May 23, 2010
As a special educator and former therapeutic riding instructor, I know that many people in the field don't understand the particular challenges of working successfully with children and adults on the autism spectrum. I was immediately impressed not only with the facility and the horses, but with Joan. Many people come to this work with heart. Joan comes with a heart full of compassion , but also with a sharp intellect and creative mind. She understands how to maximize student learning, while fostering a love of horses and riding. She is a gift to the field, and precisely the kind of service provider that can change lives. In addition, she is committed to running the nonprofit well, which can be a challenge in itself. She is thoughtful about her fiscal and management decisions, which means that donor dollars are well-spent and channeled to program services not administration. Andrew Carnegie said that it's easy to give money away, but hard to give it away well. Giving to Roses is giving well.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
Although I've interacted with the center as a professional, I've also personally been a donor.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About once a year
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Professional with expertise in this field & Visited center and interviewed Joan Twining for book on using animal-assisted interventions for people with autism.