The mission of The Therapeutic Equestrian Center, Inc. is to promote and enhance the abilities of the special needs children it serves through the use of individually designed therapy programs on horseback. Riding instructors work with the children’s other therapists to coordinate individually designed programs of physical, learning and recreational therapy.Increased physical conditioning, balance and coordination, improved self-esteem, enhanced behavior and the ability to face new challenges may all result from participation in The Center’s programs. The therapeutic goal, thus, is to help these children learn a new skill while achieving their highest potential by learning how to take advantage of their strengths and natural abilities.Located on a beautiful setting adjacent to the Mount Tom reservation, the facility has recently completed a major restoration of its entire complex. Visitors are welcomed.
(413) 532-1462 www.equestriantherapy.org
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County has provided quality mentoring for children in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region of Western Massachusetts since 1968. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County matches local children with carefully screened and professionally supported mentors for one-to-one relationships which endure. The programs utilize volunteers to act as mentors (Bigs) who serve as friends and role models to children (Littles) who have been assessed to be in need.
We run rowing, canoeing and kayaking programs out of Holyoke’s Jones Ferry River Access Center. Our new boathouse, on of the best in Western Massachusetts, has 3 boat storage bays, locker room and shower facilities and a beautiful community space with a deck overlooking the river.
We offer programs for everyone – youth, adults, seniors and custom programs for groups, agencies and schools. We recently were designated a US Paralympic Sports Club and run adaptive programs for people with disabilities and programs for return service members and their families.
Special emphasis is on getting kids outside and on the water. Whether it is our regional high school team or our summer Boys and Girls Club kayaking program, the goal is the same – to foster leadership, teamwork, self-reliance and success.
Join us Saturdays on the water from 9-11 in June and July to try our boats and learn about our programs.
(413) 322-5647 www.holyokerows.org