Swan Center Outreach Inc

Rating: 4.83 stars   105 reviews

Issues: Animals, Children & Youth, Education, Human Services

Location: PO Box 25749 Silverthorne CO 80497 USA

Mission: We serve the community by providing educational programs for youth at-risk, individuals, and families from the Denver metropolitan area, including rural and low-income neighborhoods, enabling them to learn vital communication and problem-solving skills. While caring for animals, valuable lessons in life skills are taught, including responsibility, leadership, self-confidence and community service.
Programs: There are no limitations on who can receive our services. We do not turn people away because of financial need. If they cannot afford an existing program, they can participate in volunteer programs and receive credits in exchange for services. Our free programs include: Saturday Saddle Club for ages 9 to adult; Horse Partnership; and a General Volunteer Program. Fee based programs include: Dog Partnership classes for adults; Guided Trail Rides with discounts for home schoolers and Saddle Club members; Riding Lessons with discounts home schoolers and Saddle Club members; the Riding Intuitively Clinic ®; Team Building & Leadership Training on Horseback Children's Horse Camps; Children's After School Program; Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts Programs; Birthday Parties and Special Groups; Pony Rides and Petting Zoo; Donations and the Sponsor an Animal Program.
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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

When a person finds the reason GOD created them and embraces it fully, you have something of rare and powerful beauty. The Longhills were designed to rescue these majestic beauties. I'm so thankful for people like them, and hope thier important work continues for all time. True inspiration!

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

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In trying to decide where to donate, I look for many things. One that is most important is the selflessness of the people involved. They do what they can with what they have to make something work. Swan Center takes an idea, makes it work and then they continue to make it better.
Not only does this benefit the animals and the people that are there for the programs but for the volunteers as well. It is a place where people of all ages can learn how to be a volunteer. My grand kids love it and will become good philanthropists as a result.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I only donate to nonprofits that I can connect to on several levels. This organization helps so many horses and other unwanted animals. The staff is very caring of the animals and they teach children of all ages how to take caring of them as well. I treated my 9 year old neighbor to a day camp. She exercised the smaller animals, fed and groomed the horses and then had a riding lesson before the day's end. Her comment, "I no longer want to be a singer when I grow up, I want to be a cowgirl!" I realize it must cost a lot of money to take care of just one horse and their herd is at least 15 or more, plus the goats, llamas, sheep, donkeys and ponies. I can my time, any thing I can afford and donate items to their thrift store. Please look at their website and if so moved, give as much as you can, they will thank you for it.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

While I have observed Swan Center Outreach for a number of years in addition to participating in their trail rides, Leadership programs and Riding Intuitively workshop, I am always amazed with the outcomes and experiences of other participants. Their focus is on training the general public including children about the value of a relationship with animals especially one with horses. While this sounds fairly straight forward, the fact that they incorporate horses that may have come from abusive situations, were rescued and rehabilitated to the point where they offer their own lessons of recovery. Children and adults facing a health or family crisis often identify with the animals and can see a path of hope for themselves, which makes the programs priceless. To learn more, watch this short You Tube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaGljbNUvx4

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

expand it!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I have loved and been uplifted by Swan Center Outreach and it's programs for many years. Seeing the transformations in the eyes of the children and adults who participate is so rewarding. None more so than the transformation in my own daughter after her first visit to the ranch.
Autism, as most of you know takes many forms, for my daughter, central audio processing disorder robs her of the confidence and self assuredness that most children enjoy. Overcoming her fears and countering them with positive experiences is a part of our daily lives. We are always looking for leverage to lift those walls of doubt and move forward. Enter...Thunder the Magnificent and Rose and John Longhill, co-founders of Swan Center Outreach.
Within moments of arriving, Callie Rose was no longer clinging to my arm and hiding behind me, she had shared apples with the minis and was talking to them as if they were old friends. Shortly thereafter, Thunder entered the arena, a rescued polo pony with a kind nature but an occasional stubborn streak. After careful and loving instruction, Callie Rose mounted and was holding the reins. In no time, she was riding, on her own, making turns and smiling. "Can we go faster Mom?" I can't begin to tell you the shift that made in our hearts.
After thanking Thunder for her ride, sharing an apple and leading him to the pasture Callie Rose walked across the paddock happy and self confident. It was a milestone and the leverage we have since used to encourage other great strides. If you can ride a horse, then there are other great things you can do as well, agreed?
I attribute these transformational experiences to the safe, loving environment at Swan Center Outreach and the masterful tutelage of the founders and others who understand the importance of uplifting a child. And, of course, to Thunder the Magnificent.

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

Develop program and participant experiences directed to autistic children and their families.

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

Definitely

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Life-changing

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2013

 
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There is no other feeling that can compare to the smile on a child's face when they ride that horse for the very first time. It's a great testament to Swan Center Outreach that they have so many successes.

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

Definitely

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Life-changing

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Participants will find The Mission Statement of Swan Center Outreach to be an understatement to the vital experiences they can receive through Swan Center Outreach Activities and Programs. The true value, facilitated by the directors and expressed through the animals is the incalculable value of making a connection.

Personal transformation occurs daily. All beings (human included) are encouraged to thrive and grow through natural expression and exploration. The rescued become the rescuers. The experience of unconditional love and acceptance is a rare and beautiful thing, one that must always be acknowledged and expanded. Join me in supporting Swan Center Outreach, just for the love of it.

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I cherish my times spent volunteering and participating. Witnessing transformation is an humbling and rewarding experience. The joy and fun I carry in my heart. My niece and nephews still remember the names of the horses they rode on their Jingle Bell Ride in 1993.

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

I would like to see Swan Center Outreach nationally recognized for it's longtime contribution to scouting. As a Girl Scout Leader this organization is the embodiment of the Promise and the Law we strive to uphold.

 
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