FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 18, 2016
Mt. Hope, ON
The Therapeutic Association for the Disabled (TEAD) Board of Directors and senior staff are delighted to re-open our programs after a brief pause where we accomplished a thorough review of our programs, structure and finances. Horses are returning the first week of April and the lesson schedule will resume April 25, 2016.
In October 2015 we made the difficult decision to pause all programming in December in order to conduct a thorough review. We realized that TEAD was not sustainable in our prior model and as a result have made significant adjustments. The review included an extensive environmental scan to learn best practices from our own program and other therapeutic riding programs that have been sustainable and successful over many years and also from those that have not.
Our goals going forward are to continue to deliver services that meet client needs, are of high quality but are also cost-effective and affordable. We realized that the previous program had grown beyond its ability to be cost effective so we have scaled the program down to focus on a full program of lessons for riders. We also realized that our funding model, including fundraising, was inadequate to meet program needs. In response we have made the decision to:
Going forward TEAD’s budget will be approximately $350,000 annually. With full ridership we will be able to cover 2/3 of this budget. That means we will need to raise $120,000 annually through horse sponsorships, gala event and other fundraising activities. If you wish to donate to TEAD please click the donate bar at the top of this page or contact Dr. Lindsey George.
The Board of Directors of TEAD is looking for additional members. We are particularly interested in recruiting new directors with legal, business and financial experience.
TEAD is also looking for new volunteers. Volunteers are a vital part of the program and critical to our success. We need volunteers to help with the riding program (we train you!) and to help with horse care and property maintenance.
TEAD is an inspiring organization to work in so if you think you might be interested let us know!
If you are interested in helping TEAD please contact Dr. Lindsey George at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sabrena Dorris, TEAD Board Member
Phone: 905-667-4848 ext. 105