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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: This organization is dedicated to adopting rescued and unwanted horses in order to give them a forever loving home and utilizes the horses to educate, mentor, and counsel individuals, children, and families through various equine assisted activities & therapies.

Results: Certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) to conduct Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. Certified by the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) to conduct horseback riding and horsemanship lessons. Proud members of the Maryland Horse Council.

Programs: Equine Assisted Mentoring Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Horse Sanctuary Horseback Riding & Horsemanship

Community Stories

20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tara31

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My organization at The Big Purple Barn has had the pleasure of partnering with Kristy and Desire through both the after school program they offer and the special needs community they serve. The horses and ponies at our sanctuary have provided the opportunity to allow individuals and horses to connect. Every time, Kristy is personally involved, very hands on, enthusiastic and brings great volunteers along with eager and excited visitors! We love to work with them and look forward to a lasting relationship!

Lori44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have had the pleasure of working with Desire Ministries' programs through Kristy and have enjoyed sharing our horses with everyone in the program. It is a special feeling indeed to see someone come alive while visiting with the horses. Kristy is a wonderful teacher with a kind heart. Her organizational skills are beyond all measure. We appreciate all that she has given us and our horses. Freedom Hill Horse Rescue Dunkirk, MD

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Desire Ministries is the best after school activity at my son's school. This program gives my son the opportunity to learn not just about horses as it relates to how they live or what they eat, but also how some horses are living in danger and need to be rescued. Mrs. Alvarez has a huge heart for horses and a much larger heart for Christ. Mrs. Alvarez shares her love with the children in horse club through her love for horses...WE LOVE DESIRE MINISTRIES!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Desire Ministries as a supporter/volunteer since 2009, and accepted a position on the Board of Directors in 2011. Desire's horse program has grown by leaps and bounds in the past year through Kristy Alvarez's hard work and dedication to making the organization better every day. Although she already understood horses through her years of expereince with them and her Certified Horsemanship Association instructor certification, Kristy knew she wanted to do more to help people connect with horses. She earned her Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) certification to help people with horses and is very involved with Parelli training systems to help herself, and others, understand more about helping horses. She has written plans for her organization and has proven her ideas by earning a few small grants to help expand some of her ideas. I'd like to note that this is an ALL-VOLUNTEER organization - no one is paid - and all overhead is paid through donations. I have first hand seen the horses Desire Ministries has helped, the wonderful partnerships Desire Ministries has made with other organizations in the community, and the people Desire Ministires has helped through this unique program of rescuing horses and helping people. Desire Ministries is most deserving o 2012 Top-Rated Awards recognition.

2 Mary108

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ms. Kristy has been a part of our lives for over 7 years. My Grandaughter has volunteered at Desire Ministries for many years.She has made a great impact on not only my Grandaughter but our whole family as well. Growing up with horses many years ago I personally know what horses can do for us and Kristy brings horses who need us together with people who need them. What an amazing outcome for both

1 patty

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Desire Ministries serves people and horses. By rescuing horses that might be otherwise be euthanized, these animals regain trust and eventual love of human beings. The adults and children who are introduced to rescued and rehabilitated horses gain innumerable benefits by becoming an integral piece in the equine healing. This beautiful ministry heals people and horses, alike. Kristy Alvarez is certified in numerous equine therapies, each one overlapping the specific needs of her clients. I can not think of a non profit that is more deserving of recognition and support than Desire Ministries. It is in a word; awesome.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an inspiration it has been to have volunteered at an open house event for Desire Ministries.
The depth of equine understanding and human compassion that Kristy has, just blew me away. I'd been aware of Kristy's education in counseling and her lifelong horsemanship experiences, but to see these combined skills put into action right before my eyes was just astounding.
During a riding event opportunity, I witnessed a withdrawn, anxious horse-shy child gain enough confidence to not only sit upon a horse; with Kristy's guidance, but to actually relax, focus and ENJOY riding. This beautiful transformation all took place as Kristy's people and horse skills, combined, gave comfort and confidence to a shy child and afforded a wonderfully therapeutic experience.
This memory will always stay with me, as I felt like i saw a child take it's first steps.....
Desire Ministries has helped countless other children as well as rescued horses that might have otherwise been discarded.
These horses have not only recovered, but flourished, under the care of Kristy.
In order for Desire Ministries to reach it's full potential, they need to purchase property with a barn.
To some this may sound like an impossible undertaking, but the miracle that I witnessed is enough to convince me that Desire Ministries is destined for success with my help and yours.
Please join me in supporting this wonderful Nonprofit Organization transform lives, one at a time....

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My niece Cassidy and I have been so blessed by volunteering with Desire Ministries. Cleaning the stables and "flinging poo" has taught her a hard work ethic. Grooming the horses has taught her patience and compassion. Learning to ride has taught her discipline and given her confidence. And the time we get to spend with each other has strengthened our bond as family and friends.

1 Eric D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter Kirstyn is a volunteer. She has learned so much about caring through the ministry and by Mrs. Alvardez's example, that it has had a major impact on her life. Kirstyn is learning great life lessons through Desire Ministries such as caring for others, personal responsibility, patience, and selfless service that is not often found in like programs. Kristy Alvarez's kindness, love, humbleness, and inspiration touch many lives and helped Kirstyn and her friends in a positive way. Desire Ministries inspirers those who are involved. It is a unique ministry that has touched many hearts. Kirstyn will continue to volunteer in the program because of how it touches the lives of people and horses.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have witnessed firsthand how horses can impact a person's soul. They become a partner, a friend and help people do things that they did not think they could do as well as build confidence. Horses help instill confidence with their partnership. I have personally seen this over and over again. Kristy who started Desire Ministries is one of the most giving and kind people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. I have been fortunate to be involved with her since 2003 as my student, an employee and over the years become a friend. Kristy is honest, organized, has good business sence as well as she is very good at what she does. She readily shares her knowledge and compassion with others. I have observed adults as well as children enjoy learning from her. I have enjoyed seeing Kristy's dream develope and watch her continue to grow in the process. Desire Ministries is a much needed program which can help so many people and horses in the process. We will all be better for having her mission in our lives.

1 Patty C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Desire Ministries has been quite a blessing to our family. Last year I signed Bethany (our daughter) up for horse camp and left a deposit with Kristy. I was surprised at how affordable her camps were and amazed at her vision. A couple of weeks after signing Bethany up, my husband lost his job. Even though the camp was incredibly affordable, we just couldn't find a way to pay our bills and horse camp.
I can't tell you how devasting it is to realize that you have to explain to your child that she is no longer able to attend. Especially after hearing her excitement about all she was going to do. It crushed my heart, I couldn't do it. I went back to the books and tried to find money somewhere~I couldn't. I called Kristy and explained our situation. She was very understanding and willing to sent back our deposit. She mentioned that she might be able to find someone who would be willing to help pay for Bethany to go to camp. I was encouraged and when I hung up the phone, prayed that God would somehow make a way.
Not long after, Kristy phoned with amazing news. Someone had agreed to pay the rest of the balance so that Bethany could attend. I can't tell you what an amazing moment that was for me. I was overwhelmed by the generousity of that person. Bethany could attend after all!
Bethany had the best time ever. Every day when I picked her up she had so many stories to share with me. She LOVED camp! I am so grateful for Desire Ministries and would highly recommend it. Thank you Kristy and all of you who help serve this community! You make a difference!