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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 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 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

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 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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