Mission: Part of a network of the north american riding for the handicapped association, "hope" organizes and promotes customized activities utilizing horses to stimulate physical, mental and emotional growth, to develop trust, communication, self-discipline, concentration & awareness of one's own body in space to person's of most any age or disability including but not limited to: cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, visual or hearing impairments, spina bifida, emotional or learning disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injuries and paraplegia.
Programs: Classes offered in langley and oak harbor, wa to 69 participants with over 80 volunteers in 2010. Lesson fee reduction scholarships are available to students based on financial need. Application forms are available at the web site or by request. Hope uses the annual washington state department of education eligibility scale for public school meal rates to determine the amount of scholarship to award based on number of family members as compared to annual income (1 jan-31 dec). Multiple grants fund the scholarship fees.
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I have been involved with horses my whole life, so I figured I might put that knowledge and experience to good use, such as helping others! I started two years ago and have enjoyed every bit of it. The work I have done is directly with the students, walking beside them when they are on their horse, grooming, etc. A lot of the time just being around horses and getting positive feedback raises the students confidence, which is what H.O.P.E. is all about. It also helps with things like posture and muscle toning, and all this occurs while having a great time on a horse! The students are always extremely safe, with protective gear and many volunteers to jump into action at a moments notice. I have seen many students start out with doubts about how well they will be able to ride or even just being around horses, but soon enough their faces light up and they can't remember why they had doubts in the first place! H.O.P.E. is an incredible organization that should not be passed up!