Carriage Barn receives Reeve Foundation grant

Each year the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation awards grants to non-profit organizations that provide services to individuals living with paralysis.  This year the Foundation is proud to announce The Carriage Barn Therapy Program as one of the 145 recipients, receiving $3,000 in aid.

The Carriage Barn Therapy Program will use the grant to help those living with paralysis become active members in everyday life.  The Carriage Barn Therapy Program will use the grant funds to design a competitive carriage for spinal cord injured clients.  Our hope is to provide a carriage prototype which can be replicated for competitors throughout the United States.  Working in conjunction with local universities, students in engineering and occupational therapy will receive an internship stipend.

The Carriage Barn is very grateful for the Reeve Foundation award.  The support and encouragement helps our clients know how much everyone supports their efforts to compete in carriage driving activities.  Share the good news!  Come to our Open House April 19th from 3pm to 5pm at The Carriage Barn.  See carriages competing.  Meeting the participants our tour our facility.  Bring some good news to share!

“Conceived by the late Dana Reeve, the Quality of Life grants have helped non-profits throughout the world improve the lives of people living with paralysis,” said Peter T. Wilderotter, president and CEO of the Reeve Foundation. “The program also provides assistance for family members and caregivers, offering services such as counseling, support groups and educational conferences.”

The Quality of Life grants are awarded in 3 categories; Actively Achieving, Bridging Barriers and Caring and Coping. Each category is designed to promote active and fulfilling lives for those living with spinal cord injuries and other paralysis causing conditions.  Individuals are encouraged to participate in sports, train for a job, operate specially-adapted computer technology, modify homes for wheelchair accessibility, access public transportation, participate in the arts, proactively maintain their health, and much more.

Since inception of the Quality of Life grants program in 1999, the Foundation has awarded more than 1,500 grants, totaling nearly $12 million.  Some grants are funded through a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Recipients of these include non-profits that address the needs of people living with paralysis caused by spinal cord and other injuries, diseases and birth conditions, including (but not limited to) stroke, spina bifida, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and amyotrophic lateral scleroses (ALS).

“Ten years have passed since Dana Reeve created the Quality of Life program,” said Peter Wilderotter, “It is our hope that, in the years to come, we can continue to support programs that enable children and adults living with and affected by paralysis and their families the full range of activities that many of us take for granted.”

About the Reeve Foundation
The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation is dedicated to curing spinal cord injury by funding innovative research, and improving the quality of life for people living with paralysis through grants, information and advocacy.  For more information, and to review the entire list of Quality of Life grant recipients, please visit our website at www.ChristopherReeve.org or call 800-225-0292.

About The Carriage Barn Equestrian Center Equine Facilitated Therapy Programs

The Carriage Barn Equestrian Center Equine Facilitated Therapy programs seek to enhance physical, psychological, cognitive, and emotional healing and strengthening through equine activities.  We believe that a quiet, natural, outdoor setting provides a serene learning environment.  Horses can provide opportunities for a unique relationship that nurtures and empowers their human partners in a way that brings new insights, self-confidence, improves communications, and relaxation.

Therapeutic riding and carriage driving can also improve flexibility, balance, muscle strength, coordination, memory, sequencing, attention span, and self-awareness.  Our programs use a team approach to help each participant maximize the benefits or their equine relationship.  Participant, therapist, instructor, and horse are this team.

The Carriage Barn is a North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NAHRA) Operating Center member and adheres to the standards of this association.  Our facility includes outdoor paddocks and an indoor arena to conduct equine activities in a comfortable and safe environment.

The Carriage Barn Equestrian Center Therapeutic Riding Program, Inc. is a Not-For-Profit organization under Internal Revenue Code 501(c)3.  For more information please visit our website at www.carriage-barn.com, email carriage-barn@comcast.net, or call 603-378-0140.
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