At Dare to Dream Ranch, Vets Find Their Mission After the Military

The Foster nonprofit facilitates entrepreneurship and healing among veterans, active-duty and military families.


Along a dirt road in Foster, a canopy of American flags leads to Dare to Dream Ranch, a place of pastoral peace for veterans searching for their mission after the military — particularly those battling mental health challenges. Karen Dalton, whose father is a Marine, founded the nonprofit in 2014 after gardening, nutrition and horse therapy improved her own chronic condition.


“My goal is to help others do the same,” says Dalton. The ranch offers agricultural therapy — think: collecting chicken eggs for the VA homeless shelter — equine therapy, overnight retreats and career support. Dalton is also fundraising for an indoor equine facility, a gift shop for veteran-made wares and acreage to accommodate tiny homes for vets in need. A volunteer herself, Dalton is supported by a fleet of civilians and military families called to serve those who’ve served for us.