Dream Catcher Stables Inc

Living Life without Labels

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 permanent home of our own in the general area of our present location. We currently call 22+ acres owned by Bush Intercontinental Airport and the City of Houston (under a grazing license until November 8, 2028) home. Today our horses enjoy a pasture setting of 17 acres and serve our athletes under spartan conditions while permitting and construction of a better facility progresses. The disruption and challenges of the past several years continue to cause anxious moments. Our athletes and volunteers have "stayed the course." With the horses now enjoying their all-weather home life continues to improve. Our Why statement: Living Live Without Labels exemplifies the atmosphere seen every program day -- people first in every way. A genuine incubator for the future 2021 provided opportunities for introduction of additional program goals and enhanced our diversity too.

Ruling year info

2000

President

Mrs. Sanna B Roling

Vice President

Ms Kristen Damon

Main address

P.O. Box 1454

Spring, TX 77383-1454 USA

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EIN

76-0618111

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 people

Where we work

Awards

Horse of the Year 2008

Certified Horsemanship Association

Horse of the Year 2019

Certified Horsemanship Association

Volunteer of the Year 2016

Certified Horsemanship Association

Affiliations & memberships

Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship International 1999

American Quarter Horse Association 2013

Arabian Horse Association 2017

Certified Horsemanship Association 1999

GFAS 2020

Equus Foundation 2013

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 2020 actual donor numbers decreased by 19%. All fundraising was by word of mouth and loyal donors. Covid-19 severely limited amounts.

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

We are beginning to recover from the challenges of Covid-19 pandemic.

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

Donors followed us through newsletters and Facebook. Our teen advisory board manages our Instagram account. Families of athletes are helping more financially.

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

Covid pandemic concerns both limited number of participants at any given moment AND caused families to stay home to protect themselves. Program limitations showed minimal growth but no regression.

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

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Youth required to complete court ordered community service. This program was suspended due to Covid-19 constraints and remains very limited at this time.

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. Covid changed our world. A number of our athletes and their families experienced illness themselves or changed life styles.

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

Local restrictions resulting from the pandemic continued to cancel all of our public events. Pit Row Pit Stop in Livingston, TX hosted a one day information day.

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 2021 16 volunteers contributed 77% of the volunteer hours.

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

Volunteers cared for the horses, helped with construction, and with lessons.

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

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

Limited in 2021 due to Covid-19 restrictions, construction and weather, the athletes returned and numbers of lessons approached normal. Addition of weekday program pilots helped.

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

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

We have four immediate goals.
1) Continue our program which is currently weather dependent increasing services by 10% over 2021.
2) Secure a permanent home. Our grazing license on 22+ acres owned by the City of Houston and Bush Intercontinental Airport ends November 8, 2028.
3) To meet our needs with fundraising - Immediately efforts are underway to secure the remainder of the 2022 budget and obtain funds to pay off our EIDL loan. Efforts will continue to locate and fund our forever home. Expectation is that we will need to raise $5,000,000. Everyone can help. We continue aluminum can collection with a goal of 80,000,000 cans to fund purchase of that forever home while helping save the environment.
4) Complete Accreditation with GFAS (Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries by September 30, 2022.
5) Accredit our program with Certified Horsemanship Association by December 31, 2023.
6) Extend and enhance the current Cambridge Mosaic program through school year 2022-2023.
7) Pilot a behavioral weekday program in school year 2022-2023 with the goal of full behavioral weekday program launching in school year 2023-2024. 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 GoFundMe launched by our Teen Advisory Board.
2) Continue to improve our Social Media presence as launched by our Social Media Committee in January 2022.
3) Build on marketing provided by Tx Elite and Pit Row Pit Stop to fund 2022 and build program.
4) Continue to identify and approach potential donors and work toward acquisition of major capital grants.
5) Work to improve our board and provide consistent training for new board members and all volunteers as we settle into our current facility.
6) Assess and review pilot projects currently underway with Humble ISD Mosaic program and Spring High School Agriculture internship program.
7) Refine the pilot project plans and present to targeted districts for their approval during the 2023-2024 school year.
8) Continue to expand current programming to return to pre-covid levels.
9) Add virtual workshop capability for volunteer training.
10) Work toward the ultimate goal of a permanent program home by November 8, 2028. Expected cost of property $5,000,000. Expected time to complete facility if non-existent 2 years from time of acquisition.

Our all volunteer public charity has the ability to
1) Continue to market through VolunteerMatch.org
2) Allow volunteers to select the time and extent to which they commit ensuring that volunteers remain/become enthusiastic about and dedicated to our mission.
3) 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)
4) 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. Since Covid began they contribute approximately 25% of our annual budget yearly.
4) Sustain itself demonstrated by completion of our 23rd 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 with the help of our Board of Directors, Social Media Committee, and continuing word of mouth marketing.
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 proteges to eventually redistribute the administrative and program duties currently completed by our founder.
10) Trainings for volunteers as future CHA instructors expected to begin Summer 2022.
11) In 2021 we began a Teen Advisory Board with it's first president setting a personal goal of becoming our program director for life.

Celebrating completion of 23 years of program on August 23, 2022, we:
1) have made our current leased 22+ acres usable with - utilities, three cargo containers, an arena, sufficient fencing, a 14'x60' portable building, and a 40'x60' ten stall all weather portable barn for our horses. The all-weather driveway and parking area was donated by Cherry Construction and the lumber for the barn by Anglia Homes.
2) Completed the airport permitting process September 3, 2020 with Walter P Moore and H4 Architects and Engineers guiding us. Formal Certificate of Occupancy is still in progress.
3) Continue program with expansion planned. Before being interrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic our weekend lesson program had returned to full strength. Sixteen athletes competed at Top Hands 2022 earning 1 first place belt buckles; 7 second, 6 third, 10 fourth, 9 fifth, and 9 sixth place trophies; and 2 participation awards.
4) Continue to have new athletes and volunteers join us.
5) Plan to strengthen our volunteer training in the next year. This effort is being lead by the most recent addition to our Board of Directors, Yarely Ramirez. Yarely first volunteered with us while in high school as a way to decide on career options. Choosing Speech Therapy she pledged to return after college and did so. 6) 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.
7) Baker Botts continues to guide us pro bono.
8) Instagram was added thanks to our teenage volunteers and has now been linked with our Facebook Page for ease in posting.

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve people with disabilities ages 5 and older, and youth at-risk of dropping out of school.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • 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, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We now work to allow our athletes to help us untack and turn out our horses at the end of the program day AND are planning to create group lessons based on this desire. Consideration is being given to allow athletes participation in lesson day preparations too. 2021-2022 school year the in-school pilot program began with Cambridge School's Mosaic program. Through a year long introduction to horses students ages 19-22 are learning more about the world of work while understanding how to care for horses. The life lessons that are hidden in the everyday tasks have become far more important than the program itself. The Cambridge School Director is considering adding additional Dream Catcher Stables programming to their behavioral student program.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Power has not changed officially. Families are sharing thoughts more often and are bringing to our attention things that have been unintentionally overlooked. The result - our program is strengthening (especially in on the ground horse/human interactions). Families are offering increased assistance to make our program better and improve our facility.

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

    We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Dream Catcher Stables Inc

Board of directors
as of 4/16/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs Sanna Roling

retired teacher

Term: 1999 - 2022

Denise Cheplick

Speech Therapist

Billie Jean Harris

ReMax East

James Fagan

Community Volunteer

Kristen Damon

Administrative Asssistant Arena Energy

Theresa Ramirez

Administrative Assistant

Sanna Roling

Retired Educator

Karen Streater

Retired ADA Administrator

Charles Streater

EMT

Yarely Ramirez

Speech Therapist

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 04/13/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

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

The organization's co-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.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/26/2021

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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 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 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.