Help Start Divine Equine

***UPDATE*** A riding center in Santa Cruz County suddenly and without notice to the families and volunteers, closed leaving many families stunned, confused and looking for a new home. This event pushes this vision into fruition much faster than we could have anticipated. We desire to keep things as normal for the students and horses from the closed center by opening as soon as possible. We need $25,000 seed money to get lessons started again while the paperwork is going through its process.

I am thrilled to announce, the start of my new nonprofit, Divine Equine Assisted Therapy Center. Equine (horses!) assisted therapy is used for the purpose of making positive impact to the cognitive, physical, emotional and social well-being of individuals with special needs (functional diversity). Functional diversity can include people with autism, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy, depression, PTSD, etc. Initially, my ever growing team and I will offer therapeutic riding (teaching people with functional diversity to ride, using adaptive techniques). As we expand, we will be including hippo-therapy (a physical, occupational or speech therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement), equine-facilitated mental health (a licensed mental health professional partners with suitable equine(s) to address psychotherapy goals set forth by the client), veteran and vocational programs.

In order to apply to be a non-profit organization, the paperwork is intense and thorough. To ensure we are completely legitimate in the eyes of the IRS and have all of our i's dotted and t's crossed, we've enlisted the help of the Foundation Group who guide people like us through the complicated paperwork that is required to obtain our nonprofit status. The cost for their service is $3,700. Your generous giving can provide the seed money needed to help Divine Equine become an official non-profit. 

For those who donated to the original gofundme to help fund the foundation group, we will still honor all of you with a plaque at the new center. You supported us on our first step towards making this dream a reality. THANK YOU!

Thank you for taking the time to consider supporting our journey. This would not be possible without people like you!

We will rise AGAIN!


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Kristy Newstrom 
Soquel, CA
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