Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc.

Rating: 5 stars   20 reviews

Issues: Animals, Education, Health, Sports

Location: P.O. Box 4855 Petaluma CA 94955 USA

Mission: Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with physical, behavioral and developmental challenges through the extraordinary benefits of therapeutic riding and related equine assisted therapy.
Results: From a program that started by serving 100 riders each year, we have grown to become a program that serves more than 100 riders each week. Over 90% of our riders achieve their stated goals in each session. We also maintain an active volunteer corp of 175. Without them, we could not do our work.
Target demographics: Any child or adult with a disability who can be helped by therapeutic riding!
Geographic areas served: Greater San Francisco Bay Area - riders come to us from 7 counties
2012 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

This premier therapeutic equestrian center has it all: capable, caring and committed founders who continue to direct and manage the day-to- day operations; dedicated and competent volunteers that help in so many ways, a board that truly reflects the diversity and energy of the community, and--best of all--the many young client/riders, who work so hard to secure the profound benefits of therapeutic riding.

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

the faces of the young people--and their parents--who benefit from therapeutic riding.

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

listen very closely to the people running the operation today. The know exactly what they are doing. The community is so fortunate to have such capable, caring and high calibre people in our midst.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the day to day growth in abilities and quality of life of our young riders.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

utterly capable and utterly devoted to what they are doing.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

join with other therapeutic equestrian centers to more closely learn and understand how the benefits of such riding come about. We know that it does work. The miracles happen all the time. It would be helpful to understand a little more and a little better of what science resides beneath these miracles we witness in children all the time.

Ways to make it better...

I had had more time to devote to the activities.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

securing the necessary funds to meet the increasing demand for services.

One thing I'd also say is that...

this operation, the people who run it, and the people it serves are truly inspiring.

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2008-12-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

This extraordinary therapeutic equestrian center has it all. Great underlying management strength and direction by its founders, a well-rounded board of directors reflecting the best of the community, capable and caring volunteers and, best of all, a community of young clients whose commitment and progress inspires every9one daily.

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

the faces of the children (and their parents) it helps.

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

listen very closely to the people running the operation today. They do everything right. They are smart. Caring. Generous of their time and resources. And Capable. And totally focused on the operation.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the deidcation of the people who make this care possible.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

utterly committed and capable.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

serve more children with needed services.

Ways to make it better...

I would have had more time to offer.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Securing needed resources to meet the current expanding demand for services.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Please help Giant Steps in any way you can.

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Sandbach Assoiciates

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-12-01

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