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May 17, 2010

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May 17, 2010

As a new volunteer who got started last fall, and is currently helping with weekly riding lessons, I've been consistently encouraged, delighted, and humbled by Joan Twining and her equestrian school. I'm particularly inspired by this organization's inclusive and holistic approach. Whether they're holding a curry comb for the first time, measuring out scoopfuls of feed together, practicing advanced skills in the riding ring, or helping hose down a horse in the specially designed wash stall, students (and volunteers!) are learning that all aspects of riding are accessible to them. At Rose of Sharon, the multiplicity of our experiences, and the spectrum of our challenges--urban and rural, horse and human, teacher and student--are not barriers to be met with resignation. They are variations to be explored, shared, and celebrated, with honesty, openness, humor, and courage.

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

the ways I've seen my capacity for hope and courage expand.

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

complete its indoor riding arena with classroom space; create its planned outdoor riding trail with exercise stations and a landscaped labyrinth for meditative riding; and expand its environmentally responsible, low-impact management plan.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 17, 2010

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May 17, 2010

Joan Twining has devoted her life to realizing her vision of a place of safety and calm for people with physical, emotional, and developmental challenges. Her work with the horses, children, volunteers, and the physical facility testifies to her deep committment and dedication to this mission. ROSES is surely a place where "miracles happen every day," and the students and families who experience its magic will feel its benefits long into the future.

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

visiting the beautiful facility and interacting with the gentle horses there.

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

complete its indoor ring for year-round lessons.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 17, 2010

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May 17, 2010

My son, dx autism, absolutely loved to go to Rose of Sharon to ride his favorite horse, Izzy. Joan and Karen worked with him on his communication and on following directions. The physical movement helped him with his balance and core strength. I would recommend Rose of Sharon to any parent - my son was treated with respect and he had a fantastic time!

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...the way my son responded to the animals and the staff was remarkable. He was always so excited to go; he didn't think of it as "work". The horses have a way of calming him, making communication more fluid for him.

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

...finish the indoor rink! The one down side was that weather could shut down his ability to ride. It would be wonderful if the indoor rink could be completed so kids don't have to be disappointed if the weather is bad.

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

...watching my son grow.

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

...very special! Patient, well-trained, careful, respectful, supportive!

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

...finish the indoor ring, hire full time staff, serve more children!

Ways to make it better...

...Rose of Sharon had an indoor riding ring.

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

...finding funding to finish the indoor riding ring.

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

Joan has a beautiful vision to use these magnificent animals as a bridge for connecting with special children. She has an earnest desire to see her students grow and do well.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

May 17, 2010

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May 17, 2010

I met Joan when she asked me to mount a poster for a fund raiser she was having. It was when I delivered the posters that I saw the wonderful things that were happening at Roses. Joan works very hard to make sure that her students get the help they need and have fun doing it. When I started volunteering a month or so ago, I truly saw the time and effort that Joan puts into making sure her students learn, gain self confidence and communicate. I also see the other side of Roses and the time and energy that Joan puts into the administrative and logistical end of her functions as the Director. Roses is a amazing place where students thrive. Joan is a remarkable person (as is her staff) and I am truly grateful that our paths have crossed.

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

By seeing students coming back with enthusiasm about riding with Joan.

Ways to make it better...

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

I would finish the indoor arena so she can educate and provide therapy no matter what the weather!

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

The energy, the enthusiasm, the experience.

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

giving, caring, responsible human beings

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

Help so many other children and adults who need people like Joan and her ponies.

Ways to make it better...

Joan had more staff to help her complete her goals with her students.

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

Building an indoor arena.

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

Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of a great journey of hope that you give so many students at Roses.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 15, 2010

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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

May 15, 2010

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May 15, 2010

As evidenced by the wonderful facility and openness to a variety of modalities, this organization is extremely dedicated to the clients it serves. They make an extremely positive impact on people's lives.

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

visiting the facility and talking with the director.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 14, 2010
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May 14, 2010
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These are the most caring and unselfish group of people I have ever met. Twice a week to help facilitate 5 autistic children, learn to ride. The center director and instructor are amaizing. This experience not only brings joy and a feeling of calm to the students, it has a very positive effect on me. I know I go home with as much joy as the children (Maybe even more). I truly look forward to a very long and loving relatioinship with this organization. Diane Miceli

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

I have seen a tremendous change in the children during the riding experience. This started out as a challenging group. some wouldn't communicate at all, some couldn't focus. Now they are evolving into a confident, peaceful group of students.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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