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Causes: Developmentally Disabled Centers, Disabilities, Human Services

Mission: •The mission of Partners For Progress is to provide alternative equine therapeutic programs to individuals with physical, mental and emotional challenges. By using quality trained horses, each individual participant rider will have a chance to experience the highest quality therapeutic ride with maximum benefits.

Results: Partners For Progress is committed to: 1.helping each individual that comes to our facility achieve their maximum personal potential, welfare, and self-achievement, 2.paving ground in the field of equine therapy by continually thinking outside of the box for ways to assist these individuals, whether their need be emotional, mental, or physical in nature, and 3.making equine therapeutic programs more efficient and effective, and are willing to share this information - once proven - with other equine therapy programs. All those who come to Partners For Progress are treated as an individual, and receive an evaluation delivered by a licensed Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, or a Speech/Language Pathologist to pinpoint deficit areas which impact the function of daily life. Once that evaluation is completed, therapist, instructor, family members, and participant (if able) work together to generate a treatment plan that is most affective and beneficial for the participants functional gain, allowing for unlimited possibilities. Our therapists and staff have designed the programs at Partners For Progress to be goal oriented utilizing measurable goals. Overall well-being health is promoted in an attempt to prevent the prevalence and progression of disease and disability. With measurable goals for the participants as well as the programs, progress is easily identifiable for the over 160 participants per week that we serve. Collaborative teamwork based on purpose is also integral to success for Partners For Progress. With a skeletal staff (compared to other equine therapeutic centers) and 5 years of documented outcome history, the programs at Partners For Progress have been able to attain a 70% goal achievement success rate. What does that mean? It means that 70% of the goals assessed to our participants are achieved, or for 70% of the opportunities presented the participant will demonstrate moderate or better progress toward the assigned goal. It is quite the moment to see the joy on a participants face when they realize that they are no longer limited due their achievement of a goal. To support our programs, Partners For Progress provides a quality of horse that falls within the top 5% of therapeutic facilities within the United States. A higher quality of horse allows for more functional gain which is a necessity to all of our participants. This exceptional level of equine quality and ability - which is of the greatest importance to the participant - is maintained through rigorous training, maintenance, and quality veterinarian care. Because of all this, Partners For Progress has been able to stretch our reach past the therapeutic needs of our participants. We are currently the only therapeutic riding center within the states of Illinois and Wisconsin that maintains a national traveling show team. This team participates in competition with the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA) and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA), and its participants have achieved honors that include World Championship titles. As we look forward to 2012, some of our goals for continued growth are: •Locate and financially secure a permanent home for our program •Grow our overall program base with additional services, i.e., supportive cancer therapy •Grow our participant and volunteer population by 20% •Continue staff education, training, and program development •Expand vocational services and promote volunteer experiences to all populations

Target demographics: those with special needs

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 170 riders per week through their challenges to improve their abilities, building loads of self-esteem, confidence, and smiles.

Geographic areas served: Located in Lake County, Illinois, we serve individuals from Northeastern Illinois & Southeastern Wisconsin

Programs: Hippotherapy - Improves posture, movement, neuromuscular functions, sensory integration and speech through constant individual direct intervention, from either a physical or occupational therapist. Requires a physical therapy and/or occupational therapy prescription. Therapeutic Power Hour - Includes equine activities offered in a group structure. Areas of focus are cognitive skills, motor planning, visual perceptual skills, social interaction and sensory processing. Family, therapist and equine instructor collaborate to generate goals unique to each child or adult's needs. Therapeutic Sports Riding - Independence is the goal in this program. PFP’s sports riders develop riding skills, stable management skills (horse and tack care), and have the pportunity to join one of our show teams with Special Olympics, the National Snaffle Bit Association (NSBA), and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). Equine Facilitated Learning - For reasons that may forever be unknown, the horse holds a special captivation and an innate power by having the capacity to surround us with healing energy. This program fosters positive risk taking, leadership, social communication, independence, mental attitude, motivation and teamwork. Equine Facilitated Craniosacrial Therapy - Craniosacrial Therapy (CST) is a light touch manual therapy that addresses restrictions in the craniosacrial system and directly impacts the central nervous system. This program offers the best of Equine and Craniosacrial by combining equine facilitated therapy with CST techniques. Heroes on Horses - Our Heroes on horses program assists military veterans by providing equine activities, therapies, and riding programs tailored specifically to the needs of each veteran. Benefits may include increased balance, coordination, muscle strength, self-esteem, and self control along with developing riding skills.

Community Stories

44 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 1

Very rude personnel. Horses are great and my son enjoyed riding them however the staff is RUDE!!!
I have been trying to resolve my situation for the past 2 MONTHS and still no answer!!! They will be more than happy to take your money but to get a refund for unused services you will get no call back.

WHAT KIND OF SERVICE IS THIS???

Very unhappy parents,

I am still waiting for a resolution!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I would like to thank everyone on staff, the families, clients and volunteers at Partners For Progress for the wonderful opportunity you have given my daughter. Over the last three years, she has found a second home at your facility where she enjoyed volunteering. She truly considers all of you her second family. You can be certain that you have inspired her and given her a direction with which to pursue a career in Equine Assisted Therapy at William Woods University. The knowledge, confidence and dedication she gained working with all of you has been a joy for me as a parent to observe. Even though I know she will miss you all very much as we as a family move out of Illinois, please be assured she will come back to visit and will always hold a special place in her heart for all of you. As she starts her college adventure, please know that the experiences she had with you helped her decide her school/career path. Thank you for all of the fun times, lovely going away gifts and giving her direction. I appreciate it more than you know. I wish PFP continued success in the future.

Client Served

Rating: 1

Personally, I didn't find it that great. The horses yes, but the people that ran it were rude.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Truly a wonderful organization! Everyone associated from staff to volunteers to students want to be there and it shows.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Partners for Progress is changing my son's life. After suffering a severe brain injury we have been on a very aggressive rehabilitation plan to help him recover. The work PFP does has been outstanding in improving his core strength, balance, and self esteem. We are so grateful for the work the team does and their individualized approach to his recovery.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am amazed at the results I have seen over the last 6 months of being involved with Partners For Progress and inspired by the dedication of the staff.

Nina20

Client Served

Rating: 5

Partners for Progress provides state of the art interventions for children with physical, cognitive and emotional disabilities using wonderful therapeutic horses as the tool.
My daughter Olivia has been riding for 12 years has made incredible progress in many areas. I do not believe she would be walking if it wasn't for this therapy. We are blessed beyond belief to have found the talented staff who work in this program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a volunteer at Partners for Progress NFP, Therapeutic Riding Center is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. The staff is professional, caring and compassionate and all of the volunteers are considered an important part of the "team". I learn something new each day I am there, whether about the horses or how to assist better with the clients. It is amazing to see the interactions between clients and horses and the positive outcomes that extend to other family members as well. Each time I go home, I know that "I have made a positive difference" in someone's life.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Partners for Progress Nfp (PFP) therapeutic has done an amazing job with my children. They set specific goals for each child. It has enhanced and improved their lives. It has brought them further in development and strength, endurance, and coordination than any other program. It has given them self confidence and go out of their comfort zone. The staff and volunteers are Wonderful!!!! We are truly blessed to have PFP close to home.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer at PFP and never stop being amazed and gratified and the wonderful work the therapists and other volunteers do with the special needs children and young adults.

Terese D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

There is not enough time to fully explain all the benefits that participating in Partner For Progress Nfp (PFP) therapeutic riding programs has helped me. An added benefit is that PFP provides is the ability to take the experience, skills and confidence that I have gained to the next level. PFP riders have participated in Special Olympics Equestrian events, National Snaffle Bite Association, American Quarter Horse Associations, American Quarter Horse Congress events. PFP provides the opportunity to apply what each rider has learned and take it to the show arena. Because of PFP I have had the opportunity to compete at the National Snaffle Bite Association World Show in their Heroes on Horses class. A class where wounded active duty military and disabled veterans get to showcase how these programs are helping us heal. With out PFP support out side the therapeutic arena there is no way that myself or others in their programs would be able to going into the competition arena.

Previous Stories

Client Served

Rating: 5

Partners For Progress isn’t just about having a good time while doing therapy on horseback. They are all about setting and achieving goals that enrich, enhance and improve the lives of their rider.
I participate in PFP’s “Heroes on Horses” program for our nation’s veterans and active duty wounded warriors. It has helped me in providing therapy forces me to focus on the moment and not the past or what might happen in the future. The therapy carries over for several hours and comes back throughout the week.
Through Partners For Progress I have been able to participate in the National Snaffle Bit Association’s “Heroes on Horses” class, independent riders category, at their World Show and at other NSBA Horse Show events

Client Served

Rating: 5

This place has been a life changer for my family. My son has learned self confidence, independence skills, social skills, and self regulation. Every person who work or volunteers there is amazing!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been riding with Partners for Progress since he was 4 years old, for a total of 4 1/2 years. He has participated in many types of therapies since he was 4 months old, but the therapy provided by the horses and the excellent staff and volunteers has brought him further in development and strength than any other therapy. Equally important are the friendships he has developed, with other riders and also with the people who help him each week. The riding looks mostly like fun, but the strength, endurance and coordination it builds in the children is amazing. Most of the time the riders are smiling, being encouraged and challenged by the volunteers walking with them. Recently my 13 month old daughter started riding to assist with her muscular issues. She looks so tiny atop the huge horse, but there are always loving hands on her and she has come to trust her helpers. Her progress in movement in the past month is nothing short of miraculous. What a wonderful resource and group of friends we have in our community; we are truly blessed to have them here.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been riding with Partners For Progress now for over 8 years. The level of therapy that is provided there is more than just therapy, and it is definitely not a "pony ride". The staff truly knows how to integrate therapy with necessary life skills to help the riders overcome their challenges and apply it to everyday life - and then make them feel successful. The staff is firm about their requests, but gentle in the way that they guide the rider to complete the request, giving the rider the ability to realize accomplishment. My daughter - who has Autism - has gained incredible ability in team work, motor planning, socialization, problem solving, transitioning, executive functioning, and so much more along with improvement in her physical which has given her an incredible sense of self-esteem and confidence -and it helps that she loves being with the horses. She actually wants to work with the challenging instructors because she knows that it makes her a stronger, more able individual. In addition, the volunteers that give of their time here are amazing. They are eager to assist the riders, and truly become involved in supporting them and their goals. They are a very integral part of the team work that is necessary for the riders to succeed. I cannot say enough wonderful things about what happens here for the riders, and the care that is given to their horses. If you are looking for results for your loved one, this is the place to come, and if you are looking for a place in which to make a difference, this is the place to come. It will change your life.

Peggy46

Client Served

Rating: 5

My daughter has been with Partners for Progress for 8 months now and what a tremendous difference it has made in her life and in ours. The therapists / equestrians are amazing ladies and they really work hard to make a difference in my daughters life. After being given the Autistic Diagnosis there are so many suggestions and paths you will be given to follow but I will say that the path to this place was the best one so far and the one in which we've seen the best progress. This can be attributed to the hard work individuals at this facility that really go above and beyond to make this place super special. The barn is always clean, the horses are well kept and cared for, and the staff is always pleasant. My family and I cannot say enough about PFP and what an amazing organization they run.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My son has been coming to Partners for Progress for over a year. He has shown tremendous improvement in many areas in such a short time that are noticeable to everyone. I am so impressed with the program and the staff is just as outstanding, as are the volunteers. I truly feel that this is a life changing organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Extremely professional and wonderful organization. Outstanding people with full support of all volunteers. A true blessing for their students and their families and we are proud to be able to participate. Always a highlight of my week.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Partners For Progress for almost a year. I am there several days a week and continue to be impressed by the organization, level of expertise and genuine caring and therapy provided to the clients they serve. This is an extraordinary well run organization. The therapists are careful, knowledgeable and have detailed therapeutic plans and goals for each and every client. In addition, the volunteers and their equine partners are treated with respect and appreciation. So happy to be a part of such a wonderful program.

Client Served

Rating: 4

My daughter is the client served and she has the most outstanding therapist here who is supportive and kind yet makes my daughter accountable for her actions and choices. Traditional therapy did not work as well for her. We have been coming for over 3 years but things constantly change to meet her growth and needs. My daughter never says she doesn't want to come even after all this time-she loves it!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started with PFP approximately 1 1/2 years ago as a volunteer/sidewalker. I was immediately impressed with the quality of their program, as I had been a volunteer in another program in Wyoming. The quality of PFP's facilities, horses, and therapists are what makes this program one-of-a-kind. Their dedication to the children and riders in the program are second to none. I personally have seen many children progress over the short time that I've been there, and I am honored to have been asked to join the board of directors to help with some of the behind the scenes fundraising. The dedication of everyone, from the director, to the newest volunteer, are what makes this program one of the best in the nation!