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Partners For Progress Nfp

Rating: 4.91 stars   32 reviews 1,257

Nonprofit Issues:

Disabilities, Human Services


23525 W. Milton Road Wauconda IL 60084 USA


•The mission of Partners For Progress is to provide alternative equine therapeutic programs to individuals with physical, mental and emotional challenges. By using quality trained horses, each individual participant rider will have a chance to experience the highest quality therapeutic ride with maximum benefits.


Partners For Progress is committed to: 1.helping each individual that comes to our facility achieve their maximum personal potential, welfare, and self-achievement, 2.paving ground in the field of equine therapy by continually thinking outside of the box for ways to assist these individuals, whether their need be emotional, mental, or physical in nature, and 3.making equine therapeutic programs more efficient and effective, and are willing to share this information - once proven - with other equine therapy programs. All those who come to Partners For Progress are treated as an individual, and receive an evaluation delivered by a licensed Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, or a Speech/Language Pathologist to pinpoint deficit areas which impact the function of daily life. Once that evaluation is completed, therapist, instructor, family members, and participant (if able) work together to generate a treatment plan that is most affective and beneficial for the participants functional gain, allowing for unlimited possibilities. Our therapists and staff have designed the programs at Partners For Progress to be goal oriented utilizing measurable goals. Overall well-being health is promoted in an attempt to prevent the prevalence and progression of disease and disability. With measurable goals for the participants as well as the programs, progress is easily identifiable for the over 160 participants per week that we serve. Collaborative teamwork based on purpose is also integral to success for Partners For Progress. With a skeletal staff (compared to other equine therapeutic centers) and 5 years of documented outcome history, the programs at Partners For Progress have been able to attain a 70% goal achievement success rate. What does that mean? It means that 70% of the goals assessed to our participants are achieved, or for 70% of the opportunities presented the participant will demonstrate moderate or better progress toward the assigned goal. It is quite the moment to see the joy on a participants face when they realize that they are no longer limited due their achievement of a goal. To support our programs, Partners For Progress provides a quality of horse that falls within the top 5% of therapeutic facilities within the United States. A higher quality of horse allows for more functional gain which is a necessity to all of our participants. This exceptional level of equine quality and ability - which is of the greatest importance to the participant - is maintained through rigorous training, maintenance, and quality veterinarian care. Because of all this, Partners For Progress has been able to stretch our reach past the therapeutic needs of our participants. We are currently the only therapeutic riding center within the states of Illinois and Wisconsin that maintains a national traveling show team. This team participates in competition with the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), and its participants have achieved honors that include World Championship titles. As we look forward to 2012, some of our goals for continued growth are: •Locate and financially secure a permanent home for our program •Grow our overall program base with additional services, i.e., supportive cancer therapy •Grow our participant and volunteer population by 20% •Continue staff education, training, and program development •Expand vocational services and promote volunteer experiences to all populations

Target demographics:

those with special needs

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 170 riders per week through their challenges to improve their abilities, building loads of self-esteem, confidence, and smiles.

Geographic areas served:

Located in Lake County, Illinois, we serve individuals from Northeastern Illinois & Southeastern Wisconsin


Hippotherapy - Improves posture, movement, neuromuscular functions, sensory integration and speech through constant individual direct intervention, from either a physical or occupational therapist. Requires a physical therapy and/or occupational therapy prescription. Therapeutic Power Hour - Includes equine activities offered in a group structure. Areas of focus are cognitive skills, motor planning, visual perceptual skills, social interaction and sensory processing. Family, therapist and equine instructor collaborate to generate goals unique to each child or adult's needs. Therapeutic Sports Riding - Independence is the goal in this program. PFP’s sports riders develop riding skills, stable management skills (horse and tack care), and have the pportunity to join one of our show teams with Special Olympics, the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA), and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Equine Facilitated Learning - For reasons that may forever be unknown, the horse holds a special captivation and an innate power by having the capacity to surround us with healing energy. This program fosters positive risk taking, leadership, social communication, independence, mental attitude, motivation and teamwork. Equine Facilitated Craniosacrial Therapy - Craniosacrial Therapy (CST) is a light touch manual therapy that addresses restrictions in the craniosacrial system and directly impacts the central nervous system. This program offers the best of Equine and Craniosacrial by combining equine facilitated therapy with CST techniques. Heroes on Horses - Our Heroes on horses program assists military veterans by providing equine activities, therapies, and riding programs tailored specifically to the needs of each veteran. Benefits may include increased balance, coordination, muscle strength, self-esteem, and self control along with developing riding skills.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has been riding with Partners for Progress since he was 4 years old, for a total of 4 1/2 years. He has participated in many types of therapies since he was 4 months old, but the therapy provided by the horses and the excellent staff and volunteers has brought him further in development and strength than any other therapy. Equally important are the friendships he has developed, with other riders and also with the people who help him each week. The riding looks mostly like fun, but the strength, endurance and coordination it builds in the children is amazing. Most of the time the riders are smiling, being encouraged and challenged by the volunteers walking with them. Recently my 13 month old daughter started riding to assist with her muscular issues. She looks so tiny atop the huge horse, but there are always loving hands on her and she has come to trust her helpers. Her progress in movement in the past month is nothing short of miraculous. What a wonderful resource and group of friends we have in our community; we are truly blessed to have them here.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has been riding with Partners For Progress now for over 8 years. The level of therapy that is provided there is more than just therapy, and it is definitely not a "pony ride". The staff truly knows how to integrate therapy with necessary life skills to help the riders overcome their challenges and apply it to everyday life - and then make them feel successful. The staff is firm about their requests, but gentle in the way that they guide the rider to complete the request, giving the rider the ability to realize accomplishment. My daughter - who has Autism - has gained incredible ability in team work, motor planning, socialization, problem solving, transitioning, executive functioning, and so much more along with improvement in her physical which has given her an incredible sense of self-esteem and confidence -and it helps that she loves being with the horses. She actually wants to work with the challenging instructors because she knows that it makes her a stronger, more able individual. In addition, the volunteers that give of their time here are amazing. They are eager to assist the riders, and truly become involved in supporting them and their goals. They are a very integral part of the team work that is necessary for the riders to succeed. I cannot say enough wonderful things about what happens here for the riders, and the care that is given to their horses. If you are looking for results for your loved one, this is the place to come, and if you are looking for a place in which to make a difference, this is the place to come. It will change your life.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter has been with Partners for Progress for 8 months now and what a tremendous difference it has made in her life and in ours. The therapists / equestrians are amazing ladies and they really work hard to make a difference in my daughters life. After being given the Autistic Diagnosis there are so many suggestions and paths you will be given to follow but I will say that the path to this place was the best one so far and the one in which we've seen the best progress. This can be attributed to the hard work individuals at this facility that really go above and beyond to make this place super special. The barn is always clean, the horses are well kept and cared for, and the staff is always pleasant. My family and I cannot say enough about PFP and what an amazing organization they run.

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Role: Client Served
Rating: 5 stars  

My son has been coming to Partners for Progress for over a year. He has shown tremendous improvement in many areas in such a short time that are noticeable to everyone. I am so impressed with the program and the staff is just as outstanding, as are the volunteers. I truly feel that this is a life changing organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Extremely professional and wonderful organization. Outstanding people with full support of all volunteers. A true blessing for their students and their families and we are proud to be able to participate. Always a highlight of my week.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at Partners For Progress for almost a year. I am there several days a week and continue to be impressed by the organization, level of expertise and genuine caring and therapy provided to the clients they serve. This is an extraordinary well run organization. The therapists are careful, knowledgeable and have detailed therapeutic plans and goals for each and every client. In addition, the volunteers and their equine partners are treated with respect and appreciation. So happy to be a part of such a wonderful program.

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Rating: 4 stars  

My daughter is the client served and she has the most outstanding therapist here who is supportive and kind yet makes my daughter accountable for her actions and choices. Traditional therapy did not work as well for her. We have been coming for over 3 years but things constantly change to meet her growth and needs. My daughter never says she doesn't want to come even after all this time-she loves it!

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Role: Board Member
Rating: 5 stars  

I started with PFP approximately 1 1/2 years ago as a volunteer/sidewalker. I was immediately impressed with the quality of their program, as I had been a volunteer in another program in Wyoming. The quality of PFP's facilities, horses, and therapists are what makes this program one-of-a-kind. Their dedication to the children and riders in the program are second to none. I personally have seen many children progress over the short time that I've been there, and I am honored to have been asked to join the board of directors to help with some of the behind the scenes fundraising. The dedication of everyone, from the director, to the newest volunteer, are what makes this program one of the best in the nation!

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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter is a patient served at Partners For Progress and she has been receiving therapy there for almost 2 years. She was in traditional therapy for 4 years and plateaued. We came to PFP to see if she could progress further. PFP has helped her regain more movement and stability where traditional methods were no longer helping. We are grateful for this program. My daughter loves coming to therapy every week and the therapists are caring and motivating. There is a real sense of community at PFP. We are grateful for PFP and all the horses that work to help others.

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Rating: 5 stars  

My son has been riding for over 7 years at Partners For Progress. He has autism, and had difficulty speaking and low muscle tone. He has come so far. Some of the staff is like family. My son has ridden in the Special Olympics for the past three years, and really enjoys the challenge of riding now.

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