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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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5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Desire Ministries is the best after school activity at my son's school. This program gives my son the opportunity to learn not just about horses as it relates to how they live or what they eat, but also how some horses are living in danger and need to be rescued. Mrs. Alvarez has a huge heart for horses and a much larger heart for Christ. Mrs. Alvarez shares her love with the children in horse club through her love for horses...WE LOVE DESIRE MINISTRIES!

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....

1 Eric D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter Kirstyn is a volunteer. She has learned so much about caring through the ministry and by Mrs. Alvardez's example, that it has had a major impact on her life. Kirstyn is learning great life lessons through Desire Ministries such as caring for others, personal responsibility, patience, and selfless service that is not often found in like programs. Kristy Alvarez's kindness, love, humbleness, and inspiration touch many lives and helped Kirstyn and her friends in a positive way. Desire Ministries inspirers those who are involved. It is a unique ministry that has touched many hearts. Kirstyn will continue to volunteer in the program because of how it touches the lives of people and horses.

Joy C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.