2019 has been an amazing year! We have accomplished so many wonderful things for our clients here at Emerald M. Through generous donations and support from our community, our dedicated staff, horses, and volunteers, have been able to provide 255 sessions to date of hippotherapy and adaptive riding sessions for children and adults with disabilities. These generous gifts also gave us the tools needed to launch new programs for our Military Veterans and Gold Star women. With these new programs came additional capital and operational expenses.
Out of necessity this year, we have acquired two new equines, Dinky and Calvin, who were needed when two of our existing horses, Rambo and Dalcassian, had to be temporarily benched due to health issues. Although temporary, we needed to curtail our services until our newest members were brought up to speed, we were blessed with a limited amount of down time.
The programs continued to deliver extraordinary results as is the case with 12 year old Sara. Sara came to the farm 16 months ago being carried over the shoulder of her brother due to the very limited use of her legs. Sara is blind and non verbal and today we are so thrilled to report that she is walking by holding only 1 hand of her caregiver. The evidence of hippotherapy effectiveness has been witnessed by many worldwide, written up in research papers such as, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5175116/, and with your financial and spiritual help, we will continue our mission of Hope, Renewal, and Growth. With increasing local demands, we expect to deliver more sessions to more clients in 2020.
Without your support, our programs cannot grow and without your donations we will remain seasonal. We have a great vision to build a covered arena this year allowing us to operate and continue to serve through the summer. This year, the hot temperatures in June, July and August, sadly required us to significantly limit our services. But with your help, the dream of the riding arena will become a reality before June 2020 and we will operate year-round. Our goal for this dream is $40,000.
As Giving Tuesday on December 3rd is rapidly approaching, we are reaching out now asking for your support and to give now. As end of year approaches, please consider what you may need to do for 2019 tax deductions. We hope and pray you will have Emerald M on your list of priorities.
Please visit our web site to donate or mail your donation directly to the Emerald M. So many are counting on you!
Thank you in advance, God Bless.
Lisa Michelangelo, MPT
Lisa Michelangelo, MPT/Executive Director
4022 Goldsmith Rd. Brooksville, Fl 34602
Emerald M is a 501 (c)(3) non profit organization. Tax ID# 81-4683720