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August 16, 2014

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August 16, 2014

I first visited Rose of Sharon and met Joan two years ago when I moved from Texas. Having owned a ranch in Texas with horses and longhorns, I was looking for a place to be with horses again. I was immediately impressed with the care the horses receive at Roses. Joan does a great job taking care of the horses and preparing for lessons with the children. Due to my work schedule I can only volunteer on weekends but would love to do more. I am very grateful for my friendship with Joan. Rose of Sharon is a blessing to our community.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

August 15, 2014

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1 previous review
May 28, 2010

I am in my third year of being employed with ROSES and I am so thankful that I found this organization. It has given me a new appreciation to families that face the challenges of having a child with ... more

August 15, 2014

I have know Joan my many years now and will always admire her amazing determination to make ROSES the vision she always imagined it would be. Through the hurdles that a nonprofit can go through, she focuses on the people she has touched in so many ways and the horses that are part of her soul. In the 9 years I have been involved it has grown into an even more amazing place with the gorgeous new arena. I never thought that day I walked into the barn to just volunteer once a week with one little boy, that Joan, the horses and all of the people I have met along the way have changed my life. At a time where I needed so much, this place gave me more than I ever imagined! The open arms of ROSES is always a place I know I can go to feel peace and appreciation.

Ways to make it better...

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

none

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

May 28, 2010

I am in my third year of being employed with ROSES and I am so thankful that I found this organization. It has given me a new appreciation to families that face the challenges of having a child with special needs. Having a place like ROSES for their children to be a part of is so important. They are able to care for and ride horses in a safe place and learn skills they can not learn in a classroom. Being a part of the daily care of the horses, teaching the students and everything in between gives me such a feeling of accomplishment that I am proud to help ROSES continue to strive for the goals such as finishing the construction of the indoor arena so that more children can benefit from such an awesome experience!

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

the role of volunteer, board member, donor, aprentice instructor, and finally certified instructor taking on some students of my own.

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

seeing the difference it makes in the children.

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

dedicated, different, but determined to come together to make a difference for others.

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

provide a unique therapeutic environment able to serve many more children and adults with disabilities than are currently being served now.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 14, 2014

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August 14, 2014

As a donor to any charity, I like to know first hand the organizational structure, skill set, efficiency and passion of the administrators. I do not donate to charities that have heavy over-head costs and over-paid management. Roses definitely meets my criteria of fiscal responsibility and compassionate service to an under-served group of children. My husband and I contribute funds to Rose of Sharon with high confidence that resources will be utilized with maximum impact in delivering service to the special needs children fortunate enough to be introducedrecru to Rose of Sharon.
Joan is the heart and soul of Roses, and her husband Randy is the muscle and strength of Roses. Together and with the support of many volunteers, they have built an incredible facility that provides a valuable service to children of special needs and to our community.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would try to recruit a big donor so that Roses could be free of financial worries.

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Was your donation impactful?

Definitely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Definitely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

August 14, 2014

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August 14, 2014

My experience with Rose was truly amazing. I run a program for students with special needs and my students had the great pleasure of attending Joan's program for many sessions. From the first day I meet Joan I knew her program was a good fit for all student young and old. Her organization is run professionally and with great care and compassion for the horses and the clients. Joan takes great care to ensure that all have a good experience on the farm. She worked with my staff to set up individual programming for students that needed extra planning and support. The horses themselves have special needs and this too makes it a special place to be. I highly recommend it!

Ways to make it better...

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

Add more horses if and when possible.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

August 14, 2014

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August 14, 2014

Volunteering at ROSES has been one of the best experiences of my life. The horses are all so sweet, yes, even the minis sometimes, and I know how much te kids love coming out there. It really is a great program that does a lot of good for the community and the kids whose lives it touches. Everytime I go out there, it puts my life in perspective and allows me to not only help myself, but more importantly help others. It is a truly remarkable thing they've got going on.

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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?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

August 13, 2014

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August 13, 2014

When I had the opportunity to volunteer at ROSES it brought such joy and fulfilment being part of such an amazing program. I loved being able to experience things through the students eyes. Watching them overcome their fears and accomplish their goals was extremely rewarding. Joan was the most inspiring person to work with and learn from. Her love for the horses and her students was a part of everything she did for the program. My volunteer experience went far beyond my expectations when we were invited to a talent show at the student's school. I cried through the entire show because I was so overwhelmed with pride at the confidence the performers had in themselves. I believe ROSES played a part in that by allowing them to discover skills and feel proud of themselves by caring for the horses.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

August 13, 2014

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1 previous review
May 15, 2010

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School has been providing many gifts to my daughter for many years. She has learned compassion, patience, endurance, structure in addition to how to care for and ride horses... more

August 13, 2014

ROSES is home.
The horses will always be my daughter's special siblings, and there is no place on earth that offers serenity to all like ROSES.
Joan has done so much for so many, and is a true blessing to all.

Thank you.

Ways to make it better...

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

Clone Joan so that she can do the millions of great things she wants to do!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

May 15, 2010

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School has been providing many gifts to my daughter for many years. She has learned compassion, patience, endurance, structure in addition to how to care for and ride horses. Joan Twining and her staff/volunteers ensure that each child has an experience that is wonderfully unique and well suited for them. It is a safe, structured environment with a breathtakingly beautiful facility and location. How lucky are we that we have found such a wonderful place!

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

seeing how my daughter has blossomed and learned under the tutelage of Joan Twining and her team.

Ways to make it better...

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

Find resources that would allow Joan's vision of growth for the school so that more people would know of and benefit from the programs that ROSES offers.

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

seeing the way my daughter loves to go to ROSES each week, and seeing how she has grown with the programs offered there.

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

So many loving and patient people that go out of their way to be involved with the people who come to ROSES.

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

do so many amazing things to help so many children and adults learn the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding.

Ways to make it better...

ROSES had the funding needed so that volunteers weren't relied on so heavily, and the program could grow and prosper so that others could reap its benefits.

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

Not having enough people/funds to implement all of the great ideas and programs that could be taking place there.

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

Joan Twining is a visionary, and has put her life into making ROSES the gift it is to so many people. How lucky are we to have her in our life, and to have such an extraordinary role model for my daughter.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 13, 2014

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August 13, 2014

When I first walked into Rose of Sharon Equestrian school I immediately felt a sense of peace. I had not met Joan, the horses or the other volunteers yet, so I could only assume it was because of the therapeutic atmosphere. I've come to learn after the 5 months I've been able to volunteer with ROSES that I was taking in so much more. The amount of hard-work and compassion poured into the school is very evident, and being a veterinary technician I notice it not only with the therapy program itself but also with the wellness of the animals. Each horse has their very own personality and needs and Joan, with the help of her staff/volunteers sees that these animals are beyond cared for so that they in turn can care for others. The horses at ROSES are naturally kind souls and it is a wonderful experience to interact with them. This is an inspiring organization that promotes wellness and empowerment in all of the best ways!

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

August 13, 2014

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October 30, 2013

Until we found ROSES, my daughter was struggling to find something that would give her a sense of accomplishment. There was very little for her due to her disability and she was feeling a lack of self... more

August 13, 2014

I have been involved with ROSES for many years. First as a parent of a student, a volunteer and now on the board of directors. There are many wonderful stories of the students connecting with the horses, especially those with autism. ROSES changes the lives of these special kids. Joan does amazing things and truly makes a difference!

Ways to make it better...

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

get more people involved in growing ROSES and supporting its mission.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

October 30, 2013

Until we found ROSES, my daughter was struggling to find something that would give her a sense of accomplishment. There was very little for her due to her disability and she was feeling a lack of self confidence. ROSES changed all of that when she started working with the horses, which are incredible animals. Joan has created an amazing program that has given my daughter confidence.

Ways to make it better...

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

This place is amazing!!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 29, 2012

ROSES has been an important part of my life and my daughters life. My daughter was first a student at ROSES and was changed by working with Joan and the horses. It was a place where self esteem and self worth was gained along with a sense of accomplishment. Over time, my daughter began working at ROSES and she has blossomed under Joan's tutelage. I have also been witness to the successes of many other students who come in contact with this special place.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 17, 2010

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School is a place where miracles happen on a regular basis. From personal experience, my daughter went from a child who had no self esteem and wouldn't try anything to a young lady who is extremely comfortable with the horses and is very confident. This didn't happen overnight but over the course of time, I could see a change in her. The beautiful tranquil setting of the barn along with Joan Twining's calming nature made my daughter realize her potential. My daughter has a developmental disability but this isn't evident when she's at ROSES. Joan and the horses are amazing.

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

After many years of my daughter going to ROSES, I became a board member and hope to spread the word about ROSES.

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

seeing the changes in the students. It's amazing to see how confident they become.

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

amazing.....very dedicated.

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

finish the indoor arena and begin to reach out to more children that would benefit from being around the horses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

August 12, 2014

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1 previous review
June 29, 2012

Roses is built with passion: for the persons/kids we serve,for the horses that are our staff;for the volunteers that provide their time and energy to make changes in the lives of the clients we serve.... more

August 12, 2014

a great non profit organization that was started more than 11 yr ago. Primary focus is providing basic horsemanship skills to persons with disabilities;primarily those on the autism spectrum. Through a grassroot approach they were able to build a wonderful indoor arena that was designed for the needs of those with sensory processing issues. It truly demonstrates how it puts the ability in disability; for the participants and the equine partners.

Ways to make it better...

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

find additional philanthropists to donate more financial resources allowing them to expand the staffing which would allow more services to be provide

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

June 29, 2012

Roses is built with passion: for the persons/kids we serve,for the horses that are our staff;for the volunteers that provide their time and energy to make changes in the lives of the clients we serve. the executive director takes no salary as the program is building; her salary is the positive changes she sees in the clients we serve. We live for the day that weather is no barrier to providing the services that make our clients blossom . Once our indoor arean is complete we will be able to serve so many more and the changes that evolve will touch so many lives in such a positive way.

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

the changes in the students that we serve communicated by the teachers and families of the students

Ways to make it better...

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

find more contributors to establish a regular cash flow

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you learn about this organization?

a friend of mine was volunteering and after she passed I wanted to honor her

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

complete the indoor arena so we are not beholdent to the weather for lessons

What is its top priority in the long run?

annual fundraising to bring it to the next level of financial security that includes service to adults as well as children providing not only therapeutic riding but vocational training and ongoing educational training to clinicians

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