Dream Catcher of L.A. Therapeutic Riding Centers

aka Horses for Forces   |   Long Beach, CA   |  http://www.dreamcatcherla.com/

Mission

DCLA's mission is to improve the lives of children, adults, and veterans with cognitive, physical, and emotional disabilities through the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding and other equine-assisted activities, while serving the therapeutic riding profession through training and education. Dream Catcher of Los Angeles is located in an under-served neighborhood of Southern California in Long Beach at the edge of Carson. Its 80-plus students – veterans, adults, kids, at-risk teens – come from across Southern California. Our riders may be veterans returning home from war with PTSD or physical impairments, children and adults with cerebral palsy, autism, multiple sclerosis, Down's syndrome, Angelman syndrome, Traumatic Brain Injury, impaired hearing & vision, autism, ADHD.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Ms Joan Blank

Main address

P.O. Box 41501

Long Beach, CA 90853 USA

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EIN

26-4041070

NTEE code info

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

Other Recreation, Sports, or Leisure Activities N.E.C. (N99)

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

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Our programs

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Therapeutic ( Adaptive) Horseback Riding

Therapeutic Riding, a unique combination of sport, recreation, and education provides benefits to individuals with cognitive, physical, or psychological disabilities. All students gain confidence by mastering riding skills. Therapeutic riding focuses on forming a partnership with the horse. The horse’s gait closely emulates that of the human gait and allows the brain to practice correct walking movement patterns. Horses are very social animals. Social interactions are developed between the horse, therapist, instructors, volunteers, and other students.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Equine Assisted Learning (EAL), helps individuals better understand themselves and others through participating in activities with the horses and then discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. The debriefing process seeks to bridge the horse activities from the arena back to "real life," inviting people to reflect, generalize, and apply new insights. EAL can improve teamwork, problem-solving, leadership ability, effective communication, relationship, and enhance authenticity.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Equine Assisted Psychology (EAP), which involves a team consisting of a licensed clinical professional, a certified equine specialist, and a trained horse has been shown to be effective in treating a variety of mental health and human development needs such as behavioral issues, attention deficit disorder, substance abuse, eating disorders, abuse issues, depression, anxiety, anger management, conflict resolution, relationship problems and communications. EAP is experiential in nature. Participants learn about themselves by participating in activities with horses and then discussing feelings, behaviors and patterns.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Horses for Forces, which is offered at no charge to veterans, tailors equine-assisted activities and therapy programs to address issues faced by wounded and traumatized military personnel, while providing a supportive and therapeutic environment for families and loved ones.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

North American Riding for the Handicapped Association - Accreditation 2009

Affiliations & memberships

Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association 2010

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Dream Catcher of L.A. Therapeutic Riding Centers

Board of directors
as of 7/22/2021
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Board co-chair

Mr. Bernard Mandel

Lawyer/Accoutant

Term: 2017 - 2021


Board co-chair

Mr. Jay Silverstein

Dream Catcher of L.A. Therapeutic Riding Centers

Term: 2017 - 2021

Pam Schmidt

Former L.A. Public Council

Bernard Mandel

Lawyer/Accountant

Jay Silverstein

Sales

Joan Blank

Designer/Instructor

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/07/2021

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.