A bathroom for CHUM

$19,383 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 30 months
Mat Edick
on behalf of Bonnie DePue
 MASON, MI
I am the father of two children, one of which has Down Syndrome.  About 8 years ago, my son (with Down Syndrome) was referred to a therapeutic horse back riding center called CHUM Therapeutic Riding, or just CHUM for short, to supplement his current physical and occupational therapy.  Little did we know, this referral was going to impact our entire family in epic proportion! 

I'll admit my wife and I were pretty skeptical - riding horses is for pleasure, not therapy, right?  We could not have been more wrong.  Since beginning his therapy, my son has required lower doses the medications that help food pass through his stomach and intestines (some of which have really scary side effects).  He has walked, jumped, climbed, and achieved countless more physical milestones,  as much as years sooner than expected by his doctors.  If that wasn't enough, he has developed a sense of accomplishment from "driving" his horse around the barn that is impossible to put into words but is bound to warm your heart (see the pic of my son below with his therapist, Bonnie Depue, happily displaying an award he won). 


I could go on and on about my son, and don't even get me started about how CHUM has changed my daughter, who is not disabled, or this will quickly turn into a novel!  However, this GoFundMe page is not about me or my family, so please read on to learn about the this amazing therapeutic riding center and a project I hope you will consider supporting!

Children and Horses United in Movement or C.H.U.M. Therapeutic Riding Inc. is a non-profit therapeutic horseback riding center that has introduced many a child (including mine of course) and adult to the world of horses and the gifts these magnificent animals offer.  It has always been clear that CHUM is a God driven, faith built, grace guided program where individuals with and without disabilities share and develop their love for horses. In this process, we see ‘life lessons’ occurring in the barn, victories over challenges, hope over despair, and relationship building in trust and love.  To learn more about CHUM, check out the testimonials from families, read the stories shared, and browse the pictures of the lives being changed every day, on the CHUM Facebook Page or the CHUM Webpage.

About 10 years ago, Wick Buildings and Lynnman Construction, and their sub contractors, helped put up an indoor heated arena with donations and discounts and love and tears.  Now we are able to have our therapy sessions all year long - rain, snow, cold, etc.  CHUM has been richly blessed to have such a beautiful finished heated indoor arena to provide service in! 

However, during the past 10 years we have hiked approximately 150 yards to the house to 'go potty', in any weather; rain snow, heat, mud, sleet, ice, etc.  To give you an idea of what 150 yards looks like, here is a picture from the arena to the bathroom (in the house) after a rainstorm made the driveway nice and muddy...

...and from the bathroom to the arena in the winter...

As you might imagine, the weather can make you rethink how badly you need the facilities in the house :)!  And for our friends in wheel chairs, on crutches, using walkers, and/or any number of other assitive devices, 150 yrds is a long way through rain, snow, mud, slippery grass, and whatever else nature decides to dish out.

CHUM recently received exciting news that may mean the end of the long hikes to the bathroom!  There is a sponsor who is offering a matching grant to fund a facility expansion including...wait for it...yes, a BATHROOM in the indoor riding arena!!  The donor will match up to $60,000 (for a total budget of $120,000).  The expansion will run down the side of the building and in addition to the bathroom, will include space for the horses to wait inside instead of at the tie pole outside, a treatment room, and an office space. 

As excited as we all are about this grant, there is one obstacle - we have to raise the $60,000 to match and we have to do it by April 2017.  CHUM puts 150% of their resources into caring for their horses and caring for their families so extra funds, especially with that many zeros, are not easy to come by.  There are so many blessings wrapped up in this huge gift, please consider a donation to help us make this project a reality!

Thank you,
Mat (a proud member of the CHUM family!)
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The support flowing in for this project is amazing. Thank you all so much for your continued support!
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Those of you that are CHUM regulars know all about this, but for those that are just hearing about CHUM, check out this event the day after Christmas. Free-ride Monday is an event that has been happening the last few years. If you could use a horse size dose of cheer, grace, and joy, this is a must check out!!

https://m.facebook.com/events/212405312545898?acontext=%7B%22ref%22%3A%2298%22%2C%22action_history%22%3A%22null%22%7D&aref=98
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Bonnie DePue
30 months ago
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You guys leave me just in awe (and in tears)! It is humbling enough to have the matching grant offered to CHUM and then Mat made this page....I was touched and honored at how quickly the families were brainstorming how we could raise the money for this. And now.... in such a short time already donations...I thank each and everyone of you on behalf of everyone at CHUM. I pray God opens His storehouses of blessings for each of you for your kindness and generosity! Thanks and love to all!

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$19,383 of $60,000 goal

Raised by 39 people in 30 months
Created December 5, 2016
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JS
$125
Jennifer Stauffer
25 months ago
LK
$25
Lois Kooistra
26 months ago
$50
Anonymous
26 months ago
CF
$50
Carol Hamlin Faure
26 months ago
$100
Anonymous
26 months ago
DK
$10
diana kanan
26 months ago

Good luck. Great program!

KF
$50
Kim Foreback
26 months ago
LC
$20
Lori Cevigney
26 months ago

Good luck, this is an awesome program!

DB
$13,453
Donations At The barn
26 months ago (Offline Donation)
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1
HS
$100
Holly Scott-Hetchler
28 months ago

Laura misses riding with you Bonnie. We are hoping to get back and visit soon

Bonnie DePue
30 months ago
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You guys leave me just in awe (and in tears)! It is humbling enough to have the matching grant offered to CHUM and then Mat made this page....I was touched and honored at how quickly the families were brainstorming how we could raise the money for this. And now.... in such a short time already donations...I thank each and everyone of you on behalf of everyone at CHUM. I pray God opens His storehouses of blessings for each of you for your kindness and generosity! Thanks and love to all!

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