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Swan Center Outreach Inc

Rating: 4.7 stars   114 reviews 4,745

Nonprofit Issues:

Animals, Children & Youth, Education, Human Services

Address:

PO Box 25749 Silverthorne CO 80497 USA

Mission:

We serve the community by providing educational programs for youth at-risk, individuals, and families from the Denver metropolitan area, including rural and low-income neighborhoods, enabling them to learn vital communication and problem-solving skills. While caring for animals, valuable lessons in life skills are taught, including responsibility, leadership, self-confidence and community service.

Programs:

There are no limitations on who can receive our services. We do not turn people away because of financial need. If they cannot afford an existing program, they can participate in volunteer programs and receive credits in exchange for services. Our free programs include: Saturday Saddle Club for ages 9 to adult; Horse Partnership; and a General Volunteer Program. Fee based programs include: Dog Partnership classes for adults; Guided Trail Rides with discounts for home schoolers and Saddle Club members; Riding Lessons with discounts home schoolers and Saddle Club members; the Riding Intuitively Clinic ®; Team Building & Leadership Training on Horseback Children's Horse Camps; Children's After School Program; Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Programs; Birthday Parties and Special Groups; Pony Rides and Petting Zoo; Donations and the Sponsor an Animal Program.

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Rating: 5 stars  

It is sad to have some people think that all they did was not appreciated because it was deeply; every volunteer, for every single hour they spent, for every donation made, those not there in person, were grateful beyond words. The person who wrote the programs, who rescued the horses and who loves them deeply could not survive in the altitude any longer. The horses and the loving way they have been handled will continue teaching children and adults in a climate kinder to their advancing years. Things change, people change, but never the love and care the Swan Center has for their charges both two legged and four legged.

 
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Wow! Hard to believe, twenty-five years ago I was mucking the stalls of rescued horses and volunteering my help with their life changing programs. Now I'm a Board Member of Swan Center Outreach and my love and admiration for this organization for all it accomplishes for individuals and the community it serves, continues to grow. One visit is all it takes for anyone to fall in love with this very special organization.

 
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I have seen and been physically part of the programs that put horses and children from all backgrounds however painful their past may have been, together. When you see the magic that happens, the healing, the joy of these encounters it is "felt" in your heart as much as it is observed. I have seen the look in a child's eyes mixed with a big grin on their face when they have broken through a fear, because of the loving partnership with a horse, and realized that I had witnessed their whole life changing for the better. This happens every single day at Swan Center's camps and classes. Words really cannot explain because there simply are not words to do so. The only words that describe Swan Center Outreach programs are; Love in Action.

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?

2012

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Although I am presently a Board Member, I began as one of the many volunteers for the Swan Center Outreach and was fortunate enough for ten years to be active in programs with the children and horses . That's when the magic happens, that's when horses who had been starved, beaten and abandoned, then rehabilitated with love, care and kindness, meet with children who had suffered through many of the same abuses.Everyone involved, or who have taken part in the Swan Center's programs may eventually leave the area but they are forever changed individuals. Children are taught how very special they are and leave with that gift firmly planted in their hearts to last their lifetime. The programs at the Swan Center are educational, stressing the connection between humans and all animals. They are fun and filled with love for all who participate. It is a gift to be a part of this facility and to see the miracles that happen between children, adults and horses.

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?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My daughter clung to me in fear, not for the first time, when trying something new...Riding Thunder was a very big, new thing, but Swan Center Outreach has a lot of love to offer a frightened child, and a lot of practice with kids, like mine, with autism and other life challenges. You can see her smile in the camp photo. There is so much value to gain with just one, positive, confidence building experience. It is priceless. . .
I am so grateful for the many volunteers in Summit County who made that experience possible. Now that the organization has moved to Sunny CA, and programs can happen year round; it is my fervent hope that many, many more children can be served with love, hope, and that one, indelible, positive life experience they can carry with them always.
From the bottom of our hearts...we are ever grateful..
Leslie Thomas

 
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I have loved and been uplifted by Swan Center Outreach and it's programs for many years. Seeing the transformations in the eyes of the children and adults who participate is so rewarding. None more so than the transformation in my own daughter after her first visit to the ranch.
Autism, as most of you know takes many forms, for my daughter, central audio processing disorder robs her of the confidence and self assuredness that most children enjoy. Overcoming her fears and countering them with positive experiences is a part of our daily lives. We are always looking for leverage to lift those walls of doubt and move forward. Enter...Thunder the Magnificent and Rose and John Longhill, co-founders of Swan Center Outreach.
Within moments of arriving, Callie Rose was no longer clinging to my arm and hiding behind me, she had shared apples with the minis and was talking to them as if they were old friends. Shortly thereafter, Thunder entered the arena, a rescued polo pony with a kind nature but an occasional stubborn streak. After careful and loving instruction, Callie Rose mounted and was holding the reins. In no time, she was riding, on her own, making turns and smiling. "Can we go faster Mom?" I can't begin to tell you the shift that made in our hearts.
After thanking Thunder for her ride, sharing an apple and leading him to the pasture Callie Rose walked across the paddock happy and self confident. It was a milestone and the leverage we have since used to encourage other great strides. If you can ride a horse, then there are other great things you can do as well, agreed?
I attribute these transformational experiences to the safe, loving environment at Swan Center Outreach and the masterful tutelage of the founders and others who understand the importance of uplifting a child. And, of course, to Thunder the Magnificent.

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

Develop program and participant experiences directed to autistic children and their families.

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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There is no other feeling that can compare to the smile on a child's face when they ride that horse for the very first time. It's a great testament to Swan Center Outreach that they have so many successes.

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?

2012

 
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1 person found this review helpful

Participants will find The Mission Statement of Swan Center Outreach to be an understatement to the vital experiences they can receive through Swan Center Outreach Activities and Programs. The true value, facilitated by the directors and expressed through the animals is the incalculable value of making a connection.

Personal transformation occurs daily. All beings (human included) are encouraged to thrive and grow through natural expression and exploration. The rescued become the rescuers. The experience of unconditional love and acceptance is a rare and beautiful thing, one that must always be acknowledged and expanded. Join me in supporting Swan Center Outreach, just for the love of it.

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

I cherish my times spent volunteering and participating. Witnessing transformation is an humbling and rewarding experience. The joy and fun I carry in my heart. My niece and nephews still remember the names of the horses they rode on their Jingle Bell Ride in 1993.

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

I would like to see Swan Center Outreach nationally recognized for it's longtime contribution to scouting. As a Girl Scout Leader this organization is the embodiment of the Promise and the Law we strive to uphold.

 
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3 people found this review helpful

I Have worked at this horrible organization for many years helping the horse's and this beautiful ranch. I have basically turned my cheek to all the common criminal activity's throughout my time at the ranch because I wanted to help this organization out. But in time I found out that the ringleader(Master Rose ) who ran this organization is nothing more than a professional con artist. I feel really sorry for the kids and all the volunteers that have put their heart an soul and worked very hard to be only in the end treated like dirt and kicked in the face by these people. Now that they are almost out of Colorado they will be in California preying and suckering in new people into this organization that have know idea what will happen to them. Please do not help them especially with any money. When they come looking stay far away.





 
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I was a dedicated volunteer for four years at the Swan Center in Silverthorne, winter, spring, summer, and fall. Although i loved the ranch and the animals, I never subscribed to the 'spiritual' aspect of this bogus organization, and never was shown a shred of gratitude for the time, energy, love, and yes, foolishly, money, i gave. The alleged leaders, 'Master Ashley' and 'Master Rose' have not shown up at the ranch for well over a year -neither EVER mucked stalls, or dug barn doors out of the snow, or picked ice from the horses' hooves. They micro-managed from Malibu, and drove a succession of wonderful caretakers away with their unreasonable demands and lack of gratitude. When the decision was made to move the horses, the non-cult-member volunteers were banned from the ranch. We never got a chance to say goodbye to our beloved charges. I wish the horses, especially Patches and King and Dakota, (and goats and sheep and camelids) well, but I hope those of you reading this do not give money to this self-serving non-profit. Ask to look at their books. Ask to look at their programs. Ask to talk to those of us who actually did the work at their ranch.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Thrilled for the horses that they will now experience warmer climate!! They have been teachers, healers and friends to the children, families and adults of Summit County! Bonding with humans on an emotional, mental and most of all, a spiritual level will now take place in California. I am so proud to have been affiliated with Swan Center Outreach for over 28 years, as I have witnessed many miracles on horseback. Thank you and much appreciation to all the supporters and volunteers of Summit County, Colorado.

 
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4 people found this review helpful

Not only does Swan Center Outreach transform horses and children's lives, but adults as well...and I am one of them!! Stepping foot on their property was the most life altering experience I have ever had and still do. My faith in people-kind was restored as I observed horses healing from previous lives of abuse, neglect and mistreatment. This only happens when there is the presence and demonstration of unconditional love, compassion and devotion to the proper care of animals and humans alike. One's life will be affected in a very positive way no matter who you are and where you came from!!!

 
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Over 25 years ago, my relationship with the Swan Center Outreach began as a volunteer. Now, I am very proud to say, I serve as a board member. I am very humbled to be a part of an extrordinary non-profit, that not only saves horses and other farm animals, but humans alike!

As a result of the horsemanship training I received, I developed greater depths of confidence, awareness and compassion. I am ever so grateful!

Respect, loving care and service are equally matched with regard to the humane treatment of animals and humans alike!! I encourage others to support this one-of-a-kind non-profit organization.

 
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Swan Center Outreach is a safe and loving place where horses and humans heal one another through interactive programs. A place where miracles happen!!!

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

Nothing at all.

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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My first introduction to the Swan Center Outreach happened in 1989. It was a very tumultuous time in my life. The Swan Center Outreach serves as a sanctuary and rehabilitation haven for abused and neglected horses/animals. By better understanding the nature of horses and witnessing the kind of loving care they experience at the Swan Center, I have come to know myself. The 40 horses that reside at the Center have been my teachers, healers and friends. It seemed that I was the one who would be caring for them, but it was they who taught me how to be more aware of my behavior, kinder, compassionate, patient and sensitive. At times of great sadness, they mended my heart. When I needed an ear, they always listened. They instilled confidence when I was unsure. In essence, they have helped me become a better "human."

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

Improving my relationships with people and animals. Have a better understanding of how we all interact with one another in either a positive or negative way. And how being around horses assisted me in changing and or improving my behavior.

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?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

Through a friend.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Continue to properly care for the animals.

What is its top priority in the long run?

Continue to educate and strengthen individual and family values through the interaction of animals.

 
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My first introduction to the Swan Center Outreach happened in 1987. It was a very tumultuous time in my life. The Swan Center Outreach serves as a sanctuary and rehabilitation haven for abused and neglected horses/animals. By better understanding the nature of horses and witnessing the kind of loving care they experience at the Swan Center, I have come to know myself. The 40 horses that reside at the Center have been my teachers, healers and friends. It seemed that I was the one who would be caring for them, but it was they who taught me how to be more aware of my behavior, kinder, compassionate, patient and sensitive. At times of great sadness, they mended my heart. When I needed an ear, they always listened. They instilled confidence when I was unsure. In essence, they have helped me become a better "human."

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?

2012

 
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My whole life transformed over 25 years ago. I was taught by horses of the Swan Center how to be a "better human being." A most incredible organization of love, care and healing for both horses and humans alike!!

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

In all my personal relationships with animals and people, including myself!

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

Not a thing!!!!!!!!!

 
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So excited about the horses moving to a warmer, lower altitude as almost all of them were born and lived the major part of their lives closer to sea level. I'm certain this will be great for the health of the aging herd cared for by Master Rose Ashley who taught all of us everything we know about horses, their inner life and care. [As a result of that acquaintance with these miraculous souls even though a city slicker I became their farrier for over ten years in North Georgia]

We have loved Colorado and deeply appreciated the many many happy volunteers and excited program participants throughout the 20yrs in Georgia now 10 in Silverthorne. Of course it's always hard to say goodbye but I don't believe in those anyway. California is a state in crisis that needs a lot of love right now and our next step is to bring all of ours to serve in that beautiful place. Looking forward to seeing your lovely faces and uplifting hearts once again now out on the sunny rolling hills of Southern California.

I can't wait to come out myself!

Best to all,
Dervin Gilbert
Charlotte, North Carolina
www.800casting.com/24593

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

contribute $500,000,000.00

 
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As a volunteer it is my understanding that due to the desire to maintain the spiritual focus of the programs with the horses and in addition to serious health challenges faced by one of the founders, the board decided a move to California would be conducive to the well-being of the horses and people involved.

 
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While I have observed Swan Center Outreach for a number of years in addition to participating in their trail rides, Leadership programs and Riding Intuitively workshop, I am always amazed with the outcomes and experiences of other participants. Their focus is on training the general public including children about the value of a relationship with animals especially one with horses. While this sounds fairly straight forward, the fact that they incorporate horses that may have come from abusive situations, were rescued and rehabilitated to the point where they offer their own lessons of recovery. Children and adults facing a health or family crisis often identify with the animals and can see a path of hope for themselves, which makes the programs priceless. To learn more, watch this short You Tube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaGljbNUvx4

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

expand it!

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2011

 
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7 people found this review helpful

Swan Center Outreach has been loving and caring for animals since 1987. All decisions regarding our animals are made with their best interests at heart. We are going to great lengths to ensure the best quality transportation and care for our animals on the road. The life threatening health issue of one of our founders has caused us to relocate out of the high altitude of Colorado. We feel strongly that our animals (some who are older) will fair much better in the sunny state of California. We are interested in continuing the spiritual focus of our organization and as such felt that the move to California would be in the best interest of our animals as well as our organization. We have appreciated all of the volunteers in Colorado and hope that your lives were changed for the better as a result of supporting our organization! Thank you for all your efforts!

 
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Swan Center Outreach is the most amazing place on the planet! The staff and volunteers are the best I've seen. I have personally witnessed the transformation of many children and adults as well as many of the beautiful animals that come to our facility. I sincerely believe that each person that has served at Swan Center Outreach has been given the greatest gift that is possible to receive. The loving animals and the gentle way that they serve the children and the hurt people is a blessing to behold. Thank you Swan Center Outreach, volunteers, staff, donors and sweet, sweet animals!

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?

2014

 
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I have been involved with Swan Center Outreach for over 25 years. I can only share that it has truly changed my life. To see the look on the little children's faces when they interact with our precious animals is priceless. Learning about myself through the animals has been an amazing experience. The animals have such a way of reflecting what we have going on and they are an incredible mirror for us to learn about ourselves. I wish everyone could have the gift of coming to Swan Center Outreach!

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

none

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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2 people found this review helpful

This organization is taking the horses out of Summit County and breaking children's hearts without regard to anyone's feelings. Do not support this organization.

 
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9 people found this review helpful

Please do not give any money to this organization. They moved to Colorado from Georgia 8 years ago and have some of the most dedicated and amazing volunteers in Colorado. People who have given their free time and financial assistance to support the animals and programs. Then they CHANGE. No one is allowed near the horses and they now have a post that they need money to move the horses to CA. The horses are currently on a beautiful ranch with lots of acreage and beautiful fields. They did have lots of love from the volunteers until they restricted anyone from seeing them. They have broken the hearts of the volunteers and especially the kids that have fallen in love with these majestic animals. Many of the horses are quite old and may be so stressed from another big move that they may not make it. Don't get involved with this organization unless you want your heart broken and wallet emptied.

 
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