Lois Dawn Fritz of New Freedom Farm in Buchanan is one of 66 chosen to be in a business competition called the Gauntlet. She is sponsored and supported by the Town of Buchanan. Her vision is to save horses and provide a service to veterans suffering from PTSD. New Freedom Farm is a non-profit organization that wants to better the lives of animals and people.
Fritz, the founder/director/chief stall mucker, veteran supporter and horse lover of New Freedom Farm is in her first charity volunteer role. In her paying job, she is a forensic nurse.
The Gauntlet competition is staged by the Advancement Foundation and covers Botetourt as well as Roanoke .
The resources at the Town of Buchanan Fritz into the town.
"I met with a SBA gentlemen(sorry his name escapes me), Harry Gleason and Mary Zirkle who are on town staff and were were helpful and supportive," she said. New Freedom Farm, Inc. was formed in May 2016.
Fitz was encouraged by Mary Zirkle the Town Manager to apply for the Gauntlet. Banners in support of Fritz's endeavor hang all over town. Fritz is intrigued by the process and is looking forward to the Gauntlet classes.
“There is no other business than New Freedom Farm I would want to be establishing, she said. My hope and dream is to be sustainable for many years to come. I believe participating in the Gauntlet will help me learn how to do this. My future for New Freedom Farm is to be at the farm full time and available to veterans and their families six days a week, perhaps even establish temporary housing in the long run.
New Freedom Farm's mission statement is to Heal Human's Through Horses. The non profit organization runs solely off donations from supporters. Veterans and their families come to the farm free of charge to heal through the equine residents at New Freedom Farm. The horse have either been donated or rescued from horrible situations.
"The pain and trauma these horses have experienced can be felt by the veteran with PTSD/substance abuse/TBI and the veteran can feel the pain of the horses," Fitz said.
At the end of the competition, prizes will be awarded. Like all non-profits, Fritz has a good use for whatever she might win. Horses and property always need monetary help.
"If one advances confidentially in the directions of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life he has imagined, he will awaken a success in common hours," she said.
To make a donation to New Freedom Farm go to www.newfreedomfarm.net or check them out on Facebook.