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Dream Catcher Stables Inc

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PO Box 1454 Spring TX 77383 USA

Mission:

Our Mission is: to provide a place in perpetuity where individuals with disabilities can be successful, equal, and capable; growing to their maximum life''s potential through interaction with horses in a positive environment.We accomplish our mission by providing educational, recreational, and sport programming, including vocational/prevocational opportunities, to youth at risk and youth and adults with disabilities. Individuals are accepted without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. Our funding comes form individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Results:

In the past 10 years 159 riders with disabilities achieved 143 first, 155 second, 132 third, 117 fourth, 90 fifth, 67 sixth, 17 seventh, 13 eighth, and 67 participation awards. Adjudicated youth (168) completed 2601 hours of court ordered community service with approximately 95% of them returning to a positive life pathway. High school students (164) worked 740 hours in facility and equipment maintenance to recoup credit for poor school attendance. The organization ran using 449 volunteers giving 31,1955 volunteer hours providing 2,635 lessons in an outdoor setting.

Target demographics:

people with disabilities ages 5 and older

Direct beneficiaries per year:

16 riders received 150 lessons, won 65 awards including 8 firsts.

Geographic areas served:

the greater Houston area

Programs:

Currently teaching youth and adults with disabilities and youth-at-risk to ride and care for horses. Our riders compete in two horse shows annually. The adjudicated youth community service program continues to demonstrate a 97% success rate.

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My grand daughter who has Downs Syndrome started riding in this program when she was five years old & she's now 15, before she started riding she was not sitting up straight and had no confidence in herself. The confidence that she's gotten from being able to ride & compete in Top Hands and other competitions have been amazing and she's so outgoing now & loves the shows. To her she has no disabilities! Thank God it is a program that I can afford to keep my granddaughter in!

 
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Dreamcatchers stables has helped my 11 year old daughter , when she first started 2 years ago our life after school was very hard there was lots of crying and yelling ,I think due to the frustrations that come along with having a learning disability. This year she has been able to ride often because the weather has held out for us as a result she has gained more confidence and is joining clubs at school now.-Mandy , I

 
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My daughter started this program because of someone recommending Dreamcatchers when I was sharing about her learning disorder. I couldn't ask for more, Sanna takes the time for this because she truly believes in it and I'm so greatful.

 
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I am a volunteer at Dream Catcher Stables. I feed our nine beautiful horses two days a week. On weekends I help with the riding and horsemanship programs we offer to disabled and handicapped young folks and adults. I am retired and now have time to do more things that I enjoy but my time is not limitless. I am grateful for my situation in life and feel that I want to include some amount of community service in my activities. This is not a perfect world and there are many people, animals, and organizations that need help. The Government can’t meet everyone’s needs though it might try. I know I am only one person but I want to do my part. Volunteering takes time, energy, and sometimes money and it can mean a lot of hard work. I am happy that I became acquainted with Dream Catcher Stables several years ago and have made volunteering there a meaningful part of my life. Over the years I have met many wonderful people through the program including generous volunteers and serious athletes who want to do their best regardless of their limitations. It is truly amazing to see how the interaction of the athletes and our horses has such positive results. In many of our athletes, I have witnessed improved confidence, self-esteem, and physical strength. Their family members often tell us how the experiences at our barn have positively affected their lives at home, and school, or work. We are a small organization but we are providing services to an ever growing number of athletes. We have aspirations of growing our facilities to better serve our athletes and meet the future demands. It is rewarding to be a part of an organization that manages its limited assets well and offers so much with very little.

 
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My son Parker is on the Autism Spectrum. We came to Dream Catcher Stables Inc about 3 years ago after Sanna Roling heard about Parker's school situation. He was having a very difficult time in school with anxiety and meltdowns and was actually scared to go to school. My husband and myself found ourselves at the school on a daily and/or weekly basis. I t became difficult to do our jobs due to the anxiety and anticipation of phone calls. Parker's self help skills had also regressed at this point. Our family was struggling at this point. Mrs. Roling immediately invited Parker to come to Dream Catcher Stables Inc. Upon Parker's arrival to Dream Catcher Stables Inc, he immediately felt at home and was treated with respect and kindness. This is truly a place where our family doesn't have to apologize for his behavior and acceptance. His confidence and self esteem are continuing to grow. He has become more verbal as well as his balance has improved. He is now able to ride a bicycle without training wheels and is able to focus and not crash into things thanks to the skills Mrs. Roling and her volunteers have taught him. He looks forward to coming every week. Mrs. Roling also believed in him and gave him an opportunity to participate and in the Top Hands Rodeo two years in a row. He is very proud of his trophies and the memories that he has from each rodeo. We have also witnessed the care and individual attention that is given to every rider. Mrs. Roling doesn't turn any rider away even if they don't have any means to pay. She has tried very hard to raise money to buy some permanent land. However, it is very difficult in today's economy. My hope and wish for her is that she is able to buy the land so that she can make a difference in many more lives for years to come.

 
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My son has Autism and was having a lot of problems in school. When Sanna Roling, the President, of Dream Catcher's Stables Inc., heard about our sons problems, she informed my husband and I about her program. We are very grateful for her, her vision of Dream Catcher Stables, and the volunteers that come out each week to assist the riders. She services individuals both children and adults with physical and mental disabilities and truly cares about each rider and their families. She doesn't turn anyone away and is very professional. We are so glad that we heard about this program. She puts 100% of the donations into her program and isn't looking for a profit like so many other therapy programs. Our son looks forward to riding the horses and seeing Mrs. Roling. He is learning a lot from being in her program.

 
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Three years ago we were searching for an experience for our developmentally disadvantaged sister. She loves animal and expressed interest in riding a horse. She lives in a group home in Louisiana and after finding Dream Catchers my sister and I have alternated driving 150 miles each way every other weekend for her to ride and participate in Dream Catchers programs. She has gained confidence, better balance, and pride of accomplishment. She has been accepted as a peer in a world where she is sometimes dismissed because of her disabilities. She has been able to participate in the Houston Rodeo program with Dream Catchers for three years and is very proud of the trophies and ribbons she has won. Dream Catchers has been an answer to our prayers for giving her a better life.

 
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The fact that we even found Dream Catcher Stables is God's intervention. My daughter and I were sitting in a surgical center waiting for another one of her surgeries when we met someone from this program. My daughter was 4 at the time and knows no stranger. She will talk to anyone and this person happened to be waiting beside us. They started talking to us and this person invited us to come try out the program when she turned 5.

My daughter has some pretty severe developmental delays and balance issues. I wasn't sure how it would go but figured we would try it out. I was kind of nervous to put her on the horse that first day but was pleasantly surprised. My child who sometimes will stumble and fall just randomly on the ground has almost perfect balance on the horse.

Dream Catcher Stables is quite a drive from our house but we make the trip most weekends that weather permits. There are other programs closer but none that offer such individual service at such an affordable price. My daughter loves coming here and loves working with Sanna. I cannot say enough good things about them.

Her balance has definitely improved since starting. To me, though, one of the best things is my daughter is able to have something that she can do. She isn't really able to play sports like most kids can but this is something she can be involved in and in a few years they will even teach her to compete.

 
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Catching Life’s Real Dreams

Picture the aura when an angry youth currently taking a negative life path realizes he is doing so because he was outside playing when his mother died. For six long years he blamed himself for her death. At Dream Catcher Stables he finally opened his thoughts in the presence of his father. They both began to heal.
Answer the phone and hear a mother say, “Can we come back? Because of you my son can walk. (Eight years had passed since I first met the family.) Later they wrote a review which I quote in part here with minor spelling and punctuation changes
“… We are so blessed growing with this program. Dream Catchers is absolutely a genuine non-profit program that help the disabled grow, build faith, patience, and inspire not to give up - everyone has a purpose in life. The program is fun and exciting. My son enjoyed and also my family watching the progress. …”
Receive a note that says in part “because of this program I am no longer in [mental] hospitals.”

Coaching a person with traumatic brain injury to learn to ride and watching year after year as the awards are usually last place, until one year when his world IS IN ORDER, he wins not one but two first place awards. A fluke? No. He did it again the next year.

For nearly 30 years I have been teaching youth and now also adults with disabilities to ride and care for horses. Establishing three different organizations during that time, today I devote my volunteer efforts (and money) to Dream Catcher Stables, Inc www.dreamcatcherstables.org. With the mission: “ To provide a place in perpetuity...” last year Dream Catcher Stables took the first steps to a major capital campaign which will do just that – provide a permanent home for the program.

Retired I now get to follow my passion and impart that passion to others. With nine loving horses and a group of dedicated volunteers, at 72 this all-volunteer public charity gives me a reason to get up every day. My duties include feeding, cleaning stalls, teaching lessons, and untold hours of administrative and fundraising efforts.

Though I will never know just how many lives I have truly touched I can tell you that families now interact with their member with a disability in more public ways because they have seen the capabilities that abound. Youth with disabilities mature into goal oriented adults capable of helping themselves and their community.

Recent reviews give a glimpse of the warm, fuzzy feelings of accomplishment that I have every day because of Dream Catcher Stables, Inc.

“I have seen this organization grow from a grass field to a professional organization that helps children of all ages and backgrounds. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. I have watched children's lives become more fulfilling and watched them come alive in this therapy! I have seen a kid headed down the wrong path turn around when he won a belt buckle! I believe this was the 1st time in his life anyone cared and it was all due to Dream Catchers! Hours and hours have been put in by volunteers. This is a very happy place, very kind and very educational program! “
“My son was in his first rodeo thanks to Sanna and Dream Catcher Stables. He had the time of his life and loves looking at his trophies and reminiscing about his next rodeo.”
“…My Dream for her is to live as independently as possible and Dream Catchers will have played a very important part in that.” Through horses, this young person with Down syndrome now is an integral part of her school’s cheerleading squad.
“My son has Autism and was having a lot of problems in school. When Sanna Roling, the President, of Dream Catcher's Stables Inc., heard about our sons problems, she informed my husband and I about her program. We are very grateful for her, her vision of Dream Catcher Stables, and the volunteers that come out each week to assist the riders. She services individuals both children and adults with physical and mental disabilities and truly cares about each rider and their families. She doesn't turn anyone away and is very professional. We are so glad that we heard about this program. She puts 100% of the donations into her program and isn't looking for a profit like so many other therapy programs. Our son looks forward to riding the horses and seeing Mrs. Roling. He is learning a lot from being in her program.” More importantly, he went from being a major challenge for his schoolteachers to being a model student.
I keeping with the legacy of my parents, I have definitely found a place where I can be useful and leave this world a better place for having been here.

 
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As the President, Founder, and Lead Instructor, I continue to be amazed at the results attained. In the beginning, I believe that self esteem and physical issues would improve. What I've discovered is that families, not just persons with disabilities, are enriched. Volunteers learn to accept and treat persons with disabilities as people with possibilities. Most recently I had the opportunity to provide place where a paraplegic with horsemanship knowledge could come and be independent -- on the ground and on the horse. You just had to be there for this one. My athlete/volunteer groomed my horses and then rode proving once again that people who daily move around on wheels are just like people who walk on two legs. To think that the whole picture was viewed by a youth completing adjudicated community service.

As a Special Educator by profession, this program shows all of the time that inclusion rather than exclusion is appropriate.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Believing in the power of people. I set out to establish an organization where people with disabilities could be included in the real world. What happened was beyond my ability to dream as people from all walks of life and all ages began to understand each other. Before my eyes the magic of inclusion happened. Stigmas have been removed and people are people

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

*students with disabilities succeeding scholastically, *students at risk of dropping out are "dropping back in" because of the community service component of this organization *families are healing *schools are becoming safer places

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would get them a tractor to maintain their property, then find enough money to be able to create a real office and classroom so that their program could expand to it's full potential, and reward their volunteers approximately 20 of whom give over 100 hours each year in this all volunteer public charity.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Have the funding capability to support their entire planned program.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I continue with this organization because it continues to teach me how to be a better educator and person through real life experiences.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Indescribably warm and fuzzy.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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It has been so refreshing to find Dream Catcher Stables, where my son is able to experience everything that he had longed to get from traditional sports (teamwork, friendship, etc.), in a setting that is both positive and encouraging. There are riders from every type of background and with varying types of disabilities. Everyone receives the same treatment regardless of who they are or what their ailment is. No one is degraded for what they can’t do. They are constantly praised for what they can do, and instructed on how to improve the things that they can’t (yet) achieve. They have succeeded in creating a feeling of community and friendship that is often elusive to people with disabilities. It is also very rewarding to see my children develop valuable connections / relationships with both the volunteers and the horses. They are truly disappointed when we get rained out, because they can’t see “Smokey” or “Lil Bit” this week. Every volunteer at Dream Catcher is wonderful to work with, and they take a genuine interest in all the riders and their families. They provide expert instruction, and they help each participant to achieve their highest level of attainment through a combination of encouragement and gently pushing them to do more than they believe is possible. When they are able to attain the next levels of achievement, the rewards are priceless. My son had trouble being in large crowds and being the center of attention, and so the fact that he was able to participate in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in front of an arena full of people was a huge accomplishment. The fact that he won his trail division to boot, gave him confidence that with hard work, anything is possible. These life lessons are truly a priceless tool that you have to experience in order to fully grasp the concept. Dream Catcher Stables has allowed my son to experience these things, and I am extremely grateful. This program not only helps people with disabilities, but also the parents of children with disabilities. For a long time I felt like I had to hover over my son for fear of him getting hurt, or that he would suffer mistreatment at the hands of others because of his disability. I have never had that concern with Dream Catcher. I would recommend Dream Catcher Stables to any person who is or family that has someone with a disability.

 
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Dream Catchers been apart my son life during the time he was struggling to walk at age 7 now walking at age 18. We are so bless growing with this program. Dream Catchers is absolutely a genuine non-profit program that help the disabled grow build faith, patients, and inspire not to give up everyone has a purpose in life. The program is fun and exciting. My son enjoyed and also my family watching the progress. The journey was a purpose and I want to say Thank you Mrs. Sana Roling.

 
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My son was in his first rodeo thanks to Sanna and Dream Catcher Stables. He had the time of his life and loves looking at his trophies and reminiscing about his next rodeo. Sanna and her volunteers are wonderful and do not expect anything in return.

 
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