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June 28, 2012

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June 28, 2012

Hello. I am the principal of a special education program for students ages 3-8. This past year 8 of my students had the privilige of visiting the Rose Equestrian School on a weekly basis. The program is amazing! Ms. Joan and her staff are extremely knowlegable about horses, as well as, special needs students. This made it a fit perfect. The students learned about basic horse care and gained the confidence they needed to approach, and even feed, a horse. They looked forward to their weekly visits. The students have truely reaped the benefits of this program. I highly recommend it! Diann Butler, M.S. Forbush Therapeutic Preschool at Towson

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How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 28, 2012

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June 28, 2012

I first came to ROSES in 2009 the moment I pulled onto the property I could feel this place was special. The air just felt cleaner and the beautiful pastures and welcoming barn instantly eased my anxiety. After meeting Joan and the therapists (horses) I knew I had to be a part of this mission. With the help of the vocational director at the school I worked for we were awarded a grant to take 8 Autism Spectrum Adolescents to the farm once a week. Some of these students had never seen a farm before let alone a horse, so it is difficult for me to express with words alone how much this experience meant to these students. But from a practical stand point the data said it all. Students were more willing to do work and after returning from their morning session with the horses they were calm, more focuses, and eager to participate in activities. The horses also brought forward a strengthened ability to communicate. I wish I could tell you how it happened but you'll just have to ask one of 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

June 28, 2012

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June 28, 2012

My daughter applied to ROS because of her love of horses and also the need to fulfill her service learning hours for high school. She was also suffering from the loss of her beloved horse at the time and her experience helped her in more ways than she expected. She was so excited when she came home and told me that one of the students had taken a liking to her and ran up and hugged her as he entered the barn. She completed her hours over a year ago and still wants to go and help when she can because she enjoys being around the ponies and Ms. Joan. I am thankful that she was accepted to be a part of this wonderful place.

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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?

2012

June 27, 2012

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June 27, 2012

I was fortunate and proud to volunteer and work with Joan and her herd for about 6 months. We are moving and I miss those powerful "ponies"! ROSES is a beautiful, peaceful barn that changes lives. Everyone that visits this immaculate real world classroom learns and grows. There are wonderful people and kind spirited horses that enjoy their second careers as teachers. I hope that ROSES will continue to make positive impacts in many more kids and families lives for years to come. By reaching their goal of a finished indoor arena and getting a volunteer coordinator they will continue to share the blessings of those smiling faces after a job well done.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

June 4, 2010

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June 4, 2010

I just cannot express the love I have for ROSES on so many levels. I meet Joan when she allowed me to volunteer at her barn and spent time with her horses. The horses and the quiet environment was so therapeutic at a time in my life when stress levels were high. Life circumstances pulled me way from being able to volunteer, but God knew my heart and put ROSES back in my life when a friend I was helping with a brain injury began attending ROSES and I was driving her to her sessions. God found a way to fit ROSES into my life a handful of times in the past 8 years. Whenever I was there, it was to help ROSES but somehow I always left feeling like I was taking more from the experiences then I was able to give back. Now I have the privilege to take a few of my autistic students (I am an OT at school for children with autism) to ROSES each year and the love they show for the horses and the progress they show through the 8 weeks is always amazing and touching!! They display skills and abilities I dont see in the school environment and they seem to open up and let down their guards in a way I have never seen. I always leave smiling, trying to memorize the way the students engages in ROSES environment and always looking forward to see what the next visit holds! I cant not say enough about ROSES- the therapeutic environment, the amazing horses, Joan's obvious passion for her occupation, her caring for every individual that walks in the door on top of her knowledge and therapeutic use of self- being apart of ROSES is life changing!

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 31, 2010

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May 31, 2010

I learned about Rose of Sharon after meeting Joan and becoming acquainted with her extraordinary work. Any program that serves the needs of children with disabilities is in essence a program for and about women, since the effort of raising a child with special needs falls most heavily on mom. Being an animal lover and a mom, I cannot help but be impressed by Joan's generosity of spirit as well as her commitment.

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

My experience has been indirect in that I often work and volunteer with populations that ROS serves. I have found in my experience as a pet therapy volunteer that these animals have a remarkable capacity for comunication with this population.

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

Their work is just wonderful. Just by learning about Rose of Sharon I've been personally inspired.

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

The director is brilliant and is so obviously devoted to her work!

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

Offer services to so many more!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 30, 2010

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May 30, 2010

This is a powerful program helping adults and children with disabilities by using the therapeutic relationship developed with horses and ponies.

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

Watching the clients and their families benefit from the therapeutic relationships they develop with the staff and the horses.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 28, 2010

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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

May 28, 2010

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May 28, 2010

My son was speech delayed and had VERY low muscle tone. He had been getting services through the county infant and toddlers program but I was looking for something more. I found Roses on my own through an internet search and could not have been happier with my luck! My son was only about 2 and a half years old at the time but was focused and able to follow directions so Joan agreed to work with him. He rode Izzy once a week for about a year. At first, he was too shy and afriad to do much but groom her and muck out the stalls - a chore both of my boys enjoyed as much as riding! So Joan allowed his brother, who was a year and a half older, to ride in an effort to coach my little one onto the pony. Soon, both were riding quite comfortably. One of the only drawbacks with the program was the weather. As he was so small, he got cold easily and oftentimes had to settle for only grooming Izzy and then riding the mechanical horse indoors. Other than that, it was a fantastic experience! His tone and speech improved dramatically. His core stength became so good that he rode a 2-wheeled-bike without training wheels at 4 years old! His self-confidence improved and he even came out of his shyness at bit. We haven't been there in several years but the memories and experiences gained have made a lasting impact on my boys and our family. They often ask when we can go back to see Ms Joan and Izzy!

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

watching my sons core strength improve

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

May 24, 2010

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May 24, 2010

My twin sons, age 27 yrs. are mentally and physically handicapped and have been riding at Roses over the last three years. The boys love the horses and the volunteers, they act like they are in heaven. The therapy strengthens their core and they are very focused during their sessions. The guys haven't been on a regular riding schedule because of weather conditions and their ill horse. Joan is very dedicated, patient and gifted and deserves donations for this organization.

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

accompanying my sons to their sessions.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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