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Review for National Vietnam War Museum Inc, Weatherford, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am the sister of one of the founders of this wonderful museum. It has gone from a dream to "boots on the ground" reality through a dedicated group of volunteers. Currently the Friends of the Museum are in a capital campaign to get the actual building built. As I write this review they are just $750,000 short of having phase one constructed. The museum is dedicated to telling future generations what it was like during the Vietnam Era -- military, civilian, USA, North and South Vietnam... The traveling exhibits that have been shown in the past few years are awesome - not telling you what to think, but giving you the facts and letting you decide how it felt and lessons that can be learned for the future. The Museum has carefully, wisely and judiciously spent their donations. Built within a few miles of one of the main military bases active in the Vietnam effort, it's a great place to come see The Wall (permanent replica), view the Camp Holloway wall, and much much more.

Role:  General Member of the Public
 

Review for Dream Catcher Stables Inc, Spring, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Catching Life’s Real Dreams

Picture the aura when an angry youth currently taking a negative life path realizes he is doing so because he was outside playing when his mother died. For six long years he blamed himself for her death. At Dream Catcher Stables he finally opened his thoughts in the presence of his father. They both began to heal.
Answer the phone and hear a mother say, “Can we come back? Because of you my son can walk. (Eight years had passed since I first met the family.) Later they wrote a review which I quote in part here with minor spelling and punctuation changes
“… We are so blessed growing with this program. Dream Catchers is absolutely a genuine non-profit program that help the disabled grow, build faith, patience, and inspire not to give up - everyone has a purpose in life. The program is fun and exciting. My son enjoyed and also my family watching the progress. …”
Receive a note that says in part “because of this program I am no longer in [mental] hospitals.”

Coaching a person with traumatic brain injury to learn to ride and watching year after year as the awards are usually last place, until one year when his world IS IN ORDER, he wins not one but two first place awards. A fluke? No. He did it again the next year.

For nearly 30 years I have been teaching youth and now also adults with disabilities to ride and care for horses. Establishing three different organizations during that time, today I devote my volunteer efforts (and money) to Dream Catcher Stables, Inc www.dreamcatcherstables.org. With the mission: “ To provide a place in perpetuity...” last year Dream Catcher Stables took the first steps to a major capital campaign which will do just that – provide a permanent home for the program.

Retired I now get to follow my passion and impart that passion to others. With nine loving horses and a group of dedicated volunteers, at 72 this all-volunteer public charity gives me a reason to get up every day. My duties include feeding, cleaning stalls, teaching lessons, and untold hours of administrative and fundraising efforts.

Though I will never know just how many lives I have truly touched I can tell you that families now interact with their member with a disability in more public ways because they have seen the capabilities that abound. Youth with disabilities mature into goal oriented adults capable of helping themselves and their community.

Recent reviews give a glimpse of the warm, fuzzy feelings of accomplishment that I have every day because of Dream Catcher Stables, Inc.

“I have seen this organization grow from a grass field to a professional organization that helps children of all ages and backgrounds. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. I have watched children's lives become more fulfilling and watched them come alive in this therapy! I have seen a kid headed down the wrong path turn around when he won a belt buckle! I believe this was the 1st time in his life anyone cared and it was all due to Dream Catchers! Hours and hours have been put in by volunteers. This is a very happy place, very kind and very educational program! “
“My son was in his first rodeo thanks to Sanna and Dream Catcher Stables. He had the time of his life and loves looking at his trophies and reminiscing about his next rodeo.”
“…My Dream for her is to live as independently as possible and Dream Catchers will have played a very important part in that.” Through horses, this young person with Down syndrome now is an integral part of her school’s cheerleading squad.
“My son has Autism and was having a lot of problems in school. When Sanna Roling, the President, of Dream Catcher's Stables Inc., heard about our sons problems, she informed my husband and I about her program. We are very grateful for her, her vision of Dream Catcher Stables, and the volunteers that come out each week to assist the riders. She services individuals both children and adults with physical and mental disabilities and truly cares about each rider and their families. She doesn't turn anyone away and is very professional. We are so glad that we heard about this program. She puts 100% of the donations into her program and isn't looking for a profit like so many other therapy programs. Our son looks forward to riding the horses and seeing Mrs. Roling. He is learning a lot from being in her program.” More importantly, he went from being a major challenge for his schoolteachers to being a model student.
I keeping with the legacy of my parents, I have definitely found a place where I can be useful and leave this world a better place for having been here.

Role:  General Member of the Public
 

Review for GuideStar, Williamsburg, VA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

For me, GuideStar is a place that I can show the world what my charity is. More importantly, GuideStar is a go-to source for information on reputable causes and foundations. This non-profit collects and provides information which will greatly assist the non-profit sector and it's donors assuring all of reputable, transparent compliance with charitable rules. If you have not visited GuideStar.org, take a moment, check out your favorite charity, state, or city. Help the world be a better place for everyone.

Role:  Client Served
 

Review for Dream Catcher Stables Inc, Spring, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

As the President, Founder, and Lead Instructor, I continue to be amazed at the results attained. In the beginning, I believe that self esteem and physical issues would improve. What I've discovered is that families, not just persons with disabilities, are enriched. Volunteers learn to accept and treat persons with disabilities as people with possibilities. Most recently I had the opportunity to provide place where a paraplegic with horsemanship knowledge could come and be independent -- on the ground and on the horse. You just had to be there for this one. My athlete/volunteer groomed my horses and then rode proving once again that people who daily move around on wheels are just like people who walk on two legs. To think that the whole picture was viewed by a youth completing adjudicated community service.

As a Special Educator by profession, this program shows all of the time that inclusion rather than exclusion is appropriate.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Dream Catcher Stables Inc, Spring, TX, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Believing in the power of people. I set out to establish an organization where people with disabilities could be included in the real world. What happened was beyond my ability to dream as people from all walks of life and all ages began to understand each other. Before my eyes the magic of inclusion happened. Stigmas have been removed and people are people

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

*students with disabilities succeeding scholastically, *students at risk of dropping out are "dropping back in" because of the community service component of this organization *families are healing *schools are becoming safer places

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would get them a tractor to maintain their property, then find enough money to be able to create a real office and classroom so that their program could expand to it's full potential, and reward their volunteers approximately 20 of whom give over 100 hours each year in this all volunteer public charity.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

Have the funding capability to support their entire planned program.

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I continue with this organization because it continues to teach me how to be a better educator and person through real life experiences.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Indescribably warm and fuzzy.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Role:  Volunteer & I teach persons with disabilities to ride and care for horses.