As you may know if you visit our website frequently, Manistee Habitat For Humanity approached us not long ago regarding a replacement mounting block and wheelchair ramp for our arena. The ramp is now a reality! HFH volunteers first helped us raise the cost of materials, and then worked on site for several days, during which time staff from the Manistee News Advocate visited for photos and a report. (See story link here.) The ramp is now complete, and has been tested by horses and volunteers alike.
We are continuing to raise funds for the next two tiers of the project, obtaining a wheelchair-accessible golf cart and a lift to place riders on horses. When all three pieces are in place, we’ll be able to put wheelchair users on horses - we hope as soon as next summer.
Being on horseback strengthens core muscles and improves balance, but often the greatest reward we see is the confidence, self-respect, and pure happiness that being with horses generates. We love creating that happiness.
Now, it’s your turn. We’re asking all our supporters in the community to help make our ramp, lift, and wheelchair-accessible golf cart happen! Please, give what you can, and then help us spread the word! Post a note about this project in whatever social media you use. Talk about our work. If you, or anyone you know, has used our services and found them valuable, tell EVERYONE about what we do and why you support us!
You may use the donation form here on our webpage, or if you prefer, you may send your donation to us by mail at:
Northern Pathways Equine Center
7889 Lyman Rd.
Kaleva, MI 49645
No amount is too small (or too large!) and all donations are deductible. If you’d like more information, call Mary Van Dorp at 231-233-1552, or Gayle Crampton at 231-970-1001. We are extremely grateful for your help.
We would also like to thank Walter and Carol Crowley and Parkdale Auto for their generous support of this project.