My name is Kate Storjohann, and I am the lead program instructor at Marianna Greene Henry Special Equestrians, located in Talladega, Alabama.
We are a PATH certified therapeutic riding facility, serving the students from the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind.
We operate on a Monday-Friday, 8-5 schedule, and do over 300 rides a month. We rely heavily on volunteers for our daily classes. Volunteers assist in multiple ways; they are horse leaders and sidewalkers in class, they groom and tack horses prior to lessons, and they help with projects and barn chores around the barn. We ask our volunteers to commit to the same day and time each week, as their schedule allows. Some people come in for an hour or two while others stay for a full day.
In order to work directly with students in the class, a volunteer has to be at least 14. However, we do have a “family program” where younger children are able to do things around our facility and with the students, under supervision of their parent or sibling.
We are getting ready to begin the school year, and I’m sending this message in an effort to reach out to homeschool families around the state. I was homeschooled, and during the last three years of high school, I volunteered at this amazing facility. God opened the door for me to work here part time my senior year, and this eventually turned into a full time job. When my mentor decided to be a stay at home mom, I was able to step into her position. I have seen firsthand what this place does in the lives of the students that we serve, as well as the volunteers. This is truly a life changing experience.
Do you think there might be any families that would like to tour our facility, or possibly volunteer with us? We attend two homeschool kickoffs every year, and I am trying to locate more groups that might be interested.
Thank you for your time!
MGH Lead Program Instructor