Swan Center Outreach and Swan Center for Intuitive Living has provided me with the confidence and wisdom I needed to pursuit my goals in life as well as the inner peace and discipline to stay focused and committed. I am deeply and completely grateful and consider myself very lucky to know that such an inspiring place exists and that I have had the opportunity to be a part of it.
Many times in life we yearn for acceptance, love, and peace. Swan Center Outreach is the one place to gain all three and more. The horses are the greatest healers and after interacting with them, you are at peace. The volunteers and staff and warm, helpful and loving. Swan Center Outreach is a beacon for those in need. At one time, I was one of those people in need, now all I can do is thank God for leading me to this wonderful organization. I guarantee you will leave happier than you arrived!
My daughter clung to me in fear, not for the first time, when trying something new...Riding Thunder was a very big, new thing, but Swan Center Outreach has a lot of love to offer a frightened child, and a lot of practice with kids, like mine, with autism and other life challenges. You can see her smile in the camp photo. There is so much value to gain with just one, positive, confidence building experience. It is priceless. . .
I am so grateful for the many volunteers in Summit County who made that experience possible. Now that the organization has moved to Sunny CA, and programs can happen year round; it is my fervent hope that many, many more children can be served with love, hope, and that one, indelible, positive life experience they can carry with them always.
From the bottom of our hearts...we are ever grateful..
Review from Guidestar
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.
As a volunteer it is my understanding that due to the desire to maintain the spiritual focus of the programs with the horses and in addition to serious health challenges faced by one of the founders, the board decided a move to California would be conducive to the well-being of the horses and people involved.
Review from Guidestar
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
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!
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.
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.