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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Human Services, Youth Development

Mission: Rose of Sharon is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults challenged by disability. ROSES provides experiential learning opportunities which draw upon the therapeutic potential of the horse-human bond to facilitate change, growth, and healing. Additionally, ROSES seeks a leadership role in the field of equine-assisted activities by partnering with academic and medical researchers to demonstrate the efficacy of therapeutic horsemanship programs; and by cooperating with members of Maryland's horse industry to provide vocational training for entry-level workers.

Results: ROSES has been serving students with disabilities for 15 years. The skills learned at the stable continue to effectively transfer to the students' lives in school, at home, and throughout the community at-large.

Target demographics: students with disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100

Geographic areas served: Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Surrounding areas

Programs: equine-facilitated learning

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

steph55

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with ROSES as a parent of a student, a volunteer and a board member for the past 15 years. I have seen the miracles that happen when children with disabilities have the opportunity to interact with horses. Personally, my daughter gained self confidence, independence and self esteem along with an ability to work with others. ROSES has made a huge difference in my life and my family.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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!

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Mary Clark G.

Board Member

Rating: 5

All you need to do is step foot in the barn at Roses, and you know you have entered a special place. I have been a volunteer there for a year and a half, and it has quickly become one of the highlights of my week. Joan and the volunteers are some of the most dedicated and warm and caring individuals I have ever met. Once the kids come, the miracles truly start. Helping a child who has been withdrawn and hesitant and even sometimes angry in the classroom interact positively with a horse is nothing short of inspirational..Each horse has its own personality and Joan takes much care in assessing each child individually and assigning them a horse that will encourage the student to try new things which inevitably results in positive change. Roses is simply a phenomenal place.

1 Writer

Board Member

Rating: 5

ROSES is such a special organization. Everyone (whether it is the barn cat, the horses or the volunteers) is treated with an enormous amount of care and respect. The stories that I have heard about students' experiences are life changing. It is truly an honor to be involved in such a unique and valued organization. ROSES has been a part of my life for over 2 years and I am so excited to see what the future has in store for us.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Rose of Sharon Equestrian School since May of last year. Because of my work schedule, I am not able to make it out while the students are there, but I can assure you that they are in the best hands. The horses are so gentle and the staff/crew of volunteers could not be more amazing. I recently joined the Board of Directors because I believe in this organization so much and want to do as much as possible to help them succeed. ROSES has changed my life and I cannot wait to be part of their future!

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Our granddaughter was originally diagnosed with POD NOS at the age of three. Most people are more familiar with the term :AUTISM" after doing much research we were lucky to find a place called Roses (Rose of sharon Equestrain School). Mrs Joan the director, and her volunteer staff who work with children with learning disabilities do and unblievable job ,you would have to be there and see it with your own eyes. Our granddaughter loved her horse "IZZY" she learned how to groom her and take care of her horse. After a morning ride "IZZY" was always waiting for her treat. we went to Roses from 2005 to 2011. She was always ready on Saturday mornings to go see "IZZY" , now she is very busy on Saturdays with her social life , she is out with her friends and has dance classes and drama classes Who would have ever thought this day would have come. She now has a social life. When I asked Joan about her she said, "we launched your granddaughter ,now we have all these other kids to take care of . I never left I still get out there about once a week to see and here whats going on with the other kids. I once took a close friend out to see this place and on the way back he said to me," where did you find this SAINT? " I'll probably never leave, I can't get enough of this good feeling I get out there.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have helped Joan Twining and Rose of Sharon for the past 6 months on their web site, and continue to do so. I had the pleasure of visiting the school about a month ago and was quite amazed at the facility. I always knew what Joan was doing was an amazing thing that helped others, but I finally "got it" when I visited the facility. It is in such a peaceful and serene environment, and I could sense that the horses knew how much they were helping. There was just an overall feeling of gratitude and kindness as I was walking around. It was extremely refreshing, and something I knew I wanted to be involved more with in the months and years to come.