The Doves Guidance Program

aka Discovering Our Visions Through Equestrian Services   |   Lodi, CA   |  www.thedovesprogram.com

Mission

To give a special child a special experience, a time and place to remember.

With the use of equine and ranch activities along with family participation and support, it is our goal to help children of all ages and backgrounds to build trust, confidence and character. Encouraging each child to challenge themselves in ways that will develope them into caring and responsible adults.

Ruling year info

2009

Principal Officer

Gayle Oxford

Main address

13749 E Kettleman Ln

Lodi, CA 95240

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EIN

26-3251554

NTEE code info

Animal Protection and Welfare (includes Humane Societies and SPCAs) (D20)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Christian (X20)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Rescue Horses

When the opportunity comes, we will rescue a horse in need to rehibilitate for our youth program or to re-home if needed. We also accept donated horses form individuals that can no longer take care of them or that want to retire their older horses to our program.

Population(s) Served

Most children that are accepted into our program, ages 5 to 18, are at risk or have emotional, behavior or abuse issues.  These children are matched up with horses that have been rescured or donated and they are assigned a mentor volunteer that teaches the child how to care for their horse from grooming to feeding and they learn the basics of horsemanship and riding. During the child's session with their horse and mentor, they spend about 90 minutes each session working together on the ranch with the horses and other children. Children are encouraged by their mentor volunteer to challenge themselves each week to become better riders and to take inititive in making new friends and learning new skills. Although the children have one session per week riding, they are encouraged to come to the ranch as often as possible.

Population(s) Served

Our program is supported entirely by a volunteer staff. We have volunteers that help in all asspects of our program, from mentoring to ranch maintainence and administration. Our volunteers bring to our program many talents and abilities including horsemanship skills, writing and web-site design to gardening. Our volunteers give generously our of the love they have with working with children, horses or just being able to serve the community through our program.

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Financials

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The Doves Guidance Program

Board of directors
as of 6/7/2016
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Shannon R Oxford

CO Officer at the San Joaquin Co. Jail in Stockton, Ca.

Term: 2008 -


Board co-chair

Gayle L Oxford

Ranch manager, professional photographer (self-emplyed)

Term: 2008 -

Shannon Oxford CEO, Co-Founder

CO Officer at the San Joaquin Co Jail in Stockton, Ca.

Christina Patterson Board of Directior, advisor

no affiliation

Gayle Oxford Co-Founder, Sec/Tresurer

No Affilation