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The “Ribbon Cutting” and Grand Opening of Shining Hope Farms on Saint Peters Church Road in Conover was held this afternoon. Shining Hope Farms is a 501(c) (3) organization whose mission is to enable children and adults with disabilities to achieve functional goals through the use of equine assisted activities and Hippotherapy. Shining Hope Farms was founded in 2002 by Paul and Melinda Kirkpatrick in response to the needs in the community to provide therapeutic services in an enriching farm environment. The purpose of the farm’s services is to improve the quality of life of the participants as well as their families. Shining Hope Farm’s programs have been structured to serve individuals and groups with a variety of disabilities, such as Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Downs syndrome, developmental disabilities. brain injuries & hypotonia, to mention a few. Participants find wellness, strength and hope on the back of a horse.
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