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Southern Tier Alternative Therapies, Inc. (STAT)
December 8, 2009

STAT is a young growing organization that offers scholarships to children and young people who have special needs throughout a 7 County area in the Southern Tier of New York State. Among their board of directors is the President and Founder who is a professional grant writer with a proven record of obtaining funding from businesses, foundations, as well as through fundraising efforts. STAT is an organization operated and staffed by 100% volunteers. Additional programs are coming for art, music, and dance movement/yoga therapies. for more information go to their website www.statinc.org

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

how they treat families and how important the connection is between the individual handicapped rider and the horse! Kids are the focus! When a government or a school will not provide a beneficial therapy it takes organizations like STAT to do it!

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

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the children STAT serves smile with pride; seeing them learn (from mentors, family members, and staff) communication skills, interpersonal skills, improved eye contact, improved flexility, balance, and strength...

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

kind and helpful, courtesous, gracious, and giving with a warm smile on their faces. Some are adults some are teen/peer mentors, all are volunteers and all who want to make a difference!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

build a school with alternative therapy facilities to include an heated indoor equine facility with outdoor trails, an aqua therapy complex and additional specialty rooms within the school structure to include art, music & dance therapy and more!

Ways to make it better...

there was more funding available for an operating budget to comfortable compensate people for the time and effort they put forth to meet expectations of constituents, serve more individuals, and accomplish STAT's mission and vision.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

an operating budget

One thing I'd also say is that...

this is an organization extremely dedicated to the children they serve.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Board Member & I have seen the miracles that have come from affording children with special needs to participate in no cost hippotherapy and therapeutic riding activities.