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Woodrow Wilson Rehabilitation Center Foundation

Fishersville, VA

Amount Requested: $4,820 for Equine Therapy

Mission: To raise funds and secure resources to support vocational rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities offered through the Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center, leading to increased independence and employment for its students and program participants.  Wilson Workforce and Rehabilitation Center is a comprehensive Rehabilitation center that provides both medical and vocational interventions to help individuals with disabilities obtain employment and or live more independently.

Constituents Served: Individuals 18 years of age or older with disabilities that are recognized through ADA are eligible to be admitted for Residential Services with the exception of PERT (Post secondary Education Rehabilitation Transition Program)  and Life Skills Training. 2,630 cases were served for the fiscal year of 2014. Average daily census of 300.

Program Overview: The  WWRC Foundation provides financial support to help the Center accomplish many things each year.  Presently, we are seeking support to help the Center establish an “equine-assisted activity for the purpose of contributing positively to the cognitive, physical, emotional  and social well-being of individuals with special needs.  The participants will be recommended by their instructors, counselors, therapist, or psychiatric services.

Many of our clients have social issues as well and emotional and physical.  Equine therapy has been known to build self-confidence, promote trust, teach patience, understanding, compassion, responsibility, and respect.  In the workforce, these are important qualities one should possess. The program would be three-weeks in duration for four clients at a time. This would be operated throughout the year with a total of 48 clients being served.

Current Operating Budget: $163,100

Program Budget: $8,720


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