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Strides to Success Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Animal-Related, Animals, Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Children & Youth, Human Services, Mental Health, Mental Health & Crisis Intervention, Youth Development - Agricultural

Mission: Strides To Success, Inc. is dedicated to providing unique learning opportunities that strengthen and develop lives. Both children and adults are served by partnering with horses that teach valuable life skills.

Target demographics: both children and adults overcome lifes challenges

Direct beneficiaries per year: 225 participants

Geographic areas served: Central Indiana

Programs: Veterans, KID coaching, animal assisted therapy for trauma, depression and personal growth

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with Strides for Success has been extremely positive and enlightening. I attended an E.A.L. workshop that was empowering, interactive and educational for everyone who participated. People came from all different levels of experience and various backgrounds, yet they all left with an enhanced knowledge base and inspired to pursue their personal and professional goals. I have been in the EAAT industry for over 30 years while incorporating core values into my EAAT work and I still felt like I took away many golden nuggets from the workshop I attended this year.

Shawna Willis O.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have attended several workshops at Strides and they all have been very educational and informative. The instructors are knowledge, down to earth and very dedicated to their work. They have always been available for further questions or consultation after the workshops. My workplace also did a team building exercise with our management group and was a great experience for all! The facility is beautiful and very well maintained. A little piece of hidden paradise near a big city.

Carol M.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have followed and been mentored by the excellence and expertise that Strides To Success has created and shared over the past 10 years. Their professionalim in the field has created a strong foundation of knowledge and practical application in my work as an Equine Assisted Learning facilitator and Life Coach...at Ravenheart Farms Equine-Assisted Learning Centre and Retreat. Our library contains the majority of their resouces and material. Excellent for working with groups, schools, and the Indigenous people.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I attended Strides after losing my husband to an auto accident. Initially it was about the grief and became more about my relationship with my son. The work with "Rocky" taught me more about myself and how to better communicate with my son through patience and persistence and knowing when to apply pressure and knowing when to back off. My hope is through grants this program could be offered to other grieving families.

Becky116

Client Served

Rating: 5

My family has had first hand experience with this organization and it is wonderful. I would recommend it to anyone with ptsd, trauma or just life altering events that you might need help dealing with. They treat you like family.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with Strides and witnessed the amazing work they do. Beautiful place with wonderful staff (and horses!).

Client Served

Rating: 5

Strides has helped both of my kids through a very tough time. I am so thankful for everyone there. It's the cleanest barn I have ever seen..

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This agency is fantastic. As a social worker, I send kids to this agency in order to receive a whole new perspective on coping skills and how to handle stressful situations at home. They not only work with the kids but the parents too. I can't say enough great things about it. When regular therapy doesn't help, this will. It also works well in conjunction with the typical therapy. They help kids build patience, self esteem, coping skills, responsibility, and it is something for them to look forward to weekly.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Strides to Success is a place where great things happen through the healing nature of horses. I've witnessed veterans describing their stories of PTSD and how hopeless they felt, burdened with the scars from their service to our country. I've heard their stories of healing through working with the therapists, counselors and the horses at Strides. They describe how they see themselves, mirrored in the actions and behaviors of the horses. As they build trust with the horses, they learn how to trust humans again. These soldiers are able to break down the tall, mental walls built to protect them during war times so they can live normal lives again. The staff at Strides works tirelessly to give back to those who have given to our country. The counselors, therapists and staff demonstrate kindness, compassion, empathy and understanding to these brave and broken souls. They build them up by giving them the tools and strategies needed to transition back into civilian life. The veterans learn how to form bonds with family and friends that were broken and never healed. The STRIDES they make through coming to this facility are miraculous. Hearing these men and women tell their stories of SUCCESS is truly amazing. I'm honored to be an advocate for this organization and am so proud of the work that happens here!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Strides to Success is an amazing place. They are the top of their field and have the heart to match. The staff at Strides goes the extra mile to help anyone who asks.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a great program. I had the honor of speaking with some of the people who have been through the program. Their stories were heart touching.

Client Served

Rating: 5

We have an adopted daughter with attachment issues. I learned so many parenting skills from working with the horses! Our daughter is learning how to regulate her emotions and gain leadership skills. We absolutely love Strides, the people and the horses! They really care about us and treat us like family. They have changed our lives!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Horses are such amazing creatures! Jodie Mitchell has been quoted, "In their eyes shine stars of wisdom and courage to guide men to heaven." So, that alone is powerful. But then add to that the great talent and caring hearts of the staff at Strides and you have a recipe for wonderful transitions!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

From the first time I walked into Strides I knew I was some place special. To hear the passion in the directors voice when discussing the mission of Strides, to the look of determination on the barn managers face. As a volunteer, I have witnessed nothing but a positive, compationate, caring and safe atmosphere. They truly invest the time into each client lesson to receive the ultimate result and a lot of smiles.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a very interactive participant at Strides, I have gotten the pleasure of watching other volunteers consider this place the highlight of their week or day. I've also genuinely enjoyed watching the lives changed through the work that is done here at Strides. Something that makes Strides different is the fact they don't run off of a cookie cutter curriculum. They specialize what work they do for the individual. Therefore you are not just a part of a statistic, you as a person are cherished for your particular need and the staff take the time to find what will work best for you. When I walk into Strides I automatically feel at home and at peace. We operate as a family and there is no other place I would choose to spend my free time! I love this place and wish more people could experience the feelings I feel due to this place.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I admire the diversity of services that Strides offers. People bring personal challenges to the expert staff and they customize programs that meet individuals needs. The level of expertise is amazing and brings forth life changes for so many! Awesome!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As an intern, I have learned a great deal from this organization. This facility is very clean and put together, it is the cleanest barn I've ever seen. The place is calm and soothing, which is why I look forward to going everyday. Another thing I look forward to is the people, everyone there are very welcoming and truly do care about you. Anyone that walks through the door is welcomed with open arms and the people care to help you with whatever you need. I highly suggest this facility.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ing organization is truly impacting lives not only of the children youth and adults they serve but by training other leaders in the industry to apply sound business practices, to be problem solvers and to strive to be the best! This genuine staff has created a safe place for others to come and be vulnerable, learn about self and others and to leave changes by the horses and the staff! LOVE THEM!

Connie72

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This program provides a unique and powerful experience that breaks down barriers. Bonding with horses through building trust-based relationships is the key difference to equine experiential learning.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We have attended several trainings at Strides To Success and they have always showed us the most respect and also have been willing to share information to help me gain better knowledge in this field of work. They are always quick to respond when I email or call on them for advice.