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!
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.
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.
Review from Guidestar
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
"Plays in the Creek"
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 .
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.
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.
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!
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!!
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.
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! ❤️
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,
Charlotte, North Carolina
Review from Guidestar
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?
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.
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 !!
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!
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.
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!
Review from Guidestar
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.