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Causes: Animal Protection & Welfare, Animals, Children & Youth, Education, Human Services, Youth Development Programs

Mission: Swan Center Outreach, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was established in 1999, for the purpose of rescuing abused and neglected animals; and educating the general public, about the spiritual and therapeutic value of a loving relationship with animals. We view animals as teachers, healers and friends, because they have a wonderful capacity for teaching us compassion, patience and tolerance; for healing the mind and the body; and for showing us how to love and be loved in return. Our Mission is to partner with horses and offer free and fee-based educational and therapeutic programs for children and adults, including those with physical and mental challenges; and to serve as a bridge from were you are in life to where you want to be. Our Vision for the Swan Center is that it will be viewed as a place, where people from all walks of life can turn to for peace, inspiration, acceptance, healing, love and kindness. ​ Our Core Values are: Serving others • Kindness • Compassion • Education • Fun ​

Target demographics: Children and adults, including individuals who are physically or mentally challenged. Anyone interested in learning more about horses and the role they can play as teachers, healers and friends.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 0ver 150 people interested in learning more about horses and the role they can play as teachers, healers and friends.

Geographic areas served: LA area

Programs: Volunteer Program This program is for volunteers who are interested in the role that horses can play as teachers, healers and friends.

Community Stories

156 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Courtney Van Den B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the best experience at the Swan Center. Ashely and Pana are so knowledgeable and kind hearted. I appreciate the time they took to teach me how to work with the horses and answer all my random questions. I also loved hearing the beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking stories of where the horses came from and how they found the Swan Center. It’s amazing to know they are all loved and well cared for now. I highly recommend volunteering at the Swan Center! You’ll enjoy the fresh air, gorgeous views and priceless one on one time with these magestic horses. Thank you Swan Center!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My daughter and I volunteered for the first time on Sunday, October 6th. I wish I found them earlier! What an amazing place to be! Warm-hearted people who care so much about horses and community. This will be a long term place for us to volunteer for sure. Wish I could come every day, but unfortunately my work schedule only allows me to be there on the weekends. I highly recommend Swan Center Outreach to all horse lovers and anyone who’s looking to give back to community and help out.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After visiting Swan Center with a special needs group, the loving ways these folks care for everyone and the animals brought me to tears. This is a very special place and I sure hope they continue taking care of our community the way they do. Thank you.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had to volunteer for school but this place is so fun I still like to go here and interact with the horses. My favorite horse is Nutmeg!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering here is the best ! You really get to work on a farm and get to know each horse. The owners and other volunteers are super nice and helpful. I volunteer weekly but would do much more if I could.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Desert Haven Enterprises first came into contact with Swan Center Outreach and the incredible team of Rose, Nancy, Ashley, and Panna back in July of 2019 and since that first day, it has truly been a magical place and incredible blessing for our individuals and trainers that regularly volunteer there two days per week. Our job trainers and individuals with special needs, thoroughly enjoy volunteering their time taking care of the horses and being educated about equine care by Nancy Turner. She is incredibly patient, kind, and knowledgeable about each and every horse and how to care for them.

Thank you Swan Center for providing the community with such a magical place.

Jeff Whiteford

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Swan Center has captured my heart with its lovely horses and the people who run the organization.

If you live in the L.A. area and want to meet some great animals, have fun, and work hard...then please consider volunteering here. It will make such a difference in your life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a young teenager in Germany, I rode horses and was “horse crazy.” My best friend and I were dropped off at the stables every Saturday morning by our parents, and we mucked and did chores all day long to earn riding time. As an adult, my path didn’t cross with horses again until I decided to do volunteer work, and I learned about Swan Center Outreach on a volunteer website.

I didn’t realize how much I’d missed interacting with horses until I visited SCO. From the moment I stepped on the property one year ago, I was smitten.

Horses possess a unique intellect, empathy and warmth that becomes evident the more you’re around them. I’m not exactly sure how they do it, but they make me feel calmer and more centered. They also make me want to be more patient and to take my time (which is saying a lot, as I am usually in a hurry).

These thirty rescued equine (28 horses, 1 pony and 1 silly donkey) have captured my heart. SCO’s staff and volunteers clearly adore these animals; I wish that all animals were as loved and nurtured as these animals are. The humans at SCO are pretty special, too… always willing to pass on information about horses and to make the chores fun.

Swan Center Outreach has enriched my life in ways that are difficult to put into words. I am thankful to spend time there, and I look forward every week to feeding and caring for the horses, interacting with them, and learning from them. I have made some wonderful human friends as well, so the last year has truly been a time of absolute gratitude.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the Swan Center Outreach for almost two years now. I initially came to “ the barn “ , as I call it, because I was looking for a way to spend some time with horses. I had no idea how much this was going to change my life! The Swan Center’s approach to caring for and handling horses is different from anything that I have ever been exposed to. I have learned so much , both about the horses and about myself! Everyone at the Swan Center is treated with the greatest respect and gratitude - animals and humans alike. We do a lot of hard work while also having a lot of fun. The barn has become my home away from home, and all of the staff and volunteers my second family.

Carolyn D.5

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach is wonderful! I have a chronic illness and it has been part of my healing path! I live closeby and found the Center by chance through a friend who volunteers there. It's just so peaceful and helpful to be out in the sunshine on the beautiful ranch with the horses. Everyone is supportive and great there also. I feel better when I go and I think it's an invaluable place for many people in various stages and forms of the healing and recovery.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been amazing to get to work with the horses. I'm getting to know all the horses and their unique personalities. It has really helped me with some of my own mental disabilities. Nancy has been such a blessing.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I came in contact with the Swan Center Outreach through my job with Desert Haven. We help developmentally disabled adults train for jobs in the community. We get the blessing of volunteering at the SCO. I have seen my consumers blossom. They absolutely love being able to help here. Nancy is AMAZING. My consumers love learning from her. She has taught us all how to halter and lead horses. How to measure out food for them, muck the horses stalls, groom them. It is the highlight of my guys week. We get to go on Tuesdays and Thursdays and that is all they can talk about. I have seen consumers that are quiet find their voice and be "the leader". They all love the one on one contact they get with the horses and of course the donkey. Nancy is so knowledgable and patient and a fantastic teacher. You can truly tell that she loves the horses. I have talked about it so much that my husband now comes with me on Sunday and volunteers with me. Each weekend we can't wait till we can see the horses together and spend some quality couple time helping out a great organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

After over 30 years of serving the community at large, the horses of Swan Center Outreach still continue to touch the lives, hearts and souls of those who interact with them! I am one of those "souls" whose life healed on so many levels. I will always be ever so grateful for the lessons of love, compassion, courage and humility these incredible horses taught me.
Please donate to this worthy cause.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A place where miracles do happen! Humans can learn compassion, patience, kindness and unconditional love. Where horses become our teachers, healers and friends! This was my first experience with horses at this level over 30 years ago. Please support this life changing organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a great place to volunteer! Living in the city you don't have much time for yourself. Volunteering here has brought mental ease on a busy week. I get to interact with horses and help maintain a clean home for them. These horses are super friendly and love being groomed and pampered. Im surprised at how well I have began to know the horse's habits in such little time volunteering. The staff is very attentive to their horses and volunteers like myself. This organization belongs on this site because it really is a GREAT nonprofit!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Swan Center is terrific! I take a group to volunteer there once a week and have seen great improvements in their work skills. My group has intellectual disabilities and require a lot of direction and attention. My group has improved in counting and measuring food for the horses. They love to groom the horses and talk to them. They do not mind getting down and dirty. My clients look forward to going once a week and helping the horses. The Swan Center staff is patient with giving us directions and showing us how to complete a task hands on! We love volunteering here!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Swan Center is such an amazing place, me and my group look forward to volunteering there each week. The people there are wonderful and lovely to work with. The love they have for the horses is truly inspiring. We have learned so much throughout our short time there and are very happy that we have the opportunity to volunteer here.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I was looking for possible places to volunteer, I ran across the Swan Center on an LA based volunteer site. I'm so grateful I did- I really resonated with the mission and all they stood for. This place has been an great experience to be a part of. From the amazing Rose who runs it all, to the incredible selfless staff-it really is such a place of healing,growth, self awareness, and contribution. The horses are incredible- such fantastic creatures of God and they are such fun to be around. I love the energy here- one of welcoming acceptance and connection to nature's most beautiful animals. I can not recommend the Swan Center more highly- it truly is a place that feels like home. Brian B.

Suzanne A.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am blessed I get to volunteer for this horse rescue but recently I was doubly blessed to work with (4) some would say mentally challenged guys but I say some of the sweetest, gentalist men I have ever met. I got to see the rescue through their eyes

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a high school student, I have volunteered with many organizations just for the sake of fulfilling volunteering requirements. When I discovered Swan Center Outreach, I expected a similar experience, but what I got was so much more. At the Swan Center you feel a direct connection to the work you are doing. It is easy to form bonds with the people, and Swan Center Outreach provides a fantastic sense of community. It is even easier to fall in love with the animals. The horses are extremely intelligent beings and teach not only of hard work and discipline, but also of the importance of empathy and confidence. I highly recommend the Swan Center to anyone seeking a truly heart warming experience.

donkey175

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer with the Swan Center for over a year now, and will probably be with them until I’m too old to sweep a barn. This organization emphasizes a healthy respect and love for all the animals and people it serves. The founders and staff (including the volunteers) work together to provide a safe and happy environment for the horses, and the horses are thriving. Even the old ones who can’t physically work as therapy animals are carefully tended to and treated with dignity. Most of these horses were rescued from bad situations where they were abused, neglected or both. They have been re-trained and treated with gentleness since they came to the Swan Center, and therefore are ready and willing to help with the therapy and growth opportunities the Center provides for individuals, businesses, and professional organizations. I can’t say enough about what the Swan Center gives to these horses and shares with the community. I have learned so much by being a part of it.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I heard of the Swan Center from my friend, Nancy Turner. I volunteered and really enjoyed my time. I helped prep the grain and hays for the horses and led them to their individual stalls.

That was my first time interacting with horses and they were very gentle. The experience was calming and relaxing. I plan on going back again. I’ve already told my friends about the organization and they plan on volunteering when time permits as well.

Why did I choose to volunteer? Mental wellness became an important factor for me in the recent years. I climbed the corporate ladder quickly in my 20s and neglected my mental wellness. I eventually crashed in my late 20s and that became something I focused on.

This organization is kids friendly too, if you have little ones. They are located just about 30-45 mins north of Los Angeles. A great way to disconnect from the busy city life for a while!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first came to Swan Center twenty years ago as a volunteer.over the years the many programs i have been involved in and the interaction with the animals and staff have truly enriched and changed me forever.I will continue to lend my support for as long as I am able
Bill C.

Leslie T.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Talk to the animals!
When someone said "animal communication" to me...I was immediately on board. After all, I had always talked to my dog, and imagined my dog's response. But the words were one-sided, mine. My dogs never said anything when they collectively decided to jump in the creek. They just went...How did that happen? Why didn't they invite me? Maybe they did and I just didn't "hear" it!
After studying the non-verbal communication of animals with Rose Ashley, I am more certain than ever that not only do animals "talk to us"; it is in a language far richer and deeper than words. Learning how this subtle communication happens, and watching the body language and reactions of the animals to me, and with each other has offered a wealth of information about how to effectively communicate with people in a way that is far more effective. My level of awareness about what is going on through their body language and response helps me frame my conversation so differently and with more intent and less reaction.
I am happy to report my relationships have improved ... all of them. Great stuff!

Sincerely,
"Plays in the Creek"


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Board Member

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach is a sanctuary for all who come together here. I get tremendous satisfaction when I leave the barn and can hear tails swish and happy munching. There is such a sense of peace. I know the horses have helped me far more than I have helped them. BTW Rowdy is a snuggler so if you've never been snuggled by a horse, it is a worthwhile experience.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Swan Center has changed my life . My relationship with animals have expanded in now I can see them as a mirror of what I am putting out there. Animal have become my teachers.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I cherish the time spent at the swan outreach center. A well run organization that has transformed rescue horses into beautifully trained animals. The horses in turn help transform you while you work with them. The spiritual growth that I have experienced in the last year has changed my life. Everyone needs to have the benefits of the swan center.

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Advisor

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach focuses on so much more than horses. They are building a community that helps people in their spiritual growth. The horses are the perfect mirrors for that. They don't have any filters and are amazing and compassionate creatures!

3 Bruno Alonso Cerpa R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The feeling I got when I visited the Swan center , is one of a place working for a future understanding of the importance of contact between man and animals in general , not just horses .
The benefits , regarding the understanding of our sensitivity and our empathy with others , are huge since the first hour you interact with those horses , because in so many ways they are like sensitive human beings and the Center teaches you how to use your energy in the accurate and addecuate way with them . In this interactions I happened to discover interesting things about myself that I use to this day .
If you are somebody that understands how important inner personal growth and understanding of oneself is for life , then you should participate of the Swan Center experience .
It can change your life .

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Swan center is magnificent. People who work there really love horses and try to do their best to save them. Horses began to trust people again and they began to understand horses. You have to go and see for yourself and realise how big this is, the bond between nature animals and humanity is special! Kids love this place, it fills them with the purest feelings and learning about horses make them want to come again. One thing is for sure, once you visited Swan center outreach, it will change the way you see things in your everyday life.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Swan Center is a great place fool of love. I am a valanter I go to help out.
I love that place the people are amazing and the energy is great. it is a very peaceful place.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The positive feedback we receive from each and every participant in our programs is spectacular and appreciated. We are always looking for new and better ways to support and serve our community. Thank you!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Witnessing the powerful, positive transformations so many children, young adults and adults have experienced over the years at the Swan Center Outreach ranch is much greater than words can describe. The smiles, laughter, happiness and joy so many gain from just one visit to the ranch is a sight to behold, and certainly touches my heart.

I would like to personally thank every volunteer for all their support!!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been a board member of Swan Center outreach for many years and have experienced their wonderful programs with our beautiful horses,. that we have rescued and saved from abuse. We have helped people of all ages gain knowledge about themselves by learning and riding and being part of our workshops with horses. I highly recommend these programs.

3 Dervin G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

How does one go about evaluating an organization that exists only for selfless love and serving those in need at the highest levels? that brings such a bright light and extreme positive balance into the world in these challenging times? I support its herds of Master life instructors the horses and their human partners with all my heart as well invite everyone to assist in this celebration of happiness!

That's Eeyore in the photograph, the Swan Center's miniature donkey and maximal ambassador of affection! ❤️

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Former staff

Rating: 5

So excited about the horses moving to a warmer, lower altitude as almost all of them were born and lived the major part of their lives closer to sea level. I'm certain this will be great for the health of the aging herd cared for by Master Rose Ashley who taught all of us everything we know about horses, their inner life and care. [As a result of that acquaintance with these miraculous souls even though a city slicker I became their farrier for over ten years in North Georgia]

We have loved Colorado and deeply appreciated the many many happy volunteers and excited program participants throughout the 20yrs in Georgia now 10 in Silverthorne. Of course it's always hard to say goodbye but I don't believe in those anyway. California is a state in crisis that needs a lot of love right now and our next step is to bring all of ours to serve in that beautiful place. Looking forward to seeing your lovely faces and uplifting hearts once again now out on the sunny rolling hills of Southern California.

I can't wait to come out myself!

Best to all,
Dervin Gilbert
Charlotte, North Carolina
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Volunteer

Rating: 1

These people are great at hooking you financially through their "love" and then they rip your heart out. I have no money so I worked as much as humanly possible to return the money I did not have. There were people that had money that weren't even allowed to say good bye to the horse they loved, and when asked to say good bye, they were turned away. What kind of love is that?

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SCO5 03/28/2018

Rose Longhill had to leave Summit County suddenly, in the summer of 2014, to stay with her daughter in California, due to high altitude issues, compounded by the fact that she has MS. John Longhill was executive director of Outreach, and remained in Summit County with the Outreach horses, where he oversaw operations, until he resigned in September of 2015. John filed for a divorce from Rose in the same month. He later notified the Outreach Board of Directors that the horses needed to be removed from the ranch he leased, by January of 2016. The Board decided to move the horses to California, so Rose could oversee their care. John is still living in Summit County, and has a horse rescue of his own at the same location.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As an avid equestrian and a person who has loved and handled horses all my life, I was a bit naive as to what my Swan Center workshop would offer me. However from the onset of my day, I discovered how I projected myself in the world and the true impact of my thoughts actions on myself and the world around me. Thru interactions with the horses and the leaders of the class I discovered avenues to better communicate with myself and others to create positive outcomes. Swan Center workshops offers tools based on co-operation, respect and fun .
The Swan Center is an asset to the community and to all the furry friends in it too !!
Jeanine Winborn

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Donor

Rating: 5

Many times in life we yearn for acceptance, love, and peace. Swan Center Outreach is the one place to gain all three and more. The horses are the greatest healers and after interacting with them, you are at peace. The volunteers and staff and warm, helpful and loving. Swan Center Outreach is a beacon for those in need. At one time, I was one of those people in need, now all I can do is thank God for leading me to this wonderful organization. I guarantee you will leave happier than you arrived!

4 CaliforniaSwan

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach is a safe haven for people and animals. It is a place to experience the joy of learning about yourself, your energy and how it affects others. It is a place for amazing animals and people to come together and love and support one another.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach has been loving and caring for animals since 1987. All decisions regarding our animals are made with their best interests at heart. We are going to great lengths to ensure the best quality transportation and care for our animals on the road. The life threatening health issue of one of our founders has caused us to relocate out of the high altitude of Colorado. We feel strongly that our animals (some who are older) will fair much better in the sunny state of California. We are interested in continuing the spiritual focus of our organization and as such felt that the move to California would be in the best interest of our animals as well as our organization. We have appreciated all of the volunteers in Colorado and hope that your lives were changed for the better as a result of supporting our organization! Thank you for all your efforts!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was an amazing experience, I learn how to connect myself with the horses. if you are an actor or an artist I would totally encourage you to try it, as an actor I found the whole program really helpful, because I worked a lot with energy in terms to guide and lead the horse which I later apply in my career. The enviroment and the people made it even better, they made me feel secure and brave, I totally recommend this place.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach and Swan Center for Intuitive Living has provided me with the confidence and wisdom I needed to pursuit my goals in life as well as the inner peace and discipline to stay focused and committed. I am deeply and completely grateful and consider myself very lucky to know that such an inspiring place exists and that I have had the opportunity to be a part of it.

7 Paul203

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have over 15+ years as a volunteer with the Swan Center and I can say unequivocally that being involved as a volunteer was truly life changing and enlightening. Many others that I know who have been involved have maintained life-long connections with other members and all I can say is do yourself a favor-you won't regret it!

Paul Lemal

5 Toodles

Board Member

Rating: 5

It is sad to have some people think that all they did was not appreciated because it was deeply; every volunteer, for every single hour they spent, for every donation made, those not there in person, were grateful beyond words. The person who wrote the programs, who rescued the horses and who loves them deeply could not survive in the altitude any longer. The horses and the loving way they have been handled will continue teaching children and adults in a climate kinder to their advancing years. Things change, people change, but never the love and care the Swan Center has for their charges both two legged and four legged.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Wow! Hard to believe, twenty-five years ago I was mucking the stalls of rescued horses and volunteering my help with their life changing programs. Now I'm a Board Member of Swan Center Outreach and my love and admiration for this organization for all it accomplishes for individuals and the community it serves, continues to grow. One visit is all it takes for anyone to fall in love with this very special organization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I Have worked at this horrible organization for many years helping the horse's and this beautiful ranch. I have basically turned my cheek to all the common criminal activity's throughout my time at the ranch because I wanted to help this organization out. But in time I found out that the ringleader(Master Rose ) who ran this organization is nothing more than a professional con artist. I feel really sorry for the kids and all the volunteers that have put their heart an soul and worked very hard to be only in the end treated like dirt and kicked in the face by these people. Now that they are almost out of Colorado they will be in California preying and suckering in new people into this organization that have know idea what will happen to them. Please do not help them especially with any money. When they come looking stay far away.





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SCO5 03/28/2018

Rose Longhill had to leave Summit County suddenly, in the summer of 2014, to stay with her daughter in California, due to high altitude issues, compounded by the fact that she has MS. John Longhill was executive director of Outreach, and remained in Summit County with the Outreach horses, where he oversaw operations, until he resigned in September of 2015. John filed for a divorce from Rose in the same month. He later notified the Outreach Board of Directors that the horses needed to be removed from the ranch he leased, by January of 2016. The Board decided to move the horses to California, so Rose could oversee their care. John is still living in Summit County, and has a horse rescue of his own at the same location.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was a dedicated volunteer for four years at the Swan Center in Silverthorne, winter, spring, summer, and fall. Although i loved the ranch and the animals, I never subscribed to the 'spiritual' aspect of this bogus organization, and never was shown a shred of gratitude for the time, energy, love, and yes, foolishly, money, i gave. The alleged leaders, 'Master Ashley' and 'Master Rose' have not shown up at the ranch for well over a year -neither EVER mucked stalls, or dug barn doors out of the snow, or picked ice from the horses' hooves. They micro-managed from Malibu, and drove a succession of wonderful caretakers away with their unreasonable demands and lack of gratitude. When the decision was made to move the horses, the non-cult-member volunteers were banned from the ranch. We never got a chance to say goodbye to our beloved charges. I wish the horses, especially Patches and King and Dakota, (and goats and sheep and camelids) well, but I hope those of you reading this do not give money to this self-serving non-profit. Ask to look at their books. Ask to look at their programs. Ask to talk to those of us who actually did the work at their ranch.

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SCO5 03/28/2018

Ashley Longhill (never referred to as Master) left Summit County in 2011 to attend college. She only came home, during school breaks. Rose Longhill had to leave, in the summer of 2014, due to high altitude issues, compounded by the fact that she has Multiple Sclerosis. If the person writing this review had truly been at the ranch for years, they would have understood why Ashley and Rose were not there. John Longhill remained in Summit County to oversee Outreach. He resigned in September of 2015 and filed for a divorce from Rose in the same month. He later notified the SCO Board of Directors that the horses needed to be removed from the ranch he leased, by January of 2016. The Board decided to move the horses to California, so Rose could oversee their care. Rose’s cell number was always posted at the ranch. She never received a request from anyone asking to see the horses.SCO’s financial records are posted on Guidestar.

11 Sherry10

Donor

Rating: 5

As a volunteer it is my understanding that due to the desire to maintain the spiritual focus of the programs with the horses and in addition to serious health challenges faced by one of the founders, the board decided a move to California would be conducive to the well-being of the horses and people involved.

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Donor

Rating: 5

While I have observed Swan Center Outreach for a number of years in addition to participating in their trail rides, Leadership programs and Riding Intuitively workshop, I am always amazed with the outcomes and experiences of other participants. Their focus is on training the general public including children about the value of a relationship with animals especially one with horses. While this sounds fairly straight forward, the fact that they incorporate horses that may have come from abusive situations, were rescued and rehabilitated to the point where they offer their own lessons of recovery. Children and adults facing a health or family crisis often identify with the animals and can see a path of hope for themselves, which makes the programs priceless. To learn more, watch this short You Tube video - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YaGljbNUvx4

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This organization is taking the horses out of Summit County and breaking children's hearts without regard to anyone's feelings. Do not support this organization.

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SCO5 03/28/2018

Rose Longhill had to leave Summit County suddenly, in the summer of 2014, to stay with her daughter in California, due to high altitude issues, compounded by the fact that she has Multiple Sclerosis. John Longhill was executive director of Outreach, and remained in Summit County with the Outreach horses, where he oversaw operations, until he resigned in September of 2015. John filed for a divorce from Rose in the same month. He later notified the Outreach Board of Directors that the horses needed to be removed from the ranch he leased, by January of 2016. The Board decided to move the horses to California, so Rose could oversee their care. John is still living in Summit County, and has a horse rescue of his own at the same location.

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SCO5 03/28/2018

Rose Longhill had to leave Summit County suddenly, in the summer of 2014, to stay with her daughter in California, due to high altitude issues, compounded by the fact that she has Multiple Sclerosis. John Longhill was executive director of Outreach, and remained in Summit County with the Outreach horses, where he oversaw operations, until he resigned in September of 2015. John filed for a divorce from Rose in the same month. He later notified the Outreach Board of Directors that the horses needed to be removed from the ranch he leased, by January of 2016. The Board decided to move the horses to California, so Rose could oversee their care. John is still living in Summit County, and has a horse rescue of his own at the same location.

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

Please do not give any money to this organization. They moved to Colorado from Georgia 8 years ago and have some of the most dedicated and amazing volunteers in Colorado. People who have given their free time and financial assistance to support the animals and programs. Then they CHANGE. No one is allowed near the horses and they now have a post that they need money to move the horses to CA. The horses are currently on a beautiful ranch with lots of acreage and beautiful fields. They did have lots of love from the volunteers until they restricted anyone from seeing them. They have broken the hearts of the volunteers and especially the kids that have fallen in love with these majestic animals. Many of the horses are quite old and may be so stressed from another big move that they may not make it. Don't get involved with this organization unless you want your heart broken and wallet emptied.

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SCO5 03/28/2018

Rose Longhill had to leave Summit County suddenly, in the summer of 2014, to stay with her daughter in California, due to high altitude issues, compounded by the fact that she has Multiple Sclerosis. John Longhill was executive director of Outreach, and remained in Summit County with the Outreach horses, where he oversaw operations, until he resigned in September of 2015. John filed for a divorce from Rose in the same month. He later notified the Outreach Board of Directors that the horses needed to be removed from the ranch he leased, by January of 2016. The Board decided to move the horses to California, so Rose could oversee their care. John is still living in Summit County, and has a horse rescue of his own at the same location.

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Rating: 1

The Swan Center Outreach Inc. is simply a cult in my opinion. Any positive review you may read is written by one of the cult members dictated by the cult leaders. I had been a volunteer and recognized this outfit immediately as a cult. You need to hide your wallets and run like hell!

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SCO5 03/28/2018

Swan Center Outreach is a 501c3 non-profit and non-denominational organization. It was originally housed at the Swan Center for Intuitive Living monastery, in Marble Hill, Ga. The monastery closed its doors in 2004. SCO and animals moved to Colorado, where it remained, until January of 2016. Rose and John Longhill served as the directors of SCO. In the summer of 2014, Rose had to leave Colorado and move to a lower altitude, due to chronic altitude sickness, compounded by the fact that she has Multiple Sclerosis. John continued overseeing SCO, until September of 2015, when he resigned his position and filed for a divorce from Rose. John notified the SCO Board, that the SCO animals had to be removed from the ranch he leased, by January of 2016. The Board members decided to move the horses to California, so that Rose could oversee their care. Reviews written by board members of the Swan Center for intuitive Living are clearly defined as such.

6 nancyspears1

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Rating: 5

Operating a non-profit is a really tough job. Coming from a large corporate environment, it has been eye-opening for me to see the directors of this organization doing such a broad range of tasks themselves without big staffs of specialists to delegate to. They work incredibly hard for almost no compensation except their love of helping people and animals.

It amazes me how they can find time to do fundraising, without which the programs and horses would not survive, and still conduct the life-altering classes for children, adults, and people with special needs.

Even though I am no longer physically able to help with the ranch, I have found great satisfaction in helping with some of the many behind-the-scenes tasks that any business - for profit or non-profit - needs to do in order to operate. I believe in the cause and am always impressed with the results.

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Rating: 5

It is amazing how many lives are touched -- animals and people -- by the Swan Center Outreach organization. I have been volunteering for 2 years, and I have learned so much, and met wonderful people who are an inspiration to me.

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Rating: 5

Hi, I have been a long time volunteer for Swan Center Outreach. I have seen the transformations in many people through their experiences there. I am always warmed to see the children make such amazing strides with confidence and joy. There was no place I would rather bring my own child than there. Rose and John Longhill have long offered a place of safety, kindness and fun for so many children.

My daughter has been diagnosed ASD (autism spectrum disorder) for those of you familiar with the many challenges our children face, it is often difficult to find somewhere uplifting that we can go as a family for a successful outing that can accommodate her particular needs, not the least of which is an overwhelming fear of new situations. And that's what we all want as parents isn't it? A happy successful outing that offers memorable experiences and growth?

After seeing the thousands of children and animals nurtured and cared for over the years on this particular day it was my kid. My very special, very wonderful kid on horseback who had been "cleared to trot". As she rounded the judges stand with a grin from ear to ear, being sure we were watching, she continued her pass to join the others. Such confidence, such grace, such accomplishment I could not contain my emotion.

School has started again and carries it's own challenges but they don't seem so insurmountable anymore, I mean after all, "If I can ride a horse, I can do that!"

So come out to the Swan Center Outreach ranch, get a little dirty, love a few animals and let them love you back. Bring home your own successful outing and the incredible happiness that goes along with it.

LT-Iowa

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Rating: 5

I have seen many lives positively changed, and many children transformed, through the programs of Swan Center Outreach. By teaching children and adults how to have a successful relationship with rescued animals and in particular, horses, participants come away with experiences and information that translate into greater success in their every day lives. Confidence, compassion, intuitive decision making, a better awareness of how they are effecting the world around them - these life skills are invaluable at any age, but most vital to nurture in our children.

The training classes offered are a hands on education in horse and animal behavior, leadership skills and animal communication, that prepare one to become a volunteer. The cares and worries of everyday life can easily melt away for volunteers as they gain skill in training, feeding and caring for the animals. Most develop a close bond with one or more of the special animals at Swan Center Outreach.

Kids of all ages can throw their arms around their favorite horse, feed them carrots, lovingly groom them, and get to experience a trail ride or lesson with their four legged best friend in exchange for their hard work. I often hear conversations or see connections between a child or adult and a horse, that are clearly a healing experience for both. The Swan Center Outreach slogan -" Animals as Teachers, Healers and Friends" is demonstrated over and over in this special place where kindness, safety and fun are the focus.


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Rating: 5

This wonderful and unique non profit focuses on uplifting, healing and educating, with wonderful programs that partner rescued horses and other animals with children and adults. I have had many incredible experiences personally, as well as witnessing many hundreds of people share this opportunity. It is truly a privilege to volunteer at Swan Center Outreach!

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5 Dervin

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Rating: 5

So happy to have learned about this site to be able give back a little of what was received in abundance. Having volunteered several days in all kinds of weather at the Swan Center's Ranch, the love and care received was wonderful from both the gentle guidance of the staff and in interactions with the lovely creatures who reside there.

We learned that animals communicate with their energy in addition to the more well-known outer methods and that by interacting with them in this safe environment my communications have now become more effective in the world. There are horses, llamas, an alpaca, sheep, goats and a delightful miniature donkey (yup named Eeyore). Each of these creatures has its own unique personality and all are a delight with whom to build a relationship!

As this is a nonprofit here's hoping that anyone reading this will consider making a visit to volunteer and consider donating regularly for its upkeep. All volunteers are gently and thoroughly trained for the safety and optimal benefit of everyone involved. Even now on days when things may seem to be less than cheerful in my little world a visit in my mind to interactions with the staff, animal residents and beautiful experiences there help to gradually calm my thoughts opening my heart once again!

Thank you and best regards to all,
Dervin Gilbert
www.800casting/24593

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Volunteer

Rating: 1

I was really excited about moving to the area and learning this Outreach existed. I have been a supporter of another outreach in Oregon, except I never get to volunteer in person because I have lived in Colorado for 15+ years.

My childhood was saved by horses, so I greatly support the idea of horses helping kids and adults. I will happily support any organization that actually does this, but after volunteering at Swan Center on numerous occasions, I have grown to learn that this organization is not what it purports to be.

The "programs" they boast of don't exist or rarely occur. They believe their round pen demonstrations are good enough to show they are trying. The horses are rescues from abusive situations where no one, even horse rescues, refuse to take them in. I commend them for this, however, they keep adding horses to their herd and will never rehome them no matter how good the situation would be for the horse.

Some of their beliefs are dangerous, in my opinion, because children are mislead to believe that they are safe horses because they have been "fixed". If the horses were to leave, they might become unfixed. Remember before sending your child here, some of these horses were very dangerous upon arrival. I have seen children do some very dangerous things around the horses under the false comfort that the "knowledgeable" staff will keep them safe with their energy. I have heard a child talk about how when one of the adult staff turned their backs, a horse kicked them, but only because the energy suddenly turned negative and it wasn't anyone's fault. Horse safety should always be number one and they need to do a better job in explaining this to their volunteers, and that horses are flight animals and while shouldn't be blamed for their actions, pretending they won't or couldn't hurt us if we have the right, positive energy is asking for a disaster to happen.

Another issue I have with the horses is the condition in which they live. Many horses are lame (the staff will not admit that means they are in pain) and limp and barely walk noticeably. Some are skinny and desperately need some extra care, many of their hooves are in such rough shape they are grown out long enough to start turning up at the ends. I was given an explanation for this, but am choosing not to post it since I think it will look as though I am biased against their beliefs. I think everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, but when it hurts animals, I have to question the logic behind it.

The biggest problem I have with the place isn't the safety, or even the conditions of some of the animals, but the false promises offered. It's brilliant, really, to have people volunteer their time and donate money to an organization that is committed to hoarding animals, giving so-so, meaningless demonstrations to prove they are actually doing something as an organization, and they get free labor and free payment to keep their horses. Who wouldn't want someone to pay for their hobby?

There are other rescues in the area who do have programs, rehome horses and make a difference in the horses and humans lives. If your child desires to be around horses and you cannot afford the expense of lessons or everything else that is involved with owning or leasing a horse, please consider volunteering at another rescue. Your child will likely have more opportunities to learn about these amazing creatures and feel like they are making a bigger difference when they see a sad, unwanted or abused horse find a forever home with people that love it and choose to take responsibility for it, not just one couple who saw an opportunity to manipulate children into taking care of their own horses.



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SCO5 03/28/2018

Swan Center Outreach is a horse sanctuary. Horses are given a forever home, and are trained to partner with us in offering life-changing programs. We have an excellent safety record. We absolutely never told a child that a horse was safe at all times, or that we would protect them with our energy. Our horses were never refused by other rescues. We were asked to give them sanctuary, because of special circumstances. John is a certified farrier, so the horses received regular hoof care. We did house a horse with an arthritic limp, who belonged to our local vet. Her care was highly supervised. None of our horses were underfed. Every horse received grain, & specialized supplements on a daily basis We grew our own hay & always had a surplus. If a horse was ever thin, it was either a new arrival, or being treated for illness. SCO is not anyone’s hobby. We have consistently offered our programs for over 30 years, which has required hard work and tireless efforts on the part of all involved.

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I started volunteering at the Swan Center in May of this year after attending some of their community fundraising events. The ranch is an amazing place! No cell service or internet service, so is a place for peace and inner reflection. The animals are incredible and the relationships that develop between the people and the animals is a wonderful thing to watch. This non profit is a true family. Everyone that I have met through the Swan Center has been amazing and so patient. I have not been around horses since I was a child and was a bit "scared" to interact with the horses. Over the past few months my confidence level has increased and it is my favorite place to be! I have watched the change in both adults and children in one day at the volunteer training classes and the wonder and confidence level in the kids after one week at a "camp" at the ranch. I love the Swan Center!!

8 JPappas

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Rating: 5

I began volunteering at the Swan Center Outreach because my daughter, who was having extensive emotional issues, has a deep passion for horses. A passion we in no way could afford. I took her to the Swan Center because of her love for horses setting aside my absolute terror of the beautiful creatures. The Swan Center Outreach, John, Rose and Ashley Longhill along with Nancy Turner and countless other wonderful people helped me overcome my fear of these beautiful animals in addition to helping my daughter believe in herself. She's growing into a beautiful, confident young lady in addition to an experienced horse handler because of all the help and love they've given her. The Swan Center is our happy place and when times get tough, and there have been tough times, their love and support has helped us through those situations. They are strong, loving, intelligent and positive people and the Swan Center is heaven on earth!

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Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Swan Center Outreach this past summer, both at the animal rescue center and their supporting resale shop, Horse Cents, in nearby Silverthorne. I enjoyed both so much, I went almost daily to help out one or the other. This charity is touching the lives of so many - both human and animals - in so many ways. John and Rose are delightful and the staff and other, more seasoned volunteers could not be more supportive and encouraging to those who are just learning the ropes. Although we do not live permanently in Colorado, I can not wait to return to assist them again. Swan Center Outreach gets five stars from me!

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Volunteering at the Swan Center Outreach opened up a life perspective that was elusive to me. The amazing connection between the rescued horses and us humans is something I wish I'd been able to experience years ago. I've learned to "think like a horse" and have come to understand what an enormous amount of volunteer time has to be in place to keep up with Swan's commitment to the community. To see firsthand what an impact the horses (and llamas, sheep, goats and Eyore the donkey) have on individuals who benefit from the Center leaves me with the feeling that there is good in this world.

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Rating: 5

What a wonderful place to be able to bring your kids to volunteer, and show them what it means to help an animal, and themselves, and teaches them leadership skills at the same time. Swan center also provided us with training before we were able to volunteer with the animals. It can be a wonderful family volunteer experience, that my children enjoy going to. Not to mention, the beautiful surroundings!!

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Rating: 5

Swan mountain is an organization that is truly selfless with staff, volunteers, and supporters giving of themselves time after time for the education of others and the good of the animals.

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Donor

Rating: 5

When a person finds the reason GOD created them and embraces it fully, you have something of rare and powerful beauty. The Longhills were designed to rescue these majestic beauties. I'm so thankful for people like them, and hope thier important work continues for all time. True inspiration!

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Rating: 4

In trying to decide where to donate, I look for many things. One that is most important is the selflessness of the people involved. They do what they can with what they have to make something work. Swan Center takes an idea, makes it work and then they continue to make it better.
Not only does this benefit the animals and the people that are there for the programs but for the volunteers as well. It is a place where people of all ages can learn how to be a volunteer. My grand kids love it and will become good philanthropists as a result.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

We engaged the Swan Center Outreach to conduct a leadership day for our Talent Management team on a beautiful summer day in the Rockies. The soul of the property, the animals, and the staff met us upon arrival and stayed with us throughout the day. We have taken lessons from that day and incorporated them into our Programs that we offer to our leadership teams across the company. We thank the Swan Center for everything they do for the animals, our community, and the environment.

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Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at the Swan Center for over two years now and the feeling I get when I am out there is just amazing. The ranch is beautiful with all these wonderful animals who teach me every day to be a better person. Learning leadership skills to all is very rewarding and watching young kids handling a large horse with confidence is just an incredible thing to watch. I just can't imagine my life without the Swan center I love being there!

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Rating: 5

Swan Center has made a huge difference in my life. The leadership makes every volunteer feel appreciated for every thing they do. I started volunteering with my 8 year old son to expose him to some of the work Swan Center does with kids and horses. I found we both got a lot more out of our experience than I ever expected. It has been a true blessing. The volunteer program training is amazing, teaching leadership and communication skills that we can use in our lives every day. This is an amazing place with still more potential.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach is the most amazing organization I have volunteered for. They teach leadership skills to adults and children through hands on work with rescued horses and small animals. I tell everyone I can to take time to be apart of this wonderful organization.

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I have worked for nonprofits most of my career. I am now a volunteer at Swan Center and it is truly an outstanding organization. I am so impressed by the individual love and care each animal receives. Volunteers are taught to provide good care as well as how to respect and train the animals. It is an opportunity to learn about oneself as well as the animals. I love the way the animals are loved!

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Rating: 5

Swan Center outreach does such a great job for the community by working with rescue animals as well as people who need interaction with nature and animals. It's a beautiful setting, great folks, and they make volunteering fun.

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I have been involved with the Swan Center Outreach for almost two years. The training for volunteers is excellent, the care of the animals is outstanding, and the programs offered to children and adults are invaluable. Volunteering at this ranch is an enriching experience, it provides confidence, leadership and communication skills.

The animals are awesome!! All instructors and lead feeders are skilled and patient, a wonderful place to be.

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The Swan Center Outreach is an amazing organization. Not only does it shelter and care for 32 wonderful horses [and some other fun animals too} it extends it's programs to adults and children, including handicapped and disadvantage youth, and provides them with leadership skills and confidence.

I have never spent time on a ranch or with horses. From my very first training class to the guidance of the experienced horse handlers on my volunteer days, I experienced exceptional professionalism. Imagine a rookie like me, being considered a horse handler! I have learned a lot about horses, and a lot about myself. A volunteer day at this beautiful ranch is a great day.