Using Family fun days for veterans to scout new "money making" recruits.
A good war story sells and makes them money!
In the beginning, after attending my 1st veteran's retreat, I wouldn't have hesitated and would have given this organization a 5 star review. On the other hand, I can't and I'll further explain. After attending many veteran's retreats, at least 5; and while working on my own personal Issues from combat, I was approached by the staff and asked to speak at 2 separate fundraiseres, Do interviews with the news, a commercial and so on...all while promoting the veteran's program at the farm and how the funds would be used accordingly; FOR VETERANS.."Absolutely I will, I can help raise money to be able to help as many men and women veterans as possible.", The program seemed on the up and up..Until it wasn't...
We were successful in raising quite a bit of money, however very little if any at all was given back to the veteran population and the veteran program it was intended for. It went unnoticed until a personal friend raised an exact number( no need to specify amount) to be put specifically toward funding the next 3 day combat veterans retreat. Warrior Mission at Ease ( Equine assisted self exploration) was supposed to be the recipient of that money and simply put ,it was not...they [ raised funds] were allocated into the " Barn Maintence" and "farm materials and costs". I completely understand there are costs to running a working farm, I get it; However using alcohol and veteran's at your fundraising events as a monetary gain and then canceling the retreats meant for those that raised the money, us veterans, is disgusting. I was advised by another staff member to be cautious and do my research before I made a large donation ; I urge you to be cautious as well and do your research.
NEVER TRUST QLF! I have never been treated so poorly before in my life. QLF completely used me and then tried to bury me when they were done.
This place makes you feel like family from the moment you arrive. They take exceptional care of the horses, riders and staff. It's anyone's home away from home.
Review from Guidestar
Everyone who visits Quantum Leap Farm falls in love with this amazing nonprofit organization.
As a volunteer, I've had the opportunity to meet hundreds of clients who have expressed how they and their families have benefited from the therapeutic sessions at the farm. The founder, staff, board members, volunteers and therapy animals, all work together, putting their heart and soul into creating a healing environment for pediatric cancer patients, military veterans, and individuals with a wide-variety of physical and mental impairments.
Truly a gift to the Tampa Bay area that is helping young and old alike.
Quantum Leap Farm, a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000, is nationally recognized equestrian program serving injured and disabled civilian adults and children, military service members and their families. We are able to provide these services only through the generous support of our local community and individuals like you.
Since 2003 I have been volunteering each week with Quantum Leap Farm. Over the years I have witnessed first hand the amazing relationships that are made between horse and client and also QLF staff members/volunteers and our clients. So many times the "I can't" becomes "Look what I did".
I especially enjoying working with the war veterans that come from our local V.A. Hospital in Tampa. The wounds of war are often invisible, and I think that the bonding with horses helps to facilitate the healing process of any depression, anxiety or PTSD injuries. The Family fun days put on for military families are always a good time. What a nice way to say thank you for serving our country.
Quantum Leap Farm provides equine physical therapy to the disabled both physically and emotionally. Quantum Leap is among only a handful of facilities that provides equine physical therapy and emotional therapy via horses to our Veterans. The facility is clean, calming and serene. It promotes a feeling of calmness and joy in watching the farm animals and wildlife.
Review from Guidestar