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Mission: This organization is dedicated to adopting rescued and unwanted horses in order to give them a forever loving home and utilizes the horses to educate, mentor, and counsel individuals, children, and families through various equine assisted activities & therapies.

Results: Certified by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) to conduct Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Learning. Certified by the Certified Horsemanship Association (CHA) to conduct horseback riding and horsemanship lessons. Proud members of the Maryland Horse Council.

Programs: Equine Assisted Mentoring Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) Horse Sanctuary Horseback Riding & Horsemanship

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20 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Tara31

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My organization at The Big Purple Barn has had the pleasure of partnering with Kristy and Desire through both the after school program they offer and the special needs community they serve. The horses and ponies at our sanctuary have provided the opportunity to allow individuals and horses to connect. Every time, Kristy is personally involved, very hands on, enthusiastic and brings great volunteers along with eager and excited visitors! We love to work with them and look forward to a lasting relationship!

Lori44

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have had the pleasure of working with Desire Ministries' programs through Kristy and have enjoyed sharing our horses with everyone in the program. It is a special feeling indeed to see someone come alive while visiting with the horses. Kristy is a wonderful teacher with a kind heart. Her organizational skills are beyond all measure. We appreciate all that she has given us and our horses. Freedom Hill Horse Rescue Dunkirk, MD

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Desire Ministries is the best after school activity at my son's school. This program gives my son the opportunity to learn not just about horses as it relates to how they live or what they eat, but also how some horses are living in danger and need to be rescued. Mrs. Alvarez has a huge heart for horses and a much larger heart for Christ. Mrs. Alvarez shares her love with the children in horse club through her love for horses...WE LOVE DESIRE MINISTRIES!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Desire Ministries as a supporter/volunteer since 2009, and accepted a position on the Board of Directors in 2011. Desire's horse program has grown by leaps and bounds in the past year through Kristy Alvarez's hard work and dedication to making the organization better every day. Although she already understood horses through her years of expereince with them and her Certified Horsemanship Association instructor certification, Kristy knew she wanted to do more to help people connect with horses. She earned her Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) certification to help people with horses and is very involved with Parelli training systems to help herself, and others, understand more about helping horses. She has written plans for her organization and has proven her ideas by earning a few small grants to help expand some of her ideas. I'd like to note that this is an ALL-VOLUNTEER organization - no one is paid - and all overhead is paid through donations. I have first hand seen the horses Desire Ministries has helped, the wonderful partnerships Desire Ministries has made with other organizations in the community, and the people Desire Ministires has helped through this unique program of rescuing horses and helping people. Desire Ministries is most deserving o 2012 Top-Rated Awards recognition.

2 Mary108

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Ms. Kristy has been a part of our lives for over 7 years. My Grandaughter has volunteered at Desire Ministries for many years.She has made a great impact on not only my Grandaughter but our whole family as well. Growing up with horses many years ago I personally know what horses can do for us and Kristy brings horses who need us together with people who need them. What an amazing outcome for both

1 patty

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Desire Ministries serves people and horses. By rescuing horses that might be otherwise be euthanized, these animals regain trust and eventual love of human beings. The adults and children who are introduced to rescued and rehabilitated horses gain innumerable benefits by becoming an integral piece in the equine healing. This beautiful ministry heals people and horses, alike. Kristy Alvarez is certified in numerous equine therapies, each one overlapping the specific needs of her clients. I can not think of a non profit that is more deserving of recognition and support than Desire Ministries. It is in a word; awesome.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What an inspiration it has been to have volunteered at an open house event for Desire Ministries.
The depth of equine understanding and human compassion that Kristy has, just blew me away. I'd been aware of Kristy's education in counseling and her lifelong horsemanship experiences, but to see these combined skills put into action right before my eyes was just astounding.
During a riding event opportunity, I witnessed a withdrawn, anxious horse-shy child gain enough confidence to not only sit upon a horse; with Kristy's guidance, but to actually relax, focus and ENJOY riding. This beautiful transformation all took place as Kristy's people and horse skills, combined, gave comfort and confidence to a shy child and afforded a wonderfully therapeutic experience.
This memory will always stay with me, as I felt like i saw a child take it's first steps.....
Desire Ministries has helped countless other children as well as rescued horses that might have otherwise been discarded.
These horses have not only recovered, but flourished, under the care of Kristy.
In order for Desire Ministries to reach it's full potential, they need to purchase property with a barn.
To some this may sound like an impossible undertaking, but the miracle that I witnessed is enough to convince me that Desire Ministries is destined for success with my help and yours.
Please join me in supporting this wonderful Nonprofit Organization transform lives, one at a time....

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

My niece Cassidy and I have been so blessed by volunteering with Desire Ministries. Cleaning the stables and "flinging poo" has taught her a hard work ethic. Grooming the horses has taught her patience and compassion. Learning to ride has taught her discipline and given her confidence. And the time we get to spend with each other has strengthened our bond as family and friends.

1 Eric D.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My daughter Kirstyn is a volunteer. She has learned so much about caring through the ministry and by Mrs. Alvardez's example, that it has had a major impact on her life. Kirstyn is learning great life lessons through Desire Ministries such as caring for others, personal responsibility, patience, and selfless service that is not often found in like programs. Kristy Alvarez's kindness, love, humbleness, and inspiration touch many lives and helped Kirstyn and her friends in a positive way. Desire Ministries inspirers those who are involved. It is a unique ministry that has touched many hearts. Kirstyn will continue to volunteer in the program because of how it touches the lives of people and horses.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have witnessed firsthand how horses can impact a person's soul. They become a partner, a friend and help people do things that they did not think they could do as well as build confidence. Horses help instill confidence with their partnership. I have personally seen this over and over again. Kristy who started Desire Ministries is one of the most giving and kind people I have ever had the privilege of meeting. I have been fortunate to be involved with her since 2003 as my student, an employee and over the years become a friend. Kristy is honest, organized, has good business sence as well as she is very good at what she does. She readily shares her knowledge and compassion with others. I have observed adults as well as children enjoy learning from her. I have enjoyed seeing Kristy's dream develope and watch her continue to grow in the process. Desire Ministries is a much needed program which can help so many people and horses in the process. We will all be better for having her mission in our lives.

1 Patty C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Desire Ministries has been quite a blessing to our family. Last year I signed Bethany (our daughter) up for horse camp and left a deposit with Kristy. I was surprised at how affordable her camps were and amazed at her vision. A couple of weeks after signing Bethany up, my husband lost his job. Even though the camp was incredibly affordable, we just couldn't find a way to pay our bills and horse camp.
I can't tell you how devasting it is to realize that you have to explain to your child that she is no longer able to attend. Especially after hearing her excitement about all she was going to do. It crushed my heart, I couldn't do it. I went back to the books and tried to find money somewhere~I couldn't. I called Kristy and explained our situation. She was very understanding and willing to sent back our deposit. She mentioned that she might be able to find someone who would be willing to help pay for Bethany to go to camp. I was encouraged and when I hung up the phone, prayed that God would somehow make a way.
Not long after, Kristy phoned with amazing news. Someone had agreed to pay the rest of the balance so that Bethany could attend. I can't tell you what an amazing moment that was for me. I was overwhelmed by the generousity of that person. Bethany could attend after all!
Bethany had the best time ever. Every day when I picked her up she had so many stories to share with me. She LOVED camp! I am so grateful for Desire Ministries and would highly recommend it. Thank you Kristy and all of you who help serve this community! You make a difference!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I loved working at Desire Ministries! I was so excited to work at the farm and Kristy was a great boss she taught me all i needed to know to take care of the animals. The horses each had their own personality and taking care of them made me so happy. This volunteer job gave me a sense of responsibilty, having to wake up every morning and make sure each stable was clean and grooming the horses taught me how to be efficent and get the job done. One of the funnest times i had at the farm was helping the little kids learn how to ride the horses. Its amazing to see how excited they got when they groomed the horses or rode them. But i would have to say the best part was the horses they were why i worked my hardest they are why i did my best. I defiently recomond this volunteer job for other teenagers looking for a fun way to spend their time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have seen, first hand, the positive impact that Desire Ministries can have on the lives of children with special needs. Last summer, Desire Ministries hosted two weeks of horseback riding camps and the students included a few with special needs. Campers were taught all about the care of horses from grooming and washing to cleaning the stalls. They were taught about all the names of the parts of the horse as well as the names and parts of all the riding equipment. And , of course, they got to ride! Kristy Alvarez took the time to give each child the personal care and attention that they needed to have the best experience. The children's response and growth were amazing!

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have personally experienced what this wonderful ministry has done for so many adults and children.
Kristy works hard to have the children in her horse club come to a greater understanding of horses. Kristy has proven time and time again what her mentoring program has done to help her students, some of whom have had emotional problems.
She is an avid horsewoman herself and her dream is to be able to help more and more adults and children through her ministry.
Kristy runs a wonderful summer camp at Lotmar Stables.
She has had an open house where adults and children had the oportunity to ride and get to know more about horses.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I had to the pleasure of working with Krisitie at my barn for 2 years and I witinessed first hand her love and compassion for horses and her ability to instill that love and dedication to her students. Kristie ran a weekly horsecamp for children. The camp was designed to teach children how to care for and receieve riding instruction with her horses Red and Occi. She truly enjoyed seeing the joy that horses can bring to a young child.

During the time she was here, Kristie also adopted her horse Occi that she found at a horse resuce facility. You truly can see her love for those less fortunate. I know Kristie can do great things with her ministry and I wish her all the best.

Please support my friend Kristie as she pusues her dreams.

Celie Mann

Veronica W.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Kristy is an amazing instructor, exhibiting her passsion for horses as she teaches My two daughters were involved in the Horse Club after school program while they attended Cornerstone Christian Academy.

Both daughters served as summer volunteers to her Horse Camp last summer. They had a great time. They love Kristy and the enthusiasm she has for children and the passion of the care of horses!

Kristy was also my daughter's 5th grade teacher and fellow collegue, as I taught with her at CCA for many years, until she decided to branch off and start Desire Ministries Full time.

She is a very caring, compassionate and committed woman! She is determined to use this ministry to impact children and adults that come into her program. She is fully committed!

Joy C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Kristi has been a blessing to us, especially my son Jeffrey, I has learned a lot and many time he wants to just spend more time with the Horse club. Also my nieces that comes during the summer loves being part of Kristi programs and they which they live closer so they can attend more often.

I just want to say her organization is great and I know will be a blessing to many kids in the future.

Joy C.

Valerie O.

Donor

Rating: 5

I have seen Kristy Alvarez' work first hand over the years at Loftmar's Summer Camp, as a riding instructor, as the coach for the National Captial Adult Equestrian League, as a rider, and in how she has incororporated all she has learned into creating Desire Ministries. She developed the "Horse Club" program to allow children the opportunity to be around horses who may not otherwise have had the chance. She is on a quest to expand her ministry and purchase a stable where she can do her work full time. I believe she can do it!

Beth S.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

So many children and adults lives have already been touched by this ministry. I have personally seen this happen with children who attended there "Horse Club" program. These children were given the opportunity to learn about horses, learn to care for them and the basics of riding. This was an opportunity they may not have had if it were not for this program. I saw children who were withdrawn , had low self esteems or other emotional issues gain a new outlook and gain confidence in themselves. I saw children who were already confident gain even more confidence from learning a new dscipline. Another reason to support this ministry is that 100% of your donation is used solely for the ministry. PLease consider donating so that Desire Ministries can have there own facility and be able to expand the ministry enabling to touch the lives of so many more people and horses!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Desire Ministries has made a positive impact in so many lives. Director Kristy Alvarez had a vision where students could enjoy riding and taking care of horses while simultaneously mentoring and ministering to them.
I personally know several students that have gone through Desire Ministries and have absolutely loved it. This is a very unique, universal, therapeutic atmosphere and I would encourage anyone who gets the opportunity to take the Desire Ministries experience.