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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

136 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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 .

1

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.

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.

1

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!

2

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.

1

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.

2

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.

2

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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Board Member

Rating: 5

Swan Center Outreach partners incredibly trained rescued horses with humans serving the L.A. metropolitan area. A safe, fun and loving environment for adults, children and families. Businesses and corporations alike are welcomed for a unique Team Building experience with horses on the ground!!!
Very proud and humbled to have been a part of this life changing organization for over 30 years! Come play with the horses!!!

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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
www.800casting.com/24593

Review from Guidestar

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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

4

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.

7

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.