter future, one step at a time.

Our Faith

According to Jeremiah 29:11, we believe each student has a plan and purpose for their life and we provide support along their journey,
ONE STEP AT A TIME.

Co-Founders

Danielle Combs

Danielle has had the vision of a working youth ranch for over 15 years. While taking a personality test in the corporate world, and having her suggested vocations keep turning out to be a farmer, clergy or social work, little did she know how her life would turn around after going through a corporate downsizing.

After leaving the corporate world and  going to work for a large YMCA camp, she  saw first hand the impact of pairing youth with horses. Danielle’s life verse is Jeremiah 29:11 and believes each person has a plan and a purpose for their life. She loves helping those youth on that path to finding what their plan and purpose may be. 

Danielle loves working alongside her husband, Ken, who has an incredible love for the outdoors. They have a the most amazing son Matt and a fabulous daughter-in-law Jada and two magnificent granddaughters, Emilee & Tegan.

Danielle is a very hands-on person with SSR and loves to spend quiet time in the barn with the horses, mucking stalls, and many times can be seen on the tractor mowing. She is always amazed at how the horses respond to  different situations with the kids and how the kids respond back to them. It makes every day an adventure.

Dar brings her love of the Lord, animals, outdoors, youth and teaching together in the vision of SSR. She graduated from Wilmington College with her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and Camp Ministry. She also studied at United Theological Seminary in foundation Christian Educational studies and then received her Master of Arts in Christian Education from Logos University in Jacksonville, Fl. She has over 25 years of experience working with youth and women’s ministries.

She is married to Steve Hensley and they have 2 great teenagers, Lucy and Josh. Dar is driven to reach out to troubled youth and their families according to James 1:27. Dar brings outdoor educational experience from working at YMCA Storer Camps and Glen Helen. She enjoys a hands-on, experiential-learning approach to looking at the patterns of nature to teach about the power and attributes of God according to Romans 1:20. Dar is a creative teacher offering understanding and healing to individuals with her experience of Biblical teaching and counseling. She uses word pictures from the behaviors of the horses, donkeys, and patterns of nature in everyday life to help youth and their families discover hope and healing.

Dar can testify that stumbling blocks can become stepping stones for success when we trust God with our lives. She looks forward to the development of SSR while depending on God for the provision and for the future legacy of SSR to be handed on to the next generation.

Board Of Directors

Danielle Combs
Dar Hensley
Heather Plum
Donna Potts