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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

21 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.

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!