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Military Family Center

Since 1986, we have been providing professionally certified therapeutic equestrian services to children and adults who have special needs. In 2007, the Farm began providing equestrian services to veterans. To date, 148 veterans have received 4,860 hours of services dedicated to helping them overcome conditions such as:  post-traumatic stress disorder, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, depression and social isolation. In 2017 we are serving twenty veterans from a variety of conflict eras. Funding to support this programming comes from foundations, Wounded Warrior, veteran organizations and individuals. 

In 2015, three Rotary Districts asked us to consider a partnership that would expand our veterans’ services. Rotarians had spent several years learning about the experiences of Blue Star and Gold Star families and received a grant from the Rotary Foundation to establish a Military Family Center, a project that Pegasus Farm has committed to manage and provide the therapeutic equestrian component. Walsh University has also joined this collaboration to offer direct clinical services to veterans and their families. 

Below is a timeline of the new Military Family Center.
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July 2016:  
Forming partnerships and strategies

  • Pegasus Farm, Walsh University and three Rotaries agree to form a partnership to develop a Military Family Center.
  • A potential property for the MFC is identified in Louisville.
  • Pegasus Farm will manage equestrian activities as well as the property and facilities
  • Walsh University will direct and manage behavioral, physical and occupational therapy services.
  • The three parties begin investigating funding opportunities to initially lease and then purchase the property.

August 2016 –

April 2017

Establishing a home for MFC

  • Rotary commits to funding lease and operating costs for new property for six months.
  • The Military Family Center receives a grant from the Cleveland Foundation to equip the equestrian center.
  • First horses arrive at the Military Family Center.
  • Equestrian operation established.
  • Capital Campaign proposal is developed and presented to the Capital Campaign Committee process, which is managed by the Stark Community Foundation.

May 2017 –

January 2018:

Moving Forward!

  • Grant award from the Capital Campaign is announced.  $1,000,000 is initially committed to the MFC project for capital expenses. Final grant awards to be determined in 2017.
  • Host a series of Open Houses and activities at the MFC to promote engagement of veterans, first responders, veteran-serving organizations, etc. 
  • Continue the development of therapeutic equestrian programming and activities.
  • Expand community linkages to veteran related organizations and groups. 
  • Develop the clinical services operation for start-up in 2018.

  

For more information about the Center or to get involved contact Carol Lichtenwalter: carol@pegasusfarm.org or 330.935.2300 ext 101.

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