COVID-19 Updates

 

PATH Intl. CEO Kathy Alm is featured in this special news story discussing the impact and challenges of the pandemic for participants at therapeutic riding centers as lessons are put on hold.

Therapeutic horseback riders eager to get back to lessons

  

  

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Hello RVR Family,

I am hopeful that you are coping well with sheltering in place and staying healthy. We appreciate all of you and look forward to seeing you when we can reopen!

The safety and well-being of our riders, drivers and volunteers remain our number one priority. We continue to monitor the ongoing concerns regarding the COVID-19 virus as we plan for tentative training and program start dates. We expected to make this decision after May 4th, but now with the Minnesota shelter in place order extended to May 18th, we will wait until after this new date to evaluate our plans for scheduling lessons. We will also consider the national, state and county recommendations as we plan our reopen date.

The reopen will be done in phases, with limited participants, volunteers, horses at first and gradually building up, evaluating the situation before entering into each new phase. There will be no volunteer training or lessons until at least July. More communications will follow in early June.

I want to remind you about the exciting $300,000 matching grant from the FS Foundation which will help fund our next phase of the Afton facility build. The FS Foundation's mission is to foster independence, sense of purpose, and access to alternative learnings and therapies. They are a private family foundation.

These Afton site improvements will include the heated office shell with finished bathrooms and observation room, heat for the indoor arena, and a separate mounting area on the south side of arena. Included in this phase is also a paved driveway and parking lot. This matching grant will double the impact of your donation to the Afton improvement fund for the expansion of services benefiting our riders and drivers.

Give Now!

Now more than ever, every gift, no matter the size, can help change the lives of our riders and drivers. With your support, RVR will come through these challenging days stronger and more resilient in our sustainability.

Thank you so much and take care. We will continue to communicate over this month regarding our reopen plans.

Best regards,
Cheryl Holt
Executive Director

 

 

4/17/2020

Hello RVR Family,

I am hopeful that you are enjoying the promise of Spring and are coping well with sheltering in place. Please share with me how can RVR help you until we can be together again.

We appreciate you!

  • Thank you dedicated volunteers and instructors - you are the hands and feet of RVR!
  • Thank you riders, drivers, and families - you inspire us!
  • Thank you generous donors - you are the heart of RVR!
  • Thank you Board of Directors past and present – for the sustainability you have created!
  • Also we thank our special horses – the soul of RVR!

We are not 100% sure when we can safely provide lessons yet. In early May, after the MN shelter in place order is lifted, we will consider the national and state recommendations and plan a start date.

I’m happy to share some very exciting news to brighten your day! RVR was awarded a $300,000 matching grant from the FS Foundation which will help fund our next phase of the Afton facility build. The FS Foundation's mission is to foster independence, self-reliance, pride of craftsmanship, sense of purpose, and increased access to alternative learning styles for under-resourced adults. They are a private family foundation. These Afton site improvements will include the heated office shell with finished bathrooms and observation room, heat for the indoor arena, and a separate mounting area on the south side of arena. A paved driveway and parking lot are also included in this phase. This matching grant will double the impact of your donation to the Afton improvement fund for the expansion of services benefiting our riders and drivers.

Give Now!

You will help change lives as together we have been doing for the past 20 years. Your gift will multiply these efforts.

Please be assured that RVR will come through these challenging days stronger and more resilient. You can depend on RVR because of the financial reserves in place to keep our expenses paid, such as the mortgage, insurance, etc.

Thank you so much and take care. We will send another update in early May.

Best regards,
Cheryl Holt
Executive Director