RISING HOPE THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER

Connecting Hearts and Hooves

Bellefonte, PA   |  www.risinghopetrc.com

Mission

Rising Hope is a non-profit therapeutic riding program in Centre County. Our mission is to provide recreational and therapeutic riding which develops physical, cognitive, social and emotional well being through equine assisted activities to all individuals in need, helping participants to connect to the healing nature of the horse in a peaceful and nurturing environment.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Mrs. Cindy Lamey-Kocher

Main address

388 Reese Rd

Bellefonte, PA 16823 USA

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EIN

81-0724208

NTEE code info

Rehabilitative Medical Services (E50)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

Rural (S32)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Rising Hope has the opportunity to serve additional participants, however, these families do not have the financial means to cover the cost of the lessons. A scholarship fund would help families and individuals who have a loved one with a diagnosis requiring the healing benefits that equine assisted activities provide. Even as we have implemented our Scholarship Fund, we do not have the financial support for all riders in need.

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?

Veterans' Program and Therapeutic Riding

Our Veterans' Program
Supporting our returning veterans and their families who have served our country bravely and courageously is a priority here at Rising Hope. Reaching our veterans through equine assisted activities is another way we can connect hooves and hearts and begin a healing relationship. This no cost program will begin with initial sessions that include horse education and how to create a relationship with a horse. As each individual is unique so is each horse. He/she will learn how to communicate and respond to the horse's behavior and actions.

Lessons learned on the ground will then be carried over into riding as the physical benefits of riding dramatically increase. The horse is very unique. It sees each individual as he/she is that day.

The horse has incredible senses that can read our emotions through our approach and body language. It is evident how the individual will receive not just physical but strong emotional healing. Equine Therapy has proven to help those living and dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The horse naturally promotes strong trust characteristics and calm responsive communication. With staggering statistics of severe suffering and depression plaguing our veteran heroes, horse therapy has been a shining light into the darkness. Rising Hope is embracing the opportunity to support our veterans and hope many will benefit from this program.

Our Therapeutic Riding Program
Horses have long been known for therapeutic characteristics and healing nature. The physical, cognitive, social and emotional benefits of riding help meet the need of many people of which other therapies cannot. Skills that are learned many times carry over into everyday life.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Adults, Children and youth, People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses, Substance abusers

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollar amount of scholarship awarded

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

Adults, Children and youth, People with disabilities

Related Program

Veterans' Program and Therapeutic Riding

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of lessons taught

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

Adults, Children and youth, People with disabilities, People with diseases and illnesses, Substance abusers

Related Program

Veterans' Program and Therapeutic Riding

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Note the decline in 2020 was impacted by the pandemic. We were not able to run a full spring season.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Our mission is to serve our community by providing recreational and therapeutic riding contributing positively to the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional well-being of individuals through equine assisted activities. Research since the 1970s proves that quality therapy using the horse as a tool increases quality of life for people with low tone, Autism, Down's Syndrome, Brain Injury, PTSD and other diagnoses.

People four years old and up of low to middle income benefit from our program at this time. Goals for 2019 were based on past growth, individuals served, utilization of horses and financial increase. Rising Hope's goals for 2019 were to complete our Outdoor Arena using the generous grant funds from the JB Griffin Memorial Foundation. This arena will allow us to reach another goal of adding Group Therapy Sessions for participants with like needs. Stage ll of our Outdoor Arena Project includes replacing our manure spreader, updating our tack and
completing indoor arena repairs. This project will give the horses a safe place to be outside to exercise. Horses need mental and physical rest after working for their allotted lessons. The good health of the horses is paramount to our programs.

Rising Hope has a wonderful volunteer team of 40 active volunteers serving in various capacities. In 2020 over 900 documented hours were clocked by our volunteers. The Board of Directors consists of five dedicated professionals, as well as, the volunteer Development Committee. The Committee meets each month to plan and discuss fundraising efforts. These include Marianna's Hoagie and Pizza sales, Chicken BBQ dinners, Grange Fair table, Tractor Supply tabling, Bingo events, Veteran awareness with Veteran Expo events, and Paint-n-Sip fundraisers.
Our program also has a presence in community outreach events such as the Centre Region Down's syndrome Society Buddy Walk, Juniper Village, Elementary School's class for students on the Autism spectrum, and the State College Spikes Baseball game. Our Board members have distributed sponsor packets to invite business owners and individuals to sponsor our horses on a monthly basis. Quality care for our horses is priority for our board, staff, and volunteers.

Rising Hope has an Executive Director, Marketing Manager, Grant Writer, Development Committee, Board, and volunteers who are committed to serving our participants with excellence. The presence of our organization is growing through presentations, social media, and community fundraisers. This presence has connected our staff with additional volunteers and prospective instructors for the program.

Our financial needs are a challenge which we handle through our Development Committee, grant proposals, and community fundraising as listed in the "strategies" essay above.
Volunteer and in-kind labor has been instrumental in getting Rising Hope established and thriving. Persistence underwrites our passion to see healing in those we serve.

Rising Hope was officially founded in November of 2015. As we begin our first semester of 2021 in the spring, we see what was formerly a vision become a reality. We now have a facility available to care for our horse population and provide lessons to community members with special needs, emotional needs and physical disabilities. Nearly 30 participants benefit from quality therapy improving their daily living. Volunteers and staff have been experiencing social and emotional healing as they interact with the horses and participants. The horses are the catalysts to connect hearts and hooves impacting not only participants, but their families and Rising Hope staff as well.

People from our community are extending their support by volunteering for one event or on a weekly basis. These people may also offer in-kind services such as driveway grading and gravel or preparing food for a fundraising event.

The vision of two women becoming an active center for healing. Much progress has been achieved within a short period of time with character and excellence.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Instructor Surveys after lesson,

  • 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,

  • 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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RISING HOPE THERAPEUTIC RIDING CENTER

Board of directors
as of 02/02/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Cindy Kocher

Rising Hope Therapeutic Riding Center

Term: 2020 - 2022

Kim Clouser

Rising Hope Therapeutic Riding Center

Theresa Layton

Rising Hope Therapeutic Riding Center

Lisa DeHaas

Rising Hope Therapeutic Riding Center

Chelsea Smith

Rising Hope Therapeutic Riding Center

Amy Brooks

Rising Hope Therapeutic Riding Center

Paul Confer

Rising Hope Therapeutic Riding Center

Judy Dysart

Rising Hope Therapeutic Riding Center

Cindy Fayman

Rising Hope Therapeutic Riding Center

Stephanie Cooper

Rising Hope Therapeutic Riding Center

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 ? 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/18/2021

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

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