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Nonprofit Overview

Mission: This organization is dedicated to adopting rescued and unwanted horses in order to give them a forever loving home and utilizes the horses to educate, mentor, and counsel individuals, children, and families through various equine assisted activities & therapies.

Results: Certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) to conduct Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. Certified by the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) to conduct horseback riding and horsemanship lessons. Proud members of the Maryland Horse Council.

Programs: Equine Assisted Mentoring Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Horse Sanctuary Horseback Riding & Horsemanship

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Community Stories

7 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Lori44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have had the pleasure of working with Desire Ministries' programs through Kristy and have enjoyed sharing our horses with everyone in the program. It is a special feeling indeed to see someone come alive while visiting with the horses. Kristy is a wonderful teacher with a kind heart. Her organizational skills are beyond all measure. We appreciate all that she has given us and our horses. Freedom Hill Horse Rescue Dunkirk, MD

2 Mary108

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ms. Kristy has been a part of our lives for over 7 years. My Grandaughter has volunteered at Desire Ministries for many years.She has made a great impact on not only my Grandaughter but our whole family as well. Growing up with horses many years ago I personally know what horses can do for us and Kristy brings horses who need us together with people who need them. What an amazing outcome for both

1 patty

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Desire Ministries serves people and horses. By rescuing horses that might be otherwise be euthanized, these animals regain trust and eventual love of human beings. The adults and children who are introduced to rescued and rehabilitated horses gain innumerable benefits by becoming an integral piece in the equine healing. This beautiful ministry heals people and horses, alike. Kristy Alvarez is certified in numerous equine therapies, each one overlapping the specific needs of her clients. I can not think of a non profit that is more deserving of recognition and support than Desire Ministries. It is in a word; awesome.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an inspiration it has been to have volunteered at an open house event for Desire Ministries.
The depth of equine understanding and human compassion that Kristy has, just blew me away. I'd been aware of Kristy's education in counseling and her lifelong horsemanship experiences, but to see these combined skills put into action right before my eyes was just astounding.
During a riding event opportunity, I witnessed a withdrawn, anxious horse-shy child gain enough confidence to not only sit upon a horse; with Kristy's guidance, but to actually relax, focus and ENJOY riding. This beautiful transformation all took place as Kristy's people and horse skills, combined, gave comfort and confidence to a shy child and afforded a wonderfully therapeutic experience.
This memory will always stay with me, as I felt like i saw a child take it's first steps.....
Desire Ministries has helped countless other children as well as rescued horses that might have otherwise been discarded.
These horses have not only recovered, but flourished, under the care of Kristy.
In order for Desire Ministries to reach it's full potential, they need to purchase property with a barn.
To some this may sound like an impossible undertaking, but the miracle that I witnessed is enough to convince me that Desire Ministries is destined for success with my help and yours.
Please join me in supporting this wonderful Nonprofit Organization transform lives, one at a time....

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My niece Cassidy and I have been so blessed by volunteering with Desire Ministries. Cleaning the stables and "flinging poo" has taught her a hard work ethic. Grooming the horses has taught her patience and compassion. Learning to ride has taught her discipline and given her confidence. And the time we get to spend with each other has strengthened our bond as family and friends.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Beth S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!