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April 22, 2011
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April 22, 2011
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I loved working at Desire Ministries! I was so excited to work at the farm and Kristy was a great boss she taught me all i needed to know to take care of the animals. The horses each had their own personality and taking care of them made me so happy. This volunteer job gave me a sense of responsibilty, having to wake up every morning and make sure each stable was clean and grooming the horses taught me how to be efficent and get the job done. One of the funnest times i had at the farm was helping the little kids learn how to ride the horses. Its amazing to see how excited they got when they groomed the horses or rode them. But i would have to say the best part was the horses they were why i worked my hardest they are why i did my best. I defiently recomond this volunteer job for other teenagers looking for a fun way to spend their time.

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The horses were great and happy. Me and my friends had a great time working on the farm it was a fun and happy experience. It was like my happy place.

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I wouldnt change anything this organization was great as is

April 21, 2011
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April 21, 2011
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I have seen, first hand, the positive impact that Desire Ministries can have on the lives of children with special needs. Last summer, Desire Ministries hosted two weeks of horseback riding camps and the students included a few with special needs. Campers were taught all about the care of horses from grooming and washing to cleaning the stalls. They were taught about all the names of the parts of the horse as well as the names and parts of all the riding equipment. And , of course, they got to ride! Kristy Alvarez took the time to give each child the personal care and attention that they needed to have the best experience. The children's response and growth were amazing!

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The lives and outlook of children with special needs being changed and uplifted before my eyes.

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

The only thing that needs to change is for more people to become aware of this organization and for those same people to support it in prayer, with finances or with any volunteering that will be needed.

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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?

Nothing

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

I learned about horses as well.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

It increased the compassion in my heart.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

April 18, 2011
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April 18, 2011
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I have personally experienced what this wonderful ministry has done for so many adults and children.
Kristy works hard to have the children in her horse club come to a greater understanding of horses. Kristy has proven time and time again what her mentoring program has done to help her
students, some of whom have had emotional problems.
She is an avid horsewoman herself and her dream is to be able to help more and more adults and children through her ministry.
Kristy runs a wonderful summer camp at Lotmar Stables.
She has had an open house where adults and children had the oportunity to ride and get to know more about horses.

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I have seen the faces of the children and the joy and happiness they experience through this ministry

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

help to enlarge it.

April 18, 2011
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April 18, 2011
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I had to the pleasure of working with Krisitie at my barn for 2 years and I witinessed first hand her love and compassion for horses and her ability to instill that love and dedication to her students. Kristie ran a weekly horsecamp for children. The camp was designed to teach children how to care for and receieve riding instruction with her horses Red and Occi. She truly enjoyed seeing the joy that horses can bring to a young child.

During the time she was here, Kristie also adopted her horse Occi that she found at a horse resuce facility. You truly can see her love for those less fortunate. I know Kristie can do great things with her ministry and I wish her all the best.

Please support my friend Kristie as she pusues her dreams.

Celie Mann

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

watching Krisite in her role as mentor, teacher and instructor with her riding camp.

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

I would get more people involved to raise money for her campaign to reach her goals.

April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

Kristy is an amazing instructor, exhibiting her passsion for horses as she teaches My two daughters were involved in the Horse Club after school program while they attended Cornerstone Christian Academy.

Both daughters served as summer volunteers to her Horse Camp last summer. They had a
great time. They love Kristy and the enthusiasm she has for children and the passion of the care of horses!

Kristy was also my daughter's 5th grade teacher and fellow collegue, as I taught with her at CCA for many years, until she decided to branch off and start Desire Ministries Full time.

She is a very caring, compassionate and committed woman! She is determined to use this ministry to impact children and adults that come into her program. She is fully committed!

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Yes, I have seen the love she instills as she taught my daughters in the afterschool Horse Club.

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

give her all the money she needed so that she could expand her stables and renovate and be able to purchase and care for additonal horses!

April 18, 2011

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April 18, 2011

Kristi has been a blessing to us, especially my son Jeffrey, I has learned a lot and many time he wants to just spend more time with the Horse club. Also my nieces that comes during the summer loves being part of Kristi programs and they which they live closer so they can attend more often.

I just want to say her organization is great and I know will be a blessing to many kids in the future.

Joy C.

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My son Jeffrey loves it!

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

Have more programs availability.

April 17, 2011

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April 17, 2011

I have seen Kristy Alvarez' work first hand over the years at Loftmar's Summer Camp, as a riding instructor, as the coach for the National Captial Adult Equestrian League, as a rider, and in how she has incororporated all she has learned into creating Desire Ministries. She developed the "Horse Club" program to allow children the opportunity to be around horses who may not otherwise have had the chance. She is on a quest to expand her ministry and purchase a stable where she can do her work full time. I believe she can do it!

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During her Open House last year at Desire Ministries, children and adults smiled everywhere by the magic she develops in bringing people, horses, and a Christian message together.

Ways to make it better...

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

Help them raise the money they need, provide them a staff, and allow them to expand!

April 16, 2011

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April 16, 2011

So many children and adults lives have already been touched by this ministry. I have personally seen this happen with children who attended there "Horse Club" program. These children were given the opportunity to learn about horses, learn to care for them and the basics of riding. This was an opportunity they may not have had if it were not for this program. I saw children who were withdrawn , had low self esteems or other emotional issues gain a new outlook and gain confidence in themselves. I saw children who were already confident gain even more confidence from learning a new dscipline. Another reason to support this ministry is that 100% of your donation is used solely for the ministry. PLease consider donating so that Desire Ministries can have there own facility and be able to expand the ministry enabling to touch the lives of so many more people and horses!

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I have personally seen childrens lives changed for the better and broken abused horses lives changed because of this wonderful non-profit!

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

Help them raise money so that they could have there own facility and expand their program.

April 16, 2011

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April 16, 2011

Desire Ministries has made a positive impact in so many lives. Director Kristy Alvarez had a vision where students could enjoy riding and taking care of horses while simultaneously mentoring and ministering to them.
I personally know several students that have gone through Desire Ministries
and have absolutely loved it. This is a very unique, universal, therapeutic atmosphere and I would encourage anyone who gets the opportunity to take the Desire Ministries experience.

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I use to work with Kristy Alvarez and I have personally seen her compassionate interaction with the students. She is a natural leader but also has the gift of nurturing which helps to make Desire Ministries so special.

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I would give them more finance so that they could grow and impact more people.

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