Roxy Reed: This Week’s I AM, YOU ARE, WE ARE Nominee

Roxy Reed: This Week’s I AM, YOU ARE, WE ARE Nominee

 The next is that this week’s I AM, YOU ARE, WE ARE honoree by Ashton Greer and Nicole Van Hyfte


Inform me about your self:

My identify is Roxy Reed and I’m a Speech Language Pathologist. I additionally take care of and lift all of the animals on my remedy ranch together with my teenage daughter, Izzy. We personal Blue Heron Ranch and Retreat Middle, in addition to “Roxy’s Home”, the not for revenue that serves kids with particular wants by way of animal-assisted remedy that’s housed on the ranch. We host barn dances, firm picnics, company retreats, yoga and therapeutic retreats, weddings, birthday events, and different gatherings. The proceeds from Blue Heron Ranch occasions straight profit the kids served at Roxy’s Home.

Inform me about your loved ones:

I’ve two daughters, Lexy (20) and Izzy (16). Lexy is a sophomore at College of Illinois Champaign and Izzy is a junior at Heritage Excessive Faculty. Izzy and I reside on our 9-acre remedy ranch now and we depend on one another to take care of all 20 of our animals in addition to the property care and upkeep. The animals on our ranch are additionally our household. We now have three potbelly pigs, three alpacas, three chickens, two peacocks, seven barn cats and two home canines.

Have you ever all the time lived in Vermilion County?

I grew up in Vermilion County. I attended faculty at Northern Illinois College, then went to Nashville, Tennessee to work at Vanderbilt Hospital within the traumatic mind damage unit. I beloved working with sufferers who have been regaining cognitive abilities (reminiscence, reasoning, downside fixing).  I developed the college re-entry program and work re-entry program at Vanderbilt for sufferers who have been returning to their lives after severe head accidents. I beloved assessing their work and faculty conditions and serving to staff return to their jobs, many with modifications, after months in rehabilitation. Since my space of specialty was cognition, I checked out what “pondering abilities” they might must be profitable. I additionally labored with stroke sufferers on swallowing, feeding and speech. After a number of years there, I moved to Chicago to work with inside metropolis preschoolers who have been speech and language delayed. I break up my time between the Youngsters’s Place on Humbolt, a preschool for kids with the AIDS virus, and different preschools with low socioeconomic and at-risk kids. I targeted on pre-literacy and language and essentially the most enjoyable was instructing younger kids how a lot enjoyable it’s to learn. A lot of them had no books or print materials of their houses. Exposing them to the fantastic world of studying by way of literacy methods was a dream come true. After 14 years away, my husband and I returned to Danville to lift our youngsters.

Did you go to high school right here?

I went to Danville Excessive Faculty, then I attended DACC, then on to Northern Illinois College the place I obtained a bachelor’s diploma in Communicative Issues and a Grasp’s Diploma in Speech Language Pathology.

What made you both keep right here, or transfer right here?

I returned to Danville with my husband after residing in a number of large cities when my daughter was 9 months outdated.  I knew it was time to return residence and lift my household right here. I completely love Danville. I wished my kids to know their grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, and prolonged household. I knew we may make a distinction and I actually really feel we did that. We lived in Danville for 16 years and on our ranch in Homer for 4 years. Whereas we’re nonetheless in Vermilion County, we’re on the county line and are in a position to serve each Vermilion and Champaign County households. Whereas residing in Danville over time, I participated in lots of group fundraisers. I based the CASA Royal Ball, an interactive fairy story that ran from 2010 to 2014. I spent a number of years chairing numerous occasions on the Pageant of Bushes. One 12 months, we tried to interrupt the Guinness World Document for the Largest Gathering of Santa’s Elves. We formally counted 680 folks dressed as elves. Whereas we didn’t beat England’s file of 1100, it was an amazing strive, a lot enjoyable and we helped elevate cash for our native hospital. I restructured the Polar Categorical occasion, including a stage present, sizzling chocolate dancers on the buses, and plenty of different magical options. I consider one in all my strongest abilities is bringing magic to massive occasions and tapping into the enjoyment that kids are so open to receiving.

What jobs have you ever had, and have presently?

After returning to Danville, I opened a small touring speech remedy non-public observe serving low-income kids. I partnered with Head Begin and offered companies for all of Vermilion County at Head Begin websites. I used to be in a position to do that whereas elevating my daughters. Later, I opened a non-public observe on Gilbert Road, the place I offered particular person and group speech remedy for toddlers by way of the Early Intervention program. Someday, I took a toddler language group to my guardian’s residence on Denmark Street the place I used to be raised. We walked the paths within the woods behind the home. It was really easy to show new vocabulary phrases like butterfly, cattail, daisy, flower, and so on. once we have been the actual factor.  That’s when it hit me that I wanted to maneuver my non-public observe to the nation. I wished to give attention to nature-based remedy and animal-assisted remedy. Lower than a 12 months later, we discovered our present property in Homer that had an 11,000 sq. foot pole barn that was wheelchair and amtryke accessible! There was area for animals, occasions, fundraisers, a remedy clinic and outside remedy periods. Issues fell in place, and we moved to the ranch. The property was in disarray and we started working constructing the remedy clinic contained in the barn, constructing fences, cleansing up the uncared for property, and studying reside on a farm. I took lessons on alpaca care and animal husbandry and at last I used to be in a position to open as a non-public remedy observe. Ultimately, it turned clear we wanted group assist and volunteers to assist serve kids and households and fund the care and shelter of our remedy animals.  It was time to take the leap.  I organized and based a not for revenue, “Roxy’s Home”. We’ll formally open for speech remedy subsequent month, April of 2023. I’m licensed in Pure Language Acquisition, a selected therapy method for folks on the autism spectrum. This therapy method, together with animal-assisted remedy, have develop into the reply to unbelievable features and understanding of autism remedy that I’ve all the time felt was lacking. The animals have a knowledge that always surpasses my 25 years of expertise as a speech language pathologist. Remedy periods at Roxy’s Home could contain interplay with the resident animals, using amtrykes within the barn, swinging from a remedy swing within the barn, or stability strolling  on hay bales. Many kids should be shifting as a way to be studying. We plan to develop to bodily and occupational remedy sooner or later.


What volunteer alternatives do you take part in?

This 12 months, we hosted the 2nd annual Magical Nation Christmas within the barn. We decked the barn out for Christmas with over 20 bushes, and 1000’s of lights. We have been in a position to elevate funds to start our first official 12 months as a not for revenue. Youngsters and households got here for the Santa dance social gathering, walked the alpacas, made alpaca fiber ornaments, and loved sizzling chocolate and a deal with.

If I’m not engaged on the ranch, I’m volunteering with Ambucs or different non-profits. If I’m not in a remedy session, I’m cleansing a stall or the rooster coop. Our household has realized what exhausting work actually is, and a healthful way of life within the nation is a life value residing.


What do you do for enjoyable?

I like campfires within the yard. Making dinner in foil packs on the fireplace and consuming exterior within the night underneath the massive oak bushes is nothing wanting bliss. I like taking my pigs on their every day stroll to the barn. The interactions between our animals are all the time a supply of pleasure. When Glad the alpaca is loving on a barn cat my coronary heart simply swells, or when Humphrey the potbelly pig begins his foolish antics, it makes us all chortle. Concord on the ranch is necessary and all of us work together and performance as a household. I like reside music, dancing, and hanging out with my buddies and my daughters. I like planning occasions and magical experiences for households. I like seeing a toddler attain a aim in remedy they didn’t notice was doable. I meditate and pray every morning, all the time searching for divine steerage for the subsequent steps to take, and the very best methods I can serve others. Gratitude has been the important thing to a joyful life. Every morning I fill a journal web page or two with gratitude from the day earlier than.

Anything you’d like so as to add?

With every new step, the dangers are all the time accompanied by soul-wrenching worry. Working in Chicago’s inside metropolis in excessive drug-trafficking neighborhoods, opening my non-public observe in Danville, founding a not for revenue, “Roxy’s Home”, starting animal-assisted speech remedy, or opening Blue Heron Ranch and Retreat Middle. Every time, there may be the looming worry of failure simply over my proper shoulder. I all the time attempt to go ahead anyway, and it’s all the time bumpy and imperfect. I educate my women that when your coronary heart is singing, your knees might also be trembling. Attempt to hearken to your coronary heart and ignore the knees. Wonderful issues can occur! We’re so excited to open the occasion heart and remedy subsequent month. It appears I’ve been getting ready for this for a lifetime.

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or contact Ashton Greer, Metropolis of Danville or

Nicole Van Hyfte, Vermilion Benefit

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