Coronavirus Update: May 5th
- Despite infection control measures taken by SCTH there is a risk of contracting COVID-19.
- (Of course,) there is also the potential to fall from the horse despite the safety measures and equine training taken by SCTH.
- Your rider may be at a higher risk due to having an underlying medical condition.
- Your rider may be at a higher risk because he/she struggles or cannot maintain social distancing.
- Your rider may be at a higher risk because he/she touches their mouth/face frequently, drools, etc.
- Riding improves physical fitness, gross & fine motor skills, and self-esteem.
- Riding encourages fun, friendship, and responsibility.
- Riding builds trunk control and posture, character and confidence, as well as social skills and communication.
- During this pandemic especially, riding gives participants opportunities to get outside and participate in a customized therapeutic recreational activity that helps improve the quality of life.
- Email or call me with three preferred days/times
- Return the attached signed release form via email
- I will make sure your other annual paperwork is up to date, if not I will send you what needs to be completed.
Coronavirus Update: April 30th
Coronavirus Update: April 1st
I hope and pray that you and your families are all healthy and safe. In compliance with the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health, The Shane Center will remain closed until at least May 1. There is a real possibility that we could remain closed longer, but our hope is to run a four week spring riding session the month of May. I will be confirming spring riding registrations the week of April 27 if we are indeed able to open. Once the stay at home order is lifted, I do know that some of you are going to want to remain isolated for a bit longer for your own health and safety.
In the meantime, we are busy with very limited staff and one volunteer family taking care of the facility and the horses. We have mandated a COVID-19 Compliance Checklist outlining stringent health and sanitation protocols for the few people who are allowed to come to the center.
I just had a meeting on zoom yesterday with Mindy, Laura, and Jessie and they are all doing well despite the order to stay at home. They have not been to the center since we closed on March 17. We miss each of you and want you to know that we are all ok.
We would love to hear from you your words of encouragement and testimonials as to what this program means to you. Often, when writing for grants we use bits of testimonies to help foundations and businesses know the impact their donation has on the lives of people in our community.
Take care of yourselves and your loved ones!
Karen Sanchez CTRI. ATRI
Coronavirus Update: March 23
As you may already know, to do our part to in minimizing the spread of the COVID-19 virus we made the difficult decision on March 17, 2020 to close until April 13. As more information becomes available, we will evaluate whether we need to close for a longer period of time. The changes in daily life we are experiencing are stressful, and even more so to those whose challenges prevent them from understanding what this disruption is all about.
The ongoing crisis has shut down our charitable gaming fundraising activities and stifled our current efforts to seek sponsors for our annual golf scramble. In addition, closing the center has halted riding lesson revenue. This loss of income is significant to our small non-profit who has been a staple in the community for the past 27 years. The Shane Center has very limited financial reserves from which to draw.
Although our operations have ceased, the horses still need cared for and vendors need to be paid. Horses rely on humans to take care of them both physically (grain, hay, water, bedding, shelter, and turn out) and mentally (horses do best with a routine, exercise, and on-going training) to keep them healthy and ready to do an important job. Even if the CDC and the Ohio Department of Health gave a green light for businesses to resume services starting tomorrow, it would take The Shane Center a minimum of one-two weeks to get employees and volunteers back on the job, client schedules organized, and horses prepared for therapeutic riders.
If you are able, we are asking for your help by making a financial contribution today. If you are going to participate in our 4th Annual Golf Scramble scheduled for September 26, 2020, please consider a sponsorship opportunity or team registration now. Thank you. May God bless you and keep you safe during these uncertain times. If there is anything The Shane Center can do for you please let us know.