Human Services

Dream Catcher Stables

Living Life without Labels

aka Dream Catcher Stables, Inc   |   Spring, TX   |  dreamcatcherstables.org

Mission

Living Life without Labels our mission remains: To provide a place in perpetuity where people with disabilities can be successful, equal, and capable, growing to their maximum life's potential through interaction with horses in a positive environment.

We accomplish our mission by providing recreational, educational, and sport programming, including vocational/pre-vocational opportunities, to youth at risk and persons with disabilities. Individuals are accepted without regard to race, religion, ethnicity, or socioeconomic background. Our funding comes from individuals, corporations, and foundations.

Notes from the nonprofit

Our ultimate goal is to have a home of our own. Interim, we were forced to move from our home of 17 years on December 31, 2018. Bush Intercontinental Airport and the City of Houston granted us a grazing lease on 22+ acres in our desired geographic area on November 7, 2018. Today our horses are enjoying a pasture setting of 17 acres and serving our athletes under spartan conditions while permitting and construction of a better facility is in progress. The disruption and challenges of the move have caused us all anxious moments. However, our athletes, throughout this past year have "stayed the course." Parents are reporting that behaviors have remained the same or improved and that our athletes have accepted the challenges of limited lessons well. Our Why statement: Living Live Without Labels exemplifies the atmosphere seen every program day -- people first in every way. As 2020 becomes the year of exceptional challenges we are a family dedicated to our mission and will succeed.

Ruling year info

2000

President

Mrs. Sanna Roling

Main address

P.O. Box 1454

Spring, TX 77383-1454 USA

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EIN

76-0618111

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Equestrian, Riding (N69)

Specialized Education Institutions/Schools for Visually or Hearing Impaired, Learning Disabled (B28)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

People with disabilities all too often are unable to reach their maximum capabilities. For some it is their physical limitation that delays them. For many others it is the societal stigma. At Dream Catcher Stables, by teaching horsemanship, we develop the entire person. Physically they exercise every muscle and nerve ending in their body. Emotionally they learn to love and in turn are loved by the horses. Interaction with volunteers allows everyone to understand capabilities and hidden talents. Our people with disabilities are accepted as people first. Perhaps most importantly of all, after improved self-esteem, is the ability to critically think. With the ability to critically think comes an entire avenue of opportunities -- asking questions, sharing thoughts, exploring possibilities -- that lead to productive adult lives.

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?

Horsemanship for people with disabilities

Formal and informal lessons where youth age 5 and up and adults with disabilities learn to ride and care for horses to the extent that they are able. Where appropriate lessons and this program are tied to academic subjects.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Budget
$38,385

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 1999

American Quarter Horse Association 2013

Arabian Horse Association 2017

Certified Horsemanship Association 1999

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 new donors

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

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019, while actual donor numbers decreased by 48% retention increased to 45%. Due to the out-sourcing of the actual fundraiser capture of donor information was challenged.

Average number of dollars given by new donors

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Horsemanship for people with disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our 2017 surge was in part due to Hurricane Harvey. The 2018 new donor average was down in part due to the economy. Target audience more defined.

Number of overall donors

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Horsemanship for people with disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Harvey also cancelled our annual fundraiser. 2018 saw us in a stronger fundraising position. 2019 fundraising event was out-sourced. Donor capture needs work.

Number of participants reporting change in behavior or cessation of activity

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Horsemanship for people with disabilities

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Observed changes seen on sight or reported by parents in verbal conversations

Number of youth service participants who have involvement in juvenile justice system

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

Adolescents (13-19 years)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Youth required to complete court ordered community service

Number of clients served

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

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We call them athletes or participants, never clients at our facility. With the disruption of activities due to our facility relocation, some athletes chose not to participate due to challenges.

Number of public events held to further mission

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

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2019 soft reopening/20th birthday celebration and annual fundraiser.2018 Annual fundraiser and Iron Horse Run.2017 - Julie Goodnight Clinic, May and December open houses, Iron Horse Run

Number of volunteers

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Horsemanship for people with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019 18 volunteers contributed 89% of the volunteer hours, due in part to the need for two volunteers to live with the horses during the early construction phase. We clearly did more with less.

Number of hours volunteers give.

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Horsemanship for people with disabilities

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Working smarter with fewer program days due to construction and weather our overall volunteer hour donations were steady.

Number of external speaking requests for members of the organization

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Horsemanship for people with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our founder continues to speak at the Texas Mathematics Teachers Conference (CAMT), ESC IV Math Conference and was on radio as well.

Number of lessons taught

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Horsemanship for people with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Severely limited in 2019 due to construction and weather. As the year ended the athletes returned and numbers of lessons approached normal.

Number of press articles published

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

People with disabilities

Related Program

Horsemanship for people with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2019 Houston Chronicle featured us in Community news.

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

We have four immediate goals. 1) to continue our program which is currently weather dependent. While the weather caused us to lose over 50% of our program days in 2015, In 2016 we reached an all time lesson high of 522 lessons due to good weather. Year end 2017 we blitzed previous totals with 665 lessons given. Weather and the immediate need to relocate shortened our lesson capability dramatically to 485 lessons in 2018. Limited program in 2019 due to construction demonstrated a comeback as the fall progressed 2) to secure a permanent home. Our search located "high and dry" properties of various sizes available for purchase. As our lease at suffrance came to an unplanned end in 2018 the planned capital campaign hit a snag. Without sufficient resources we selected a lease with build out in our desired geographic area. 2019 proved to be extremely challenging with two temporary relocations of the horses as we prepared the new property for use. As 2020 unfolds we are working diligently with HAS to complete our new facility. Meanwhile program continued strong until Covid-19 suspended all program activity. WE are still working on permits and hope to construct during the program suspension. 3) to meet our needs with fundraising. After completion of our current facility we will continue the capital campaign to achieve the long term goal of a permanent home. The expectation is that we will need to raise $5,000,000. Everyone can help. We are collecting aluminum cans with a goal of 80,000,000 cans in addition to our other fundraising opportunities 4) to accredit our program with Certified Horsemanship Association by December 31, 2021 5) to pilot the behavioral weekday program in school year 2021-2022 with the goal of full behavioral weekday program launching in school year 2022-2023. This wrangler program will assist local school districts in redirecting students from behavioral to regular campus life.

To achieve our goals we will: 1) Continue our in-house capital campaign including aluminum can recycling and a major garage sale. 2) Begin a major social media campaign in late 2020 with a goal of $2,000,000 in cash or pledges within a year of launch. 3) Assist in marketing of the Iron Horse Run which will benefit our capital campaign. 4) Continue to identify and approach potential donors and work toward acquisition of major capital grants. Prospectus updated by July 2020, delivered by hand or shipping service along with appropriate phone call requesting meeting. 5) Corporations are on board to help with concrete, land preparation, electrical and plumbing needs, welding, and the caretaker's house. We are now recognized by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. 6) Work to improve our board and provide consistent training for new board members and all volunteers as we move to our new facility. 7) Pilot a written plan for working with difficult students in Aldine ISD during the school day during the 2021-2022 school year, or before. Refine the plan and present it to targeted districts for their approval during the 2022-2023 school year.

Our all volunteer public charity has the ability to 1) allow volunteers to select the time and extent to which they commit ensuring that volunteers remain/become enthusiastic about and dedicated to our mission. 2) succeed on a minimal budget through careful shopping and a variety of in-kind donations (a large number of which are made anonymously or without documentation to us) 3) serve people regardless of ability to pay. Athlete families now are beginning to "pay it forward" in order to ensure that this successful program will always be here for them. They contribute approximately 8% of our annual budget yearly. 4) sustain itself demonstrated by completion of our 20th year and continual growth of participants and volunteers without formal marketing. 5) provide personal growth for everyone involved. 6) expand our presence on social media and in the community as time allows using the information given by Professor O'Neal's Campaign Class at Sam Houston State University in the fall of 2016, that provided by the December 2018 Taproot Foundation workshop, and Firespring in 2020. 7) reach further to garner additional sustaining donors. 8) a Founder and President with a never give up attitude. 9) continual planning, teaching, and encouraging of individual volunteers with a goal of developing a group of protoges to eventually redistribute the administrative and program duties currently completed by our founder. 10) trainings for volunteers as future CHA instructors await our portable building.

We measure our successes by 1) number of lessons our participants receive each year with consideration for inclement weather days. 2) progress of our participants in horsemanship including their ability to compete at the horse shows we attend. 3) number of volunteer hours and number of volunteers who make our program happen. 4) funding - we operate on a cash basis. 5) marketing opportunities including press received and requests for speakers 6) retention of participants and volunteers. 7) use and review of our Guidestar metrics. 8) Great Nonprofit reviews. At the suggestion of Taproot Foundation, in 2019 we plan to initiate more formal assessment tools for measuring our program success. Acquisition of these tools is currently on hold while we work through the construction challenges

Celebrating our 20th birthday this past August we 1) have made our current leased 2+ acres usable with bare bones facility - water, three cargo containers, and sufficient fencing. The land is ready for the proposed facility. 2) are working through the airport permitting process with Walter P Moore and H4 Architects and Engineers guiding us. 3) continue program with expansion planned. Before being interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic our weekend lesson program had returned to full strength. Twenty athletes competed at Top Hands 2020 earning 4 first place belt buckles; 8 second, 7 third, 6 fourth, 9 fifth, and 11 sixth place trophies; and 7 participation awards. Plans for weekday program await the completion of our current facility. 4) continue to have new athletes and volunteers join us. 5) plan to strengthen our volunteer training as our facility is finished. We have added an abridged form of our policies and procedures manual which is required reading with signature proof. Current volunteers are being sent an email copy with the request that they return the signature page no later than the reopening of program. 6) Baker Botts continues to guide us through Covid-19 and beyond. 7) need a few good horses to support the growing program. 8) plan to review and upgrade our marketing and fundraising strategies this year.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Dream Catcher Stables

Board of directors
as of 8/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs Sanna Roling

retired teacher

Term: 1999 - 2020

Rodrigo Castillo

Certified Diesel Mechanic

Sanna Roling

retired teacher

Denise Cheplick

Speech Therapist

Billie Jean Harris

ReMax East

Nancy Valencia

HR for a school district

James Fagan

Community Volunteer

Joshua Samic

Operations Manager

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? No
  • 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? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 04/30/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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

Keywords

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