Educational Institutions

Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc.

  • Petaluma, CA
  • http://www.giantstepsriding.org

Mission Statement

Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center is dedicated to enriching the lives of individuals with physical, behavioral and developmental challenges through the extraordinary benefits of therapeutic riding and related equine assisted therapy.

Main Programs

  1. EquineTherapy
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Our riders come to us from seven San Francisco Bay Area counties (Alameda, Marin, Napa, San
Francisco, Solano, Sonoma, San Francisco).

ruling year

1998

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Beth Porter

Keywords

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therapeutic riding,physical therapy,disabilities,horses,human services, children,HIV,AIDS,equestria

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Also Known As

Giant Steps

EIN

68-0404917

 Number

8479795909

Physical Address

7600 Lakeville Highway

Petaluma, CA 94954

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Diseases, Disorders, Medical Disciplines N.E.C. (G99)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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At the end of each session (we hold four sessions/year), the instructors complete a thorough assessment report for each rider. The first portion of the report tracks and changes in horse, equipment, mount/dismount, etc. The second measures progress in Horsemanship Skills including the level of assistance needed; the rider's dependence on tactile, visual prompts, and/or verbal cues; the rider's level of independence from volunteers (such as independent use of reins); rider's ability to control the horse. The third section of the report evaluates the rider's supporting skills: attention to task, balance, problem solving, social interation, management of sensory integration, and many other factors. The final section of the report reports on specific goals for the session, and outlines goals for the coming session.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

EquineTherapy

Giant Steps opened in 1998 with 19 volunteers offering 100 lessons annually. We now offer nearly 120 lessons per week with the support of roughly 175 volunteers/week. We also offer programming to veterans, and families of the deployed.

Each year, we serve riders with over 60 distinct disabilities, including cerebral palsy, Downs Syndrome, autism, stroke, spinal and head injuries, as well as mental and emotional challenges. Our riders are almost exclusively children and have come from all ethnic and socio-economic groups. Our current riders are ages 5 to 85 years, with an ethnicity that is reflective of our community.

Category

Population(s) Served

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Military/Veterans

Disabled, General or Disability Unspecified

Budget

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Giant Steps goals are to have meaningful impact on the lives of our participants, and of the families. The goals might be physical, behavioral, and/or cognitive, but at the heart the focus is the same - increased independence.

    For one rider with weak core muscles, the act of starting and stopping on a horse might build sufficient strength that the rider can sit upright in his wheelchair. For a rider with poor hand strength, the act of holding reins might translate to the ability to hold a spoon and feed herself. For a rider with verbal outbursts, the calm that comes with riding and controlling a horse might translate to improved self-control in the classroom.

    We have seen riders take their first steps when their families were told they would never walk. We have heard riders speak their first words when the arrived to us non-verbal. Throughout, we have seen growth, joy, and teamwork.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Starting with the rider evaluation process, our program staff carefully evaluates a rider's abilities and areas of growth. Through careful selection of the right class, horse (size, temperament), tack, and volunteers, the program staff develops a plan of support for each rider. At least three overarching goals are set for each rider for each session. The class instructors then translate those over-arching goals to weekly steps. While not every goal is achieved by every rider in every session, we always see progress.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Giant Steps is accredited by the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH), an international center with more than 866 member centers. In fact, Giant Steps hold Premier Accreditation Status which indicates that we meet or exceed all program, safety and administrative standards.

    In addition, all of our instructors are certified by PATH meaning that they have completed coursework, exams, and on-site evaluation on all aspects of safety, understanding of disabilities, horse care, volunteer management.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Our primary means for evaluating our progress is the session report that is completed for each rider. In addition to providing qualitative evaluations on the progress on the rider's individual goals, the report provides a quantitative measurement of progress on horsemanship and supporting skills. We have periodically tracked retention, but many of our riders experience physical changes that remove them for a session (a surgery or other complication) that does not indicate a lack of progress.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We are pleased with the level of growth our program has experienced. Our current challenge is that we have reached capacity within our current setting. To continue to expand our impact, we have piloted a groundwork program in which participants are not mounted on the horse, making it an easier program for the horse physically. In this program, which puts the individual and the horse on the same level, the participant is a more equal partner with the horse. Participants learn to guide horses through voice and body commands, and translate these lessons to their own lives in areas of confidence, leadership, trust, and respect. In the coming year, we also hoe to add a hippotherapy program in which riders are paired, one-on-one, with a physical, occupational or speech therapist.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Our riders come to us from seven San Francisco Bay Area counties (Alameda, Marin, Napa, San
Francisco, Solano, Sonoma, San Francisco).

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Financials

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GIANT STEPS THERAPEUTIC EQUESTRIAN CENTER INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Giant Steps Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc.

Leadership

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Principal Officer

Beth Porter

BIO

Beth joined Giant Steps in the summer of 2011. She brings 25 years of nonprofit administration and leadership to Giant Steps, and has worked with a variety of organizations including arts, education, and political action programs. Through her career she has developed skills in fundraising, program design and management, strategic planning, board development, and staff coaching. Beth has her B.A. in Sociology and Japanese from Middlebury College and her M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco. When she is not at Giant Steps, she is kept busy by her two- and four-footed children.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Larissa McCalla

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Diversity Strategies
No
We track retention of staff, board, and volunteers across demographic categories
No
We track income levels of staff, senior staff, and board across demographic categories
No
We track the age of staff, senior staff, and board
No
We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
No
We have a diversity committee in place
No
We have a diversity manager in place
No
We have a diversity plan
No
We use other methods to support diversity