Dita Keith considers her time with Healing Reins a privilege.
Keith, executive director of the therapeutic riding center, has been with the organization for nine years, and to her, it’s an organization that truly matters in Central Oregon.
“Our programs matter because they give families who live every single day with the challenges of caring for loved ones who experience disabilities and special needs access to safe, affordable and effective services delivered in a fun and dynamic learning environment,” she said.
Healing Reins, here in Bend, brings horses into the lives of children and adults with physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioral challenges. Its team of certified instructors and staff utilizes adaptive, therapeutic horseback riding and horse-centered activities to support a diverse range of needs and abilities.
The organization has more than 20 community partners, including the Bend La Pine School District, Central Oregon Pediatrics Associates (COPA), and Family Access Network.
“Our programs integrate mind, body and soul for a truly holistic healing experience,” Keith says. “Because Healing Reins exists, many medical, mental health, and other organizations in our community are able to refer clients for the continuum of care that they may not be able to provide but that is necessary to improve quality of life.”
Healing Reins Fast Facts:
- Healing Reins serves 165-180 participants/week throughout the year.
- All clients are referred by medical and mental health providers and other community organizations for the unique programs we offer that help children, teens and adults challenged with disabilities and special needs.
- Healing Reins is the only nationally accredited organization of its kind in all of Central Oregon and serves residents of Deschutes, Crook and Jefferson counties.
- Participants range in age from 4-94, 40% are adults and 65% are low income
- Healing Reins has 6 full time and 4 part time staff members for a total FTE of 7.75
- Program volunteers range in age from 14-86. Individual and community service group volunteers logged 11,616 hours in FY 2015-2016.
- Programs are not possible without volunteers and because programs have grown to address demonstrated community demand, Healing Reins needs more volunteers!