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ROSE OF SHARON EQUESTRIAN SCHOOL INC

Providing a stable place in a challenging world (Registered US Trademark)

aka ROSES   |   Glen Arm, MD   |  www.roseofsharonschool.org

Mission

Rose of Sharon is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities. ROSES provides 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.

Notes from the nonprofit

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship, International: Member in Good Standing \nMaryland Association of Non-Profits: Member in Good Standing\nMaryland Horse Discovery Center: Member in Good Standing

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Joan Marie Twining MS Ed

Occupational Therapist

Dr. Jessica Jane Rilee OTD, OTR/L

Main address

PO Box 156

Glen Arm, MD 21057 USA

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EIN

31-1596944

NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Regardless of the disability, many individuals with special needs experience social isolation and lack of purposeful engagement in their lives. Rose of Sharon Equestrian School seeks to measurably improve the quality of life within this population by providing structured learning experiences and evidence-based therapeutic interventions in partnership with second-career horses who have demonstrated a proclivity toward meaningful human-horse interactions.

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?

Therapeutic Horsemanship via Equine-Facilitated Learning and Services

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School (ROSES) provides programs in therapeutic horsemanship and learning for individuals with disabilities, seniors with dementia and their caregivers, volunteer opportunities for retirees, service learning projects for students in middle and high school, internships for university students, remediation classes for at-risk students, merit badge workshops for scouts, and other specifically designed experiences for schools, agencies, hospitals, and groups. While the program content focuses on horses, the benefits of involvement reach well beyond the barn. Professionals, care providers, and participants report positive growth in the areas of self-esteem and social interaction, emotional and psychological well-being, physical confidence and stability, as well as improvements in academic achievement, and family/community-based relationships.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Caregivers

Where we work

Awards

Joan Twining: Instructor of the Year for Region 2 2009

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International

Joan Twining: Woman of the Year 2010

Baltimore County Commission for Women

Merlin Tris Don: Therapy Horse of the Year 2011

American Morgan Horse Association

Merlin: Touch of Class Award 2012

Maryland Horse Industry Board

Joan Twining and Rose of Sharon Equestrian School Recreational Accessibility Award 2019

Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities

Special Appreciation Award 2022

The Arc of Baltimore

Affiliations & memberships

Maryland Horse Industry Board Certified Horse Discovery Center 2018

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 students and/or seniors achieving 75 to 100 percent of their individually established goals during the session in which they participate in the program.

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

Adults, Children and youth, Family relationships, Health

Related Program

Therapeutic Horsemanship via Equine-Facilitated Learning and Services

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

All of our students achieve 75% to 100% of their established goals within a five to eight week session of participation. Goals are highly individualized.

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.

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School (ROSES) marked 21 years of service to the Towson-Baltimore metropolitan area in the fall of 2022. We are aiming to fulfill the promise of the two newest additions to our organization: a fully accessible indoor therapeutic horsemanship arena; and a fully outfitted mobile unit capable of transporting our two miniature horses to those who cannot come to the farm. In the face of the COVID-19 and the subsequent societal, organizational, and economic challenges this pandemic has wrought, ROSES is aiming to utilize the equine-facilitated services it provides to help mitigate and alleviate the those challenges, especially among our population of individuals with disabilities or other extenuating circumstances.

We are seeking to increase our board of directors to 15 active members as our organization's by-laws allow . We are developing the expansion of our internships with area universities, partnerships with other organizations serving individuals with special needs, and sponsorships from local businesses. We will be hosting small group informational receptions and tours of our unique facility on a monthly basis beginning in the summer of 2023. We believe the interest generated by the mobile unit will ultimately lead to more schools, agencies, and facilities seeking the full-impact of services we can offer on-site and off.

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School has a committed board of directors, a dedicated cadre of experienced volunteers, an ADA-compliant, state of the art facility, an advantageous geographic location, an excellent reputation in the community, and an experienced Executive Director who has led the organization from inception, through a recession, two capital campaigns, and now a global pandemic. Rose of Sharon is also developing an alliance with medical professionals in an effort to provide a continuum of services for our students as their various needs evolve.

Rose of Sharon Equestrian School is more than half way to our goal of increasing our board of directors to 15. We have purchased and outfitted our mobile mini unit. We are in negotiations with a local child and family services organization, a Maryland Department of Juvenile Services detention center, as well as a local hospital to develop effective partnerships between our organizations.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Operations

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ROSE OF SHARON EQUESTRIAN SCHOOL INC

Board of directors
as of 02/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jessica J. Rilee, OTD, OTR/L

Rein Remedy, LLC

Term: 2024 - 2029

Mary Clark Gibbons

MC Travel Services

Linda Hutchinson-Troyer

Dementia-Friendly Baltimore County

Gilbert T. Garczynski

Gilbert T. Garczynski, Jr., CPA

Janet Knox

Baltimore City Public Schools, Retired

Sheldon Forchheimer

Facilities Committee

Stephanie Hayes

Family Advisory Council

Karen Richards, LCSW

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

Lauren Parr Rosecrans

GBMC Healthcare

Mary Ann Fisher

International Alliance of Healthcare Educators

Suzanne Twining

Media Promotion

Shane O'Brien

Corporate Citizenship

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/5/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/19/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.