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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

Mission: It is the mission of Hope Reins to provide a safe place for at-risk, disadvantaged and hurting children, families and adults to promote hope, healing and change through the use of equine rescued from abuse, neglect, abandonment or other difficult circumstances. Hope Reins rescues, rehabilitates and becomes a forever home to these horses who in turn become the teachers, inspiring and empowering others with their stories of recovery and healing. Participation in the programs of Hope Reins are offered to anyone who could benefit and are free of charge as our goal is to reach those who are most in need of hope. Hope Reins' additional goal for this year is to grow in the form of an additional riding ring to make room for the children on the waiting list and to expand to an additional property.

Results: Hope Reins is now a forever home to 10 equine, 4 of which continue to rehabilitate as they were rescued from severe neglect just this year. 15 children per week are currently visiting Hope Reins, with 15 already on a waiting list.

Target demographics: disadvantaged/at-risk children and abused/neglected horses find hope and healing together

Direct beneficiaries per year: 45 children from surrounding communities, residential group home and CPS, as well as rehabilitated and provided a forever home to 6 rescue horses. Hope Reins has since rescued and is rehabilitating 4 ponies from severe neglect

Geographic areas served: Bean Station, Tennessee

Programs: "Healing Hearts" program (pairing child with a rescue horse to provide opportunity for a common bond through caring for, grooming and riding resulting in each teaching the other the true meaning of unconditional love and to trust again); "Mending Fences" program (equine assisted growth and learning activities on ground addressing emotional and behavioral issues); and "Saving Grace" program (rescue, rehabilitation and giving a forever home to rescued horses).

Community Stories

15 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 bvfugate

Client Served

Rating: 5

My granddaughter , Jessica, has Intermitten explosive disorder. When I learn this program was close to home , I ask what it cost for a child to be in it ,because insurance won't pay for this kind of therapy , I was surprised to be told there was no charge . Jessia was accepted into the Hope Reins program this past June as she was coming out of a residential treatment facility. When Jessica is sitting on one of the horses ,the smile on her face needs no explaining . She does all she is ask to do there so she can have time with the horses. Hope Reins is a much needed program in our county and Cindy and her volunteers are there for these kids with problems. Cindy, You and the horses are helping Jessica and I say thank you very much. A very grateful grandmother Betty Fugate

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My son jacob is 8 yrs old he started attenting hope reins in june 2014. He really enjoys being there and helping out with all the chores they do. Hope reins has helped his behavior and over all enjoyment. My son talks about hope reins all the time. Hope reins gives jacob so much to look forward to and has learned so much from the program. Cindy is so amazing shes kind, sweet and such a loving person she does so much for hope reins and treats everybody the same no child is different to her. Shes inspired jacob so much. Im so thankful for this program and glad its free for everyone...

1 Carol177

Donor

Rating: 5

I watched Cindy work with the horses and children. The children open up to her about what they are feeling and they grow So much from this program. She puts her own money into this program because of her love for the kids.

Kathleen83

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I recently learned about Hope Reins when my great niece became involved in the program. It has been a wonderful experience for her! Jessica loves the horses and the people with the program! From what I've seen it has been a real help to her

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Both my children have been blessed to be part of such a wonderful program. My oldest daughter struggled with motor skills, balance and coordination. She had very low self esteem. She couldn't even ride a bicycle but after working with Cindy a short amount of time, she learned to ride a horse! It has developed a passion that has totally changed her confidence level. Cindy devotes so much time to this program and is agreat blessing to our community and children!

1 Sue_99

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am an animal science teacher and brought my students to Hope Reins to volunteer and learn. They worked with horses that have been healed from terrible situations thanks to the love and support from Cindy and the other volunteers. Their hearts were touched with stories of success and their eyes were opened to the huge number of horses who endure horrible abuse daily and need our help. Thank you for the life lessons that they learned through this program. This cause is so worthy of any time or funding you can give.

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Cindy does an excellent job working with the horses and incorporating therapy with the children that she serves. Excellent results from this program with the clientele that I also work with! Great job and keep it up. Recommended to anyone interested.

1 Allison42

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This previous summer I became aware, through a friend, of Hope Reins volunteer program, and I am so glad that I found out about it! Volunteering at this ranch is not only fun, but it is also very rewarding and teaches you something new every time you are there. Sadly, I've had to stop volunteering for the moment due to school, but I can't wait to see Cindy and all the kids again and get back to work!

1 Kelsie M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

6 years ago as hope reins was building up as I came to kingswood school I met swinger which was the sweetest and strongest horse I've ever met he had the biggest heart but then I met Brandy as a 12 your old that had been through too much to handle she made it better she showed me you always can't see where your going but as I led her I knew God was leading me where I needed to go just as I helped her get to where she needed to be. Cindy is the most strong willed person I've ever met only someone like her could ever make an organization as strong as it is because of her love and passion for these horses as she did for me when I was there. People wouldn't realize it but it really is a wonderful program for kids like me that didn't know what to do at the time. I love seeing hope reins grow!

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I became aware of Hope Reins a few years ago thru our church. We began helping with different things such as trees down and building stalls. I fell in love with the horses and the kids. The love and dedication that Cindy has towards the horses, ponies, and kids are amazing. Her passion has kept this great ministry alive. The children grow in confidence and tell the horses more about themselves than they ever would an adult. To see how the children grow is wonderful, and it is working because there is now a waiting list to get children in the program. This is truly a great nonprofit to support.