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Last week, Shining Hope Farms was fortunate enough to receive a Goodie Award from SHARE Charlotte–a nonprofit that brings together and works on behalf of hundreds of Charlotte area nonprofits. What the award was for was unexpected, but not all together a surprise.
Shining Hope Farms was quite busy over the Christmas & New Year’s break. We often use this time while kids are not on horses to upgrade the facilities and have jobs performed that we cannot do during regular business days.
It was announced earlier this month during the Speedway Children’s Charities’ annual grant reception that one of the grantees receiving a portion of the $957,323 granted would be Mt. Holly based nonprofit Shining Hope Farms.
Meet Charlie! As you can imagine from the pictures and videos, this handsome little man greets Shining Hope Farms staff, volunteers and equines with smiles, high fives and fist bumps every week! This enthusiasm, love and perseverance are true testaments of Charlie’s personality and attitude toward life, since doctors and therapy appointments have been frequent occurrences for Charlie in his 5 years of life.
We got the call in November, 2017, to foster a beautiful little boy named Bryson. He was at Brenner’s Children’s Hospital for dehydration, neglect, and scabies. He was about seven months old. It was love at first sight for us.
Mark your calendars, Giving Tuesday is around the corner- December 3rd, and YOU have GOOD to give! Last year you took our breath away with your efforts to help us reach our goal, and this year the same goal is back: To Feed All of the Gentle Giants Who Help Our...
Get excited! We have a great weekend coming up at our Conover Farm with our first ever craft and vendor fair along with Equine Trail Sports events taking place Saturday and Sunday.
Did you know that you could support our work by shopping for the items that we need most from our Amazon wish list on SHARE Charlotte’s Give Shop®? Shop for us and hundreds of other local nonprofits August 4th-9th at shopforgoodclt.org! In just a few clicks, items we...
Shining Hope Farms is excited to announce that they have received a $1,700 grant from the Healthy Charlotte Alliance to purchase an AED or automated external defibrillator for their Charlotte farm.
Over the weekend of March 30-31 Shining Hope Farms hosted the first ever Equine Trail Sports event in North Carolina at the Conover farm. The event went off without a hitch and we are incredibly grateful for such an amazing event where we had the opportunity to meet some incredible individuals, beautiful and talented horses, and top notch volunteers.
Meet therapeutic rider Amy, her sister Frankie, and her instructor Verena. You will see firsthand what a therapeutic riding lesson looks like at Shining Hope Farms and the types of impacts it can have on a rider.
We recently hosted an American Hippotherapy Association (AHA) Level II workshop at our Mt. Holly farm. Licensed speech, physical, and occupational therapists from all over the United States and as far as Northern Ireland were onsite for four days January 17-20 diving deep into hippotherapy as a treatment strategy.
It was announced last week during the Speedway Children’s Charities’ annual grant reception that one of the grantees receiving a portion of the $1,040,350 granted would be Mt. Holly based nonprofit Shining Hope Farms—a nonprofit that provides equine facilitated activities and therapies across their three locations in the western Piedmont region of North Carolina.
Ethan has spent the majority of his days in different therapies for his entire life, so “to have a therapy that’s fun and doesn’t feel like therapy has a huge impact [on him],” – said Ethan’s mom Terre. Receiving occupational therapy at Shining Hope Farms has definitely had significant physical benefits for Ethan, but it’s also done something else…
Janiah, an almost 6 year old is described by her therapist as sweet and fun, but also very competitive and a hard worker. Diagnosed with cerebral palsy, Janiah has had challenges with her legs and walking independently, as well as with some fine motor tasks. What she also has though, is a group of people that could not be more dedicated to loving on her and helping her to reach her full potential.
Shining Hope Farms Receives $7,500 Quality of Life Grant from Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation for Lift System
Shining Hope Farms will use the grant to purchase a lift system for their Mt. Holly location that will allow them to transport clients with paralysis safely on and off the horse. It will also allow them to expand what clients they can serve, as it is currently difficult if not impossible to serve clients of certain sizes or with certain mobility issues as they cannot easily mount and dismount them onto the horse.
Have you wondered what it’s like volunteering at Shining Hope Farms? Have you been nervous to start? Shining Hope Farms volunteer Rachel Szeghy did an awesome job documenting her volunteer experience so she could tell you all about it.
Five years ago today, some very generous PUSH America members from across the southeast descended upon Shining Hope Farms’ Mt. Holly location to begin constructing what would eventually become our new indoor arena. Fast forward five years and we’ve finally done it!
After almost 3 months of weekly occupational therapy sessions, patient Brie, with continual encouragement from family and her therapy team, found the courage to overcome her biggest fear and pet her horse Desmond for the first time last week!
The funds generously donated by the Community Foundation of Gaston County will be utilized to make very necessary improvements to the tack room and office at Shining Hope Farms’ Mt. Holly farm including installing a PTAC unit, washer and dryer, and flooring.
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