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Rose of Sharon Equestrian School Inc

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Nonprofit Overview

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

Mission: Rose of Sharon is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults challenged by disability. ROSES provides experiential learning opportunities which draw upon the therapeutic potential of the horse-human bond to facilitate change, growth, and healing. Additionally, ROSES seeks a leadership role in the field of equine-assisted activities by partnering with academic and medical researchers to demonstrate the efficacy of therapeutic horsemanship programs; and by cooperating with members of Maryland's horse industry to provide vocational training for entry-level workers.

Results: ROSES has been serving students with disabilities for 15 years. The skills learned at the stable continue to effectively transfer to the students' lives in school, at home, and throughout the community at-large.

Target demographics: students with disabilities

Direct beneficiaries per year: 100

Geographic areas served: Baltimore County, Baltimore City, Surrounding areas

Programs: equine-facilitated learning

Community Stories

108 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ROSES is one of those places that you go to for the first time and feel like you belong there. Joan is absolutely doing what she was born to do, and has created an amazing organization to showcase her passion. All of the volunteers are committed people who genuinely care about both the horses and the clients. Speaking of... the horses at ROSES are all so different, yet all serve such a specific purpose for the program. One of the best things about ROSES is that the environment and atmosphere in the barn creates a very welcoming and safe places for both the horses and the students to freely reveal their individual personalities. If you are already involved, thank you! And if you aren't, then you should be!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Volunteering at ROSES has been one of the best experiences of my life. The horses are all so sweet, yes, even the minis sometimes, and I know how much te kids love coming out there. It really is a great program that does a lot of good for the community and the kids whose lives it touches. Everytime I go out there, it puts my life in perspective and allows me to not only help myself, but more importantly help others. It is a truly remarkable thing they've got going on.

Sallys

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rose of Sharon is a win win. The children are given opportunities to succeed in so many ways while the horses and ponies, many old and with varied health issues, are provided amazing care by Joan and her staff. If you love children and animals, this is the nonprofit for you. They couldn't be more deserving.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A wonderful organization that helps children with physical and emotional challenges feel empowered by connecting with horses. The immaculately maintained barn is home to a variety of horses and ponies with the very important job of teaching these special children things that could never be taught in a classroom.
I love the fact that Joan Twining, the director and owner, has combined her expertise to benefit children while providing a home and new lease on life to the barn full of horses and ponies that she lovingly cares for.
It is truly amazing to see the connection between the children and horses!!



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Former staff

Rating: 5

ROSES is a wonderful place! Joan and the volunteers love what they do and it shows! The horses are well taken care of and the horses thoroughly enjoy spending time with the students. I miss ROSES every day and wish I still lived in MD!

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering at Rose of Sharon Equestrian School since May of last year. Because of my work schedule, I am not able to make it out while the students are there, but I can assure you that they are in the best hands. The horses are so gentle and the staff/crew of volunteers could not be more amazing. I recently joined the Board of Directors because I believe in this organization so much and want to do as much as possible to help them succeed. ROSES has changed my life and I cannot wait to be part of their future!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rose Of Sharon Equestrian School is an excellent facility where both humans and animals benefit. The school has an extremely calming, healing atmosphere and magic happens there. It definitely is a Great Nonprofit!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Brooks Taylor and I am a Vocational Program assistant at a school that is provided services from rose of Sharon. First Joan and her assistants are fantastic people who truly care about the students success and they really are tuned in to the special needs of our children. With my school being a behavioral school their have been many situations in which I thought there was no way some of our students would benefit from attending the horse farm. Every time I thought this I was proven wrong. It is amazing to see kids who normally can not sit in a class room with other children, or has trouble dealing with animals, trouble with doing work, and etc... come to this program and shine so bright. Sometimes just because a student was able to attend Rose of Sharon they were able to make even more progress back in the school environment. This is because of the many skills they learn at the horse farm. Responsibility, team work, staying calm, caring for animals and other people, all these things are taught and absorbed like a sponge by even our most difficult students and has positively impacted our students lives. We could not be more grateful for Rose of Sharon program, Joan and all her help!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School is truly unique and amazing. The school is set up to accommodate children with severe behavioral problems, which is a very difficult population with which to work. Traditional equestrian activities, such as grooming or feeding the horses, are adapted to help students fully participate. The skills that the children are gaining in this program can be generalized to school and home.

It is clear that Joan and her volunteers whole-heartedly love what they are doing. They are making a difference in children's lives that cannot adequately be expressed in words. I am beyond grateful that my students have had the opportunity to participate in this program.

Dawn124

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School is an amazingly happy, fun, exciting place where lives are changed in the most positive ways!

Through interaction with loving and knowledgeable staff and, of course, beautiful horses, therapeutic riding creates bonds and improves lives - no other "therapy" compares!

Client Served

Rating: 5

We took our students to the farm and the experience was great. The staff was helpful and everything was organized and we were able to work on skills relevant to the student goals. There were a number of activities that I believe benefitted our students in a variety of ways. Students also enjoyed working with the staff and seeing the animals. I highly recommend the Rose of Sharon Equestrian School for students of all ages who have special needs. It was an outstanding and unique experience for students and staff and we look forward to our next trip.

GW

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ROSES is a wonderful school. I've had some experience with therapeutic riding programs, and ROSES exceeds them all. The curriculum is well thought out and holistic in its approach, the horses are very well trained and cared for, and the volunteers, volunteer coordinator and owner are welcoming and passionate about their work.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is my 3rd school year volunteering at Roses. Each year I become more financially committed and more time committed. I help out by working in the barn, taking care of the horses and working with the students. 2015 means more commitment as we all work forward to learning about and training the minis to pull a cart as well as getting Stella, the horse more involved in lessons. It is a very exciting time at Roses. I hope anyone reading this will consider joining us and helping out. Janet Knox, volunteer

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This will be my 3rd year volunteering at ROSES. Each year my commitment to the organization grows with more time spent helping-out as well as increasing my financial giving. That is because ROSES is a wonderful therapeutic riding program with dedicated and caring people who believe in the sanctity of life both human and animal.

To anyone reading this, I encourage you also to volunteer at Roses. You won't be sorry. There is plenty to do. You will feel welcomed and have patient as well as expert instruction. Joan Twining and her critters are the best.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Rose of Sharon is definitely the best nonprofit I have ever volunteered for. The program is very well-organized and the horses are given extremely good care. The other volunteers and the supervisors are friendly and devoted. It is not uncommon to stay extra time after a volunteering shift just because we don't want to leave!

Darlene18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I got involved with Rose of Sharon through the purchase of a horse I sold, Stella, who is now in their program. Joan Twinning is an exceptionally diverse woman with extensive knowledge of horses and horse care. I got the opportunity of visiting Rose of Sharon when I delivered Stella to Rose of Sharon. The operation is amazing.... well thought out with every detail addressed. Although I didn't get to meet any of the students, there was a flow of positive energy that filled this operation. Joan and her staff are certainly the roots that make this operation so wonderful and successful.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first visited Rose of Sharon and met Joan two years ago when I moved from Texas. Having owned a ranch in Texas with horses and longhorns, I was looking for a place to be with horses again. I was immediately impressed with the care the horses receive at Roses. Joan does a great job taking care of the horses and preparing for lessons with the children. Due to my work schedule I can only volunteer on weekends but would love to do more. I am very grateful for my friendship with Joan. Rose of Sharon is a blessing to our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have know Joan my many years now and will always admire her amazing determination to make ROSES the vision she always imagined it would be. Through the hurdles that a nonprofit can go through, she focuses on the people she has touched in so many ways and the horses that are part of her soul. In the 9 years I have been involved it has grown into an even more amazing place with the gorgeous new arena. I never thought that day I walked into the barn to just volunteer once a week with one little boy, that Joan, the horses and all of the people I have met along the way have changed my life. At a time where I needed so much, this place gave me more than I ever imagined! The open arms of ROSES is always a place I know I can go to feel peace and appreciation.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am in my third year of being employed with ROSES and I am so thankful that I found this organization. It has given me a new appreciation to families that face the challenges of having a child with special needs. Having a place like ROSES for their children to be a part of is so important. They are able to care for and ride horses in a safe place and learn skills they can not learn in a classroom. Being a part of the daily care of the horses, teaching the students and everything in between gives me such a feeling of accomplishment that I am proud to help ROSES continue to strive for the goals such as finishing the construction of the indoor arena so that more children can benefit from such an awesome experience!

Ila C.

Donor

Rating: 5

As a donor to any charity, I like to know first hand the organizational structure, skill set, efficiency and passion of the administrators. I do not donate to charities that have heavy over-head costs and over-paid management. Roses definitely meets my criteria of fiscal responsibility and compassionate service to an under-served group of children. My husband and I contribute funds to Rose of Sharon with high confidence that resources will be utilized with maximum impact in delivering service to the special needs children fortunate enough to be introducedrecru to Rose of Sharon.
Joan is the heart and soul of Roses, and her husband Randy is the muscle and strength of Roses. Together and with the support of many volunteers, they have built an incredible facility that provides a valuable service to children of special needs and to our community.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My experience with Rose was truly amazing. I run a program for students with special needs and my students had the great pleasure of attending Joan's program for many sessions. From the first day I meet Joan I knew her program was a good fit for all student young and old. Her organization is run professionally and with great care and compassion for the horses and the clients. Joan takes great care to ensure that all have a good experience on the farm. She worked with my staff to set up individual programming for students that needed extra planning and support. The horses themselves have special needs and this too makes it a special place to be. I highly recommend it!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

When I had the opportunity to volunteer at ROSES it brought such joy and fulfilment being part of such an amazing program. I loved being able to experience things through the students eyes. Watching them overcome their fears and accomplish their goals was extremely rewarding. Joan was the most inspiring person to work with and learn from. Her love for the horses and her students was a part of everything she did for the program. My volunteer experience went far beyond my expectations when we were invited to a talent show at the student's school. I cried through the entire show because I was so overwhelmed with pride at the confidence the performers had in themselves. I believe ROSES played a part in that by allowing them to discover skills and feel proud of themselves by caring for the horses.

lisar1

Client Served

Rating: 5

ROSES is home.
The horses will always be my daughter's special siblings, and there is no place on earth that offers serenity to all like ROSES.
Joan has done so much for so many, and is a true blessing to all.

Thank you.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School has been providing many gifts to my daughter for many years. She has learned compassion, patience, endurance, structure in addition to how to care for and ride horses. Joan Twining and her staff/volunteers ensure that each child has an experience that is wonderfully unique and well suited for them. It is a safe, structured environment with a breathtakingly beautiful facility and location. How lucky are we that we have found such a wonderful place!

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Board Member

Rating: 5

a great non profit organization that was started more than 11 yr ago. Primary focus is providing basic horsemanship skills to persons with disabilities;primarily those on the autism spectrum. Through a grassroot approach they were able to build a wonderful indoor arena that was designed for the needs of those with sensory processing issues. It truly demonstrates how it puts the ability in disability; for the participants and the equine partners.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Roses is built with passion: for the persons/kids we serve,for the horses that are our staff;for the volunteers that provide their time and energy to make changes in the lives of the clients we serve. the executive director takes no salary as the program is building; her salary is the positive changes she sees in the clients we serve. We live for the day that weather is no barrier to providing the services that make our clients blossom . Once our indoor arean is complete we will be able to serve so many more and the changes that evolve will touch so many lives in such a positive way.