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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Support

Mission: To provide therapeutic recreational equine activities for children and adults with special needs to experience the bond that is created between horse and rider. Empowering them to be victorious in all areas of life and reach their fullest potential.

Results: Since inception in Oct 2007, we have grown from 5 students to 40 plus steady students in additon to hosting special needs groups for day trips to the farm. We educate them with hands on learning experience with all the animals on the farm in a safe and supervised environment. The benefits impact them physically, cognitively and psychologically. These aspects of the session awaken their awareness, increase coordination and attention span, along with giving them a CAN DO attitude to succeed in life. Providing volunteer opportunities for school groups, individuals and community service workers to enable them to give back to their communities.

Target demographics: Handicapped, disabled or special needs peopleVolunteers who want to assist people with disabilities in the South Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 40 plus special needs students with various disibilities like CP, MS, Autism, ADHD, Learning disibilities,Speech delays etc.and their families, plus groups from Elim , Cornerstone, St. Colletta's, The Lions Club, various preschools, Girl scouts, Brownie groups and youth groups.

Geographic areas served: Northern Il.

Programs: Riding sessions that takes therapy out of the clinical setting and puts it in a safe and fun environment. Horse/animal care education and hands on experience.

Community Stories

130 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

MRossi

Client Served

Rating: 5

There are no words to convey how we feel about this amazing place. Our son Will has ASD, and has been riding with Ms. Sandy and her amazing volunteers for two years now. He works on listening, following directions, academics and extras such as sign language. He has now worked up to riding a horse on his own, with a volunteer coach who walks along side him. He has built his confidence immensely. We look forward to seeing Will ride in the Special Olympics again this fall.

Faye just turned 3 years old. She was born with a micro-deletion on her 6th chromosome. She has a lot of developmental delays, including gross motor and speech. Faye is currently working on using her vocabulary while riding and strengthening her core muscles. When we arrive at Victory Reins, Faye begins yelling and cheering in anticipation to riding a horse.

Sandy is such an amazing and special person with such a gift with working with children and horses. The entire atmosphere of this place breathes "amazing" as well as relaxing. It just gives you a chance to sit back, watch, relax and breathe.

We were fortunate enough this year to come out to the farm and work two weekends with the volunteers, in order to prepare for the upcoming spring season. It gave us such a sense of accomplishment, knowing that so many children and adults would be enjoying this wonderful place, in a matter of weeks. We are fortunate enough to have this wonderful extended family.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son Will (11yrs old) has been riding with Victory Reins for two years now. He absolutely loves his Saturday morning sessions with Sandy and her amazing staff of leaders/side walkers. William has ASD and her sessions are geared to his needs. What I like best about Sandy's sessions is that she has high standards and expectations for Will. He thrives at achieving those goals and expectations. Sandy and her staff truly have a passion for all her riders. You leave there feeling a sense of peace and the smile on the kids' faces is priceless. We wouldn't participate in any other program.

Gerald6

Donor

Rating: 5

They are a top notch organization. They always go above the call of duty. They have helped our granddaughter immensely.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Victory Reins is an amazing place. The owner’s Sandy & Jim have the biggest heart when it comes to the children. They make you feel so welcome.

Angie G.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Victory Reins is am amazing non-profit, where my son has been lucky enough to be able to attend therapeutic riding sessions since he was just a tiny boy. Now, at age 13, he is extremely excited that the riding season has begun because he loves it so much. Everyone at Victory Reins loves what they do, and treats the riders as if they are family. You will not find another therapeutic riding center like this one! I am so glad we found Victory Reins so many years ago. Riding there had helped my son, who is Autistic and had CP, develop fine and gross motor skills, coordination, increased cognitive and social skills, and much more. Best of all, he has fun! I highly recommend this organization!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been riding at Victory Reins for approximately 8 years, and the progress he has made is astounding! When he began therapeutic riding, he did not even want to put a helmet on, had poor core strength, and was afraid to even walk pastthe horses in their stalls . Now, he looks forward to riding every week! He had gained so much from riding at Victory Reins, including core strength, social skills, openness to touching new textures, following directions, the ability to tell left from right, basic skills, confidence, self esteem, and so much more! My son has both Autism and Cererbal Palsy. The compassionate and helpful people at Victory Reins have helped him grow in so many ways over the years that he has been riding. He truly enjoys riding and learning new skills every week. I highly recommend Voctory Reins for anyone looking for dedicated, compassionate and qualified people to help special needs individuals grow and thrive through riding therapy.

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Cindy89

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Victory Reins does so much for everyone involved; the volunteers as well as those receiving services. It is very rewarding. Sandy and Jim have hearts for God and it shows through what they do through VR.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My 13 year old and I volunteer together and let me tell you, we get as much out of Victory Reins as the kids that we help. The kids are so sweet and positive and Sandy and Jim have a heart of gold. I look forward to spending my Thursdays at VR!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Victory reigns helped both my kids, my son was recovering from brain tumor surgery and my daughter had a brain aneurysm. They both loved it and was great therapy for them.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Our family loves Victory Reins!!
They are extremely welcoming and always making improvements on their facilities!!!

Donor

Rating: 5

Victory reins is a great place that helps people unselfishly, they have grown in the last few years and it is in the best kind of ways. they are just as excited about baby chicks as they are for getting the painting done.

Kathleen112

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a volunteer at Victory Reins for over a year now and she absolutely love it! She wanted to volunteer because she is an equestrian and loves horses! She ended up loving the entire experience! Sandy has an unbelievable facility. She has created a warm and loving environment for all who attend. The students are blessed with her knowledge and compassion. Just walking into the facility gives you a sense of family. Sandy's passion for what she does shows in everything she does. She has set up an immaculate riding center, and created a warm and comfortable environment for parents to relax and watch their children thrive during their lessons. The children love to visit with the many other animals Sandy had beautifully housed as well. Rabbits, pigs, chickens, goats, cats and of course the horses all engage the children to bring countless smiles. My girl scout troop created items for Victory Reins to fulfill their Silver Award and were amazed when I took them to visit the facility! They had a wonderful time when Sandy took the time out of her busy schedule to give them a detailed tour of the facility! The girls were impressed and amazed at how much VR had to offer. Sandy has created a wonderful haven for all who visit! It is obvious that her heart is totally vested in every aspect of the Victory Reins. I am proud my daughter has found a second home at VR. The volunteers are amazing and the students and parents warm her heart every time she volunteers. She has grown as a young woman through her experiences at VR and now is considering a career in this field as well. An amazing organization!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer at Victory Reins for over 1 year now and I absolutely love my new second home. Sandy is an amazing teacher and friend to the many students and parents that come to the facility. She has made such a warm and loving environment for not only the parents and students that attend, but also the many volunteers who look forward to coming each and every time. I have learned so much about myself as well as the students who come out to ride with us. It has been an amazing experience so far and Sandy has shown me a career path I had never considered before. The volunteers I work with are amazing and I have made many new friends! She is a great role model, teacher and friend to everyone who comes to Victory Reins!