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STAT Inc. (Southern Tier Alternative Therapies)

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Causes: Children & Youth, Health, Health Care, Mental Health, Mental Health Treatment, Rehabilitative Care, Youth Development - Agricultural

Mission: Facilitating alternative & animal assisted therapies to promote and enhance the health and quality of life for individuals with special needs and other vulnerable populations The Ligonier Therapeutic Center opened in August 2016. We offer mental health services and outpatient occupational, physical, and speech therapy. We can also individualized therapeutic and outcome-based programming for children and adults with special needs or emotional challenges. We can offer services to: >at risk youth (trauma, addiction, adjudicated, out of home placement, residential treatment, foster, PTSD, and numerous emotional and behavioral challenges) >disabled children, children with autism, cerebral palsy, neuro deficits, paralysis, spina bifida, down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, and many more. >veterans suffering with physical or emotional trauma >people in addiction recovery, residential or PAP We utilize horses as our therapy tool, a unique and innovative approach that proves rapid results. Many of our programs are measured using tools/instruments via self test questionnaires

Results: 2016-2019: capital campaign with a goal to raise $1M 2016: added restroom facilities 2017: purchased 137 acres of prime farm land for use by STAT - Pleasant Meadow Farm. Future location of 200 x 120 indoor arena and leasable space for mental and physical health practices 2018: constructing 60' diameter covered/enclosed round pen at 24 Stom Road property

Target demographics: people with disabilities and emotional challenges achieve an improved quality of life - using horses to heal

Direct beneficiaries per year: 6000

Geographic areas served: Ligonier, PA and surrounding counties contiguous to Westmoreland, PA

Programs: outpatient occupational, physical and speech therapy for disabled individuals programs for veterans programs for at risk teens EAGALA certified team: Catherine Markosky (ES), Amanda Orvosh, MA, LPC, NCC, CCTP (MH/ES), Chuck McClanahan (ES), Allison Bednash, LBS (MH)

Community Stories

28 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Adelphoi Village developed a relationship with STAT Inc. during the Spring and Summer months of 2018. The program offered equine therapy to a group of six females, aged 12-18, over the summer months. Catherine and her staff members were excellent to work with. She provided tours of the facility and an experiential learning day for administrators of Adelphoi Village, which allowed us to make an informed decision to utilize the services. All of the females that participated in the program brought with them traumatic past events which impacted their present condition. By participating in the program, they were able to deal effectively with this trauma by receiving a non traditional therapeutic intervention. Above all, Catherine's passion to help the girls in the program was the greatest selling point of all. From the first time we met as an agency with her, it was evident that she believed in what she was doing and that she was certain she could make an impact with the girls. It was an easy decision to allow the girls from our programs to participate in this service. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is considering an implementation of equine therapy.

1 Alyssia A.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

STAT has wholeheartedly provided a platform for practioners, like myself, to make our dreams of utilizing horses to heal a reality. Through STAT I have met amazing families, dedicated volunteers, and other practioners who are consumed with providing a positive change in people's lives. STAT is the real deal and their desire to provide help, change, and healing is contagious. STAT's story is just begining and I am so blessed to be a part of it ❤

2 Deanna DeLeon H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Amazing people with an unbelievable story! I met Kat about 8 years ago and her strength just amazed me. She empowered me in so many ways and she didn’t even know she did.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been apart of this amazing origination for a long time and have attended a few events as a volunteer. I love being apart of the STAT family as there is no better feeling than working with the beautiful kids they help and seeing the smiles on their faces

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the amazing opportunity to work the summerfest, I was in awe and truly touched by what this organization stands for. The whole day was filled with love and hope!

1 Kathleen Rupp L.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

STAT is an amazing facility that provides incredible therapy opportunities to so many children and adults in our community. Surrounded in endless natural beauty, it provides the perfect setting for healing, growing, learning and discovery to take place.... and the horses there are super cute too! Quite simply, STAT is love. ♥️

1 Tracey Knight S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have no words that explain the magic that happens at STAT. They have made me want to be a better person. I have never seen so much unconditional love and support from a person in all my life. Cat is truly an inspiration to everyone.

1 Carrie B.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

STAT Inc. is an amazing nonprofit that is built from the ground in heart. We are dedicated to the well-being of all of our clients on various levels of healing. We are professional in all areas, and have more compassion than any other organization that I have come across! It is why I am on-board! I am very pleased with our mission and our ability to stay determined with clear vision and purpose as we are achieving goals for others!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Cat and the gang are great hosts and top-tier trainers. It's not easy to find such a combination of knowledge, commitment, and warmth in one spot. Highly recommended!

1 Debbie S.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is Hope's 3rd summer at Ligonier Theraputic Center. What a wonderful place! Hope is really showing improvement in her fine motor skills, not to mention her social skills. We are always greeted with a warm welcome and her therapy sessions are tailored just for her! Everyone is so friendly and focused on the kiddos!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As volunteers at the annual Summerfest, we have great respect for the mission of STAT Inc. and the tireless effort being made to heal with horses.

As horse lovers and riders, who's children grew up riding and working with horses, we have seen the benefits of interacting with horses. It can be a tender and enchanting and awesome experience for children and adults of all ages.

Horses are noble and have quiet strength that inspires and elevates the human spirit. STAT Inc. knows that people can grow in their confidence and all of good things that can happen when people care for horses, walk with them, ride them or just touch them.

The STAT vision requires funding for a well designed and well maintained facility. There must be a committed volunteer infrastructure, on-going staff training and tireless, unending effort to help physically, emotionally, and mentally challenged children, teens and adults, and their families.

We are glad that STAT Inc. is healing with horses.

Marcia & Ray Speicher

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This place has given me more opportunities to grow and learn than I could have ever imagined! You are able to see immediate results and changes in the clients. It is truly an enriching and once in a life time experience as a volunteer to see how these horses can change peoples lives both mentally and physically. Catherine and Mike the owners/managers are amazing people who welcome anyone with open arms. I would recommend this place to anyone interested in their therapies. It is wonderful.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Trinity Presbyterian Church has recently created a mission team in the last few years called the Lignt Mission Team. Volunteering through mission work and our High School Sunday School class we have grown to know STAT in the past few years. A great organization providing therapy through horses and smiles! We cannot wait to come back again!

1 Benjamin H.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

My twin girls have cerebral palsy and been with STAT for over a year now. They absolutely love the experience they have there. They are excited to ride and visit the horses, and "play" with all the great people who are part of their therapy. They both have gained a lot of core strength and confidence. STAT is full of truly caring individuals, my wife and I could not be happier.

1 Debra62

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I'm a substitute volunteer, mostly filling in during the summer when I'm off work from teaching. As a teacher, I observe how much growth the children have through this program and I am amazed! As a horse lover, I am happy to see the horses having a meaningful impact on so many riders, their families and the people who work/volunteer in the program. I also donate to the program when I am able - a very worthwhile cause!! I spread the word about the wonders of STAT to everyone I know.

1 Sandy86

Volunteer

Rating: 5

STAT provides wonderful opportunities for children with a range of disabilities to grow and heal while enjoying the connection and movement of horses. I have volunteered at Fargnoli Farms for 3 years and the changes and growth I have seen in our children is astounding. We have had children come who were non-verbal and are now speaking in sentences. Some who come timid of the horses and learn quickly they are safe and riding and working with horses is fun. How about one little one who had never had a conversation with Dad but after a couple of rides told him about her visit to the farm. Little ones who have difficulty sitting up but with the loving guidance of volunteers and the movement of patient horses can hold themselves upright for some of their ride. Teens who comment how much they miss their time at the farm when they can't be there. As a volunteer I am blessed to involved with such a loving, caring group of people making a difference in our lives, the children and their families. This is an amazing nonprofit with amazing results.

TPEDROSO

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

STAT HAS BEEN A VITAL SUPPORT FOR PROGRAMS IN OUR LOCAL COMMUNITY. MANY SPEVIAL NEEDS INDIVIDUALS WOULD NOT BEABLE TO EXPERIENCE THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF EQUINE WITHOUT THIS TERRIFTIC GROUP OF PEOPLE . WE HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH THEM FROM THE BEGTINNING AND HOPE TO CONTINUE OUR RELATIONSHIP FOR MANY YEARS TO COME

Previous Stories

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

over the past 5 years STAT has helped many individuals experience the wonderful world of equine. without the dedication of the STAT board and community members this program would not be available to many special needs families in our community. Stat offers scholarships for individuals to participate in adaptive riding and hippotherapy as well as other programs. Stat serves many different diagnosis and offers many diverse programs to individuals. they are affiliated with other community organization that help promote the wonderful opportunities here in Broome and surrounding counties. without stat there would be no other non for profit to offer this terrific entity to our special needs community. Thanks STAT

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I started to volunteer with the STAT Program at Fargnoli Farms in February 2012. I saw a story in a local weekly newspaper, The Tioga Courier, telling about the program and Linda Fargnoli. Linda opens her farm up to this program twice a week. The story talked about the need for volunteers for the STAT Program and what the volunteers need to do, keeping the children safe with no experience needed regarding horses. I had started taking lessons to learn to ride horses a year or so before, as in my 50's decided it was something I wanted to do. I love horses. I happen to love children. Seemed like a good mix to me. I started working with a pony names Snowy and a little boy named Evan. We had a team of 3; one to lead the pony, two people to sidewalk and make sure that little boy was safe. We also were to interact with our rider. In the beginning, Evan was reserved but seemed to be happy to be there. Dougie and Mrs. H. were the sidewalkers and Evan was very comfortable with Mrs. H. as he knew her from school. After a bit, we all became more comfortable with each other. We would be silly, sing, play different games that Linda would set up such as ring toss from the pony's back, find little plastic animals placed around outside, or throw rocks in the creek.

Mrs. H. left us but helped with finding another volunteer, Bernadette. We also started using a bigger horse. Evan seemed to get a little bored with the pony and it was felt that he may need more movement. Evan's sense of balance improved greatly. He is very happy to come every week. He interacts and is happy to see his team and his horse, Floozie. Evan loves the cats, chickens and ducks on the farm. He is particularly fond on the cats. Evan has learned to rein around barrels at a walk, turn Floozie in a circle and recently even rode at a trot. The biggest step for me in working with Evan is that he will walk with me and hold my hand or he has walked arm and arm with me. He now will air blow Floozie a kiss at the end of his ride.

I have also recruited a family friend, Dave, to help with sidewalking and recently added my husband, Ronald to our fun Saturday mornings as a volunteer, too. Linda Fargnoli will thank me for coming and it is like THANK YOU. I get so much out of this program, maybe more than Evan. Love everyone there and Linda has a big heart and caring for this program.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My son Evan was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 5 yrs old. He is considered "high functioning". We had heard great things about "STAT" from other parents of Evan's class mates at school.
What a blessing! The changes in Evan were very suttle but quite evident as time as progressed! I had no clue what this would do, but I was willing to try anything. I have seen wonderful changes in Evan. I have also observed changes in the other children that ride when Evan ride and it is just remarkable!
STAT is just funominal for these kids and without this program I have no idea where they would be. I am certain that Evan would not be where he is today with out the help of STAT!
From one very greatful mother!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering here for over a year now and it has been one of the best experiences of my life. Watching the kids improve so much has been a real treat. They do so many good things here and it really is amazing. Anyone can benefit from this, not just the children. The parents and the volunteers alike are taught things as well. It really is an awesome program.