Mission: “To assist each person with special needs in reaching their full potential through interaction and therapy with rescued horses.”
Results: Since 2010 we have heard more than 95 children speak their first words ever. We have seen more than 75 children walk their first steps ever. We have been there as countless children sit or stand or reach or hug a parent for the first time ever. That is what we do, we help all children achieve their potential.
Target demographics: children with special needs
Direct beneficiaries per year: more than 1,000 people
Geographic areas served: NE Florida
Programs: therapy for people with Autism, MS, MD, Cerebral Palsy, Down's Syndrome, traumatic brain or spinal cord injuries, learning disabilities and more.
I had the opportunity to visit the ranch with my niece who is one of the speech therapists working with the kids. She had talked about what a huge difference it makes to the children she works with, and I was interested in seeing what had her so passionate about Haven Horse Ranch. Well, after spending half a day, I could see it! What a great place for kids to step out of what they know and experience something that truly was life changing for them. I live in Colorado and generally feel that I should support local initiatives. However, the passion I saw in the therapists, volunteers and Rick made me want to help. I decided to sponsor a child and am happy to see that monthly withdrawal from my checking account since I absolutely know that it's changing lives.