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WE’RE NORTHERN PATHWAYS EQUINE CENTER.
Welcome to our webpage! We’re a non-profit organization located in Kaleva, MI, in the “little finger” area of the mitten our state resembles. We provide equine-assisted learning activities to kids and adults, mostly through the different programs we offer. We’re small, partly because we serve a relatively small community. We’re located in Manistee County, and most of our clients and visitors come from there or from Benzie County to the north.
We’re also small because we’re almost entirely volunteer-run. This is a labor of love - all our Board members and our Executive Director donate their time, as do the many volunteers who have helped us over the years with program activities, farm management, and more. But our size is one of our greatest virtues - because we’re small, we get to know all our clients, and we do our best to provide every person who comes here with the activity they need, be it grooming our horses, walking our trails, working in our gardens, or just talking about what’s happening in life.
Also, the fact that we’re small means that your donations really count! Our donors don’t get lost in the shuffle, because they’re all so valuable to us. If you support us, you will get, at a minimum, a personal thank you via email. If you join our mailing list, which we won’t add you to without your approval, you’ll get our quarterly newsletter emailed to you each time we finish one. (Sometimes we define “quarterly” rather loosely…)
Please, read through our website, check out our new Facebook page here. If you’d like to support us, you can do so in several ways. You can click here to make a general donation online, or you can send a check to our address below. You can also support us by joining our Adopt A Horse program. If you decide to support one of our loveable equines (meet them here), any donation of $25 or more will earn you a picture and brief bio of your adopted furry friend. We’ll send you periodic pictures and updates on their activities, and do our best to keep in touch with you! If you live in the area and donate $250 or more, or commit to an annual donation of at least $25 per month, you’re welcome to send us an email to arrange a farm visit, so you can meet your favorite equine!
We’re also perfectly happy with donations you want directed to a particular program. (Check them out here.) We’re currently raising money for a wheelchair-accessible golf cart. We've created a new arena ramp (read about it here) and a lift for the arena. The golf cart is our next, and last, step to get people out of wheelchairs and onto horses. If you want to help us, we appreciate any and all donations. We also appreciate word–of-mouth advertising! Join us on Facebook, share links to our page, talk about us. If you want any more information on what we do, just send us an email. We are always happy to have new friends, because it's our friends who have enabled us to survive and thrive. We are a shining example of the fact that it takes a village to run a program like this - and that a village, or a small community of dedicated supporters, really can make a place like Pathways work. We’d love to have you join our family!
A Big Thanks to Authentic 231, Northern Property Maintenance, and MacBeth & Co!
This spring we held our very first Run For The Roses fundraiser, and each of these local businesses invested in our sustainability. If you're a customer, be sure to thank them - and if you aren't, maybe give them a try! This kind of community support keeps Northern Pathways Equine Center galloping into the future.
As always, we would like to thank:
Blarney Castle Oil/Dennis McCarthy
Construction Design Inc.
Little River Casino
MacBeth & Co.
Manistee Command Officers' Association
Manistee Police Officers' Association
MC Creative Services, Inc.
The Newman Family
Northern Property Maintenance
Blythe O'Donnell, DDS
One Hundred Women Who Care
One Hundred Men Who Care
Geoff and Mary Paine
E. F. Van Dorp Family Advised Fund (of the Community Foundation of the Holland Zeeland Area)
Ann and John Query
Anne and Bob Shrum
Patricia and John Veach
Robert and Sandra Vander Zwaag
Richard and Pam Van Dorp
The Van Dorp Family
Weezie's Garden Center
Thank you all so much for helping our dreams come true!