MARLEYS MISSION

Horses Healing Children

aka Marley's Mission Inc.   |   Scranton, PA   |  www.marleysmission.com

Mission

Marley's Mission, Inc. offers expertise in Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy for children and their families who have experienced trauma. Marley's Mission serves clients throughout 15 counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania.

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Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Gene Talerico Esq.

Main address

P.O.Box 505

Scranton, PA 18501 USA

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EIN

27-1458718

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Marley's Mission strives to rebuild hope, healing and trust for children who have experienced emotional trauma through equine-assisted psychotherapy.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Marley’s Mission employs a team approach to healing children who have experienced trauma.  The Treatment Team consists of a specially trained Trauma Therapist and an Equine Specialist.  The Treatment Team has been educated in an internationally recognized Equine-Assisted Therapy Model (EAP) developed by the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA).

Although most children, who visit Marley’s Mission will, when ready, saddle up and ride a horse led by an Equine Specialist, Marley’s Mission does not require children to ride or have previous experience with horses.  The focus of Marley’s Mission is to assist in healing.  Marley’s Mission does not teach traditional horsemanship nor does it provide recreational horse riding lessons.

Marley’s Mission is focused on what is referred to in the clinical field as the "groundwork”.  With the guidance of the Equine Specialist, the child engages with the horses in one of the three riding areas located on the Marley’s Mission property.  With the assistance of the Treatment Team, the child learns an alternative way of expressing his or her feelings.  This model encourages the child to engage with the Trauma Therapist in a less-clinical environment and allows the child to "project” his or her thoughts and concerns through the actions and cues of the horse.  As a result of this process, the child is able to break down barriers, learn to trust, and develop personal confidence.

This EAP Model is combined with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Therapeutic Play Therapy.

By providing these child victims with a less-threatening and non-clinical therapeutic environment, the hypothesis follows that EAP is grounded in the premise that it is easier for a child to "project” his/her feelings on an animal and the child’s self-esteem is buoyed by the animal’s faculty for supplying the child’s need for companionship and unconditional acceptance (Levinson, 1969; Karol, 2007).  Thus, it provides an effective treatment modality for children who have experienced trauma.

The use of EAP with children has a variety of beneficial results – mostly resulting from the relationship with a horse (Tucker, 1997). Children will translate caring for the animal into caring for self (Williams, 2004).  Conversation and socialization are stimulated as is self-esteem, loyalty, trust and respect (Roeth, 2004).  When a horse responds to a child’s request while being led or ridden, the horse subordinates power to the child and the therapist can observe, comment and instruct the child based upon the therapist’s observations (Roeth, 2004).

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Marley’s Mission is a non-profit organization that provides equine-based therapy free of charge to children, and their families, who have experienced trauma.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Marley’s Mission is a non-profit organization that provides equine-based therapy free of charge to children, and their families, who have experienced trauma.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Marley’s Mission is a non-profit organization that provides equine-based therapy free of charge to children, and their families, who have experienced trauma.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Best New Charity - USA 2011

Stay Classy.Org

Best Non Profit 2018

Scranton Times

Affiliations & memberships

Best new Charity StayClassy 2011

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Because of the pandemic our client count dropped significanly.

Total number of counseling sessions performed

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

Related Program

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The primary goal of Marley's Mission is to re-kindle a child's ability to be defined by their own potential rather than by the emotional trauma they have experienced.

The strategy employed by Marley's Mission to achieve its goals of hope and healing for children who have experienced emotional trauma is to provide cutting edge clinical programming at a state-of-the-art facility that allows children to problem-solve and build self-confidence by integrating horses into the clinical setting.

Marley's Mission has the capacity to provide equine-assisted psychotherapy for children who have experience emotional trauma of varying forms: grief/loss of loved one; medical trauma, trauma from abuse/neglect and symptoms of secondary post-traumatic stress disorder seen in a variety of circumstances including in the children of recently-deployed military families.

The most common improvement noted in children who receive care at the Mission is related to cognitive processing of their circumstance, motivation, and depressive symptoms

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys, Case management notes,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board of directors
as of 5/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Atty. Gene Talerico

Lackawanna County District Attorney's Office

Term: 2010 - 2021

Jody Cordaro

SCE Environmental

Gene Talerico

General Counsel, SCE Environmental Group

Justin Genzlinger

Financial Professional

Scott Prebich

Vice President, Commercial Loan Officer & Relationship Manager at F.N.B. Corporation

Bill Ruark

Meshoppen Stone

John Ellis Esq

Ufberg Law Offices

Ed Ciarimboli Esq.

Fellerman & Ciarimboli

Robert Neary

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • 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? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/09/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/09/2019

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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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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.