End of Year Donations
There is still time before the end of the year to make a gift to PATH Intl. Your donation provides the gift of opportunity to those most in need. Click here to donate now. Or read below for more information.
Disaster Relief Fund
Their names sound harmless enough, like those of your next door neighbors: Sandy, Matthew, Irene. However, these aren't the good-hearted, albeit somewhat annoying, neighbors whose kids will barge in and clean out your refrigerator. No, these are hurricanes, and when they blow in, they will clean out much more than your leftover pot roast. They leave physical damage and heartache caused by the devastation of flooding and more bills than can be handled by a single center.
There is good news, though. Help is available through the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund. The fund assists PATH Intl. centers in good standing with an immediate need in meeting expenses not normally covered by operating insurance after natural or manmade catastrophic disasters. These include hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, floods, fire and drought.
PATH Intl. recently received two letters of thanks from centers who were grateful for help from the PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund.
From Dr. Shelley Wall at Ruffles and Spurs Child Therapy Center in Humble, TX: "I'm so grateful for your help in time spent to recover losses from the flood. The money will be stretched far! May God bless you all and may we continue to serve children together, with horses to heal bodies and stabilize minds and emotions!"
From Marita Wassman at Ride On St. Louis, a PATH Intl. PAC in Kimmswick, MO, "Please extend our deepest gratitude to all at PATH Intl. for the support to Ride On St. Louis. Your gift will help us to finish some final repairs from the December '15 flood. But the best part is that when we can move to a drier location, the dismount mats will come with us!"
Now for the bad news. The PATH Intl. Disaster Relief Fund is seriously depleted because of the good we've been able to accomplish from the funds donated by people like you. Hurricane season might be over, but the cleanup goes on. Your gift will help centers like Ruffles and Spurs and Ride On St. Louis rebuild what was lost.
Special Education Teachers Outreach Campaign
How many times have you watched the news or a special report and thought, “I could have told them that!” Sometimes the experts we seek are right under our noses if we would only look.
PATH Intl. wanted to identify an audience that could help us get the word out about equine-assisted activities and therapies, an audience that might be out there thinking, “I could have told them that!” After much discussion with a random selection of PATH Intl. Member Center Executive Directors, we discovered that special education teachers are that audience. They work with students with many of the same challenges served at PATH Intl. Member Centers, and they frequently refer students to centers. To date, they have been a largely untapped demographic.
Are you thinking, “I could have told you that?” Great! You did, and we listened. We are forming a work group of PATH Intl. Members who are special ed teachers to identify ways to reach this population. We could use your help.
PATH Intl. has established a Special Education Teachers Outreach Campaign for the purpose of outreach and collaboration with this population. This is a brand new initiative, so your gift to the fund is essential. Nelson Mandela said that education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world. Combine education with the transformational power of the horse and we will change the lives of those who need it most.
Job Task Analysis: The trek continues...
Trek to Accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification
As most of you know by now, one of the major initiatives in the PATH Intl. strategic plan is to achieve independent, third party accreditation of the PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor Certification in order to provide validation that our certification meets recognized credentialing standards. For a refresher on this this objective, read the Click here to read more.. As mentioned in that article, one of the first major initiatives was to conduct a job task analysis (JTA) in order to verify the knowledge, skills and abilities a newly certified PATH Intl. Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructor should possess.
PATH Intl. Undergoes Its Own Accreditation
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