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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Health Support

Mission: To provide therapeutic recreational equine activities for children and adults with special needs to experience the bond that is created between horse and rider. Empowering them to be victorious in all areas of life and reach their fullest potential.

Results: Since inception in Oct 2007, we have grown from 5 students to 40 plus steady students in additon to hosting special needs groups for day trips to the farm. We educate them with hands on learning experience with all the animals on the farm in a safe and supervised environment. The benefits impact them physically, cognitively and psychologically. These aspects of the session awaken their awareness, increase coordination and attention span, along with giving them a CAN DO attitude to succeed in life. Providing volunteer opportunities for school groups, individuals and community service workers to enable them to give back to their communities.

Target demographics: Handicapped, disabled or special needs peopleVolunteers who want to assist people with disabilities in the South Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 40 plus special needs students with various disibilities like CP, MS, Autism, ADHD, Learning disibilities,Speech delays etc.and their families, plus groups from Elim , Cornerstone, St. Colletta's, The Lions Club, various preschools, Girl scouts, Brownie groups and youth groups.

Geographic areas served: Northern Il.

Programs: Riding sessions that takes therapy out of the clinical setting and puts it in a safe and fun environment. Horse/animal care education and hands on experience.

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Victory Reins is an amazing place. The owner’s Sandy & Jim have the biggest heart when it comes to the children. They make you feel so welcome.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Victory reigns helped both my kids, my son was recovering from brain tumor surgery and my daughter had a brain aneurysm. They both loved it and was great therapy for them.

Kathleen112

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter has been a volunteer at Victory Reins for over a year now and she absolutely love it! She wanted to volunteer because she is an equestrian and loves horses! She ended up loving the entire experience! Sandy has an unbelievable facility. She has created a warm and loving environment for all who attend. The students are blessed with her knowledge and compassion. Just walking into the facility gives you a sense of family. Sandy's passion for what she does shows in everything she does. She has set up an immaculate riding center, and created a warm and comfortable environment for parents to relax and watch their children thrive during their lessons. The children love to visit with the many other animals Sandy had beautifully housed as well. Rabbits, pigs, chickens, goats, cats and of course the horses all engage the children to bring countless smiles. My girl scout troop created items for Victory Reins to fulfill their Silver Award and were amazed when I took them to visit the facility! They had a wonderful time when Sandy took the time out of her busy schedule to give them a detailed tour of the facility! The girls were impressed and amazed at how much VR had to offer. Sandy has created a wonderful haven for all who visit! It is obvious that her heart is totally vested in every aspect of the Victory Reins. I am proud my daughter has found a second home at VR. The volunteers are amazing and the students and parents warm her heart every time she volunteers. She has grown as a young woman through her experiences at VR and now is considering a career in this field as well. An amazing organization!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My granddaughter, Lindsay, looks forward to going to Victory Reins every week. Victory Reins is a well run top organization. Sandy and her awesome volunteers are competent and compassionate. They are respectful of the individual needs of their students and delight in their sucesses. Victory Reins meets the needs of an underserved population.

Mary254

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

i have watched a young friend of mine blossom at Victory Reins. She has gained confidence working with the animals. Her balance, always a struggle with CP, is better and her petite core is stronger. Her experiences and her descriptions of them bring a light in her face that glows. Everyone who works and volunteers there is dedicated and hardworking. Thank you all for your efforts.

Diane97

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am the mother a a young girl who volunteers for Victory Reins. I have seen first hand the impact that tihs organization has on the lives of children. It not only helps the special needs of children, but has given my daughter a place to volunteer and feel useful. The smiles I see on the childrens faces as they are riding is remarkable and the volunteers and Sandy Michalewicz are inspiring.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Our granddaughter has been riding at Victory Reins. We have seen a WONDERFUL change in her speech and cognitive skills. It is a great place with great people who really care. Thank you to all who volunteer.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

There are 2 children from my circle of friends and relatives that come here to ride. Everyone is so friendly and willing to answer questions. The children all seem to brighten up as we stand on the sidelines and cheer and encourage them. The animals are wonderful and truly seem to understand their special job.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Victory Reins has to be one of the best theraputic riding facilities in the Midwest if not in the nation. The facilites has a host of positive reinforcement for the horse community and riders with disabilities. I have personally watched the faces of children turn to sheer delight while receiving lessons from Director, Sandy M. The volunteers are there to to assist, provide stability to the riders and ensure safety is adhered to. This is definitely a clean, friendly and family oriented facility that welcomes all with open arms. Thank you Victory Reins for the job that all of you do so well. Christine J.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

always a wonderful experience with such great caring people. God has and will continue to bless you!