|Nick provided the inspiration to begin DreamPower.|
Nine years later, that one client has increased to the over 300 individuals who received services from DreamPower last year. Three Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, two doctoral psychology interns, five Marriage and Family Therapy Interns, six Registered Therapeutic Riding Instructors and one Instructor in Training, as well as more than 250 individual volunteers, will serve clients and students at DreamPower this year. Ten riding horses and Patches the miniature donkey have joined the three original minis in the DreamPower herd.
|Martha was selected to receive the PATH Intl.|
EFP/L Professional of the Year Award for 2011.
|Tulips has been chosen as the PATH International Region 11|
Therapy Horse of the Year for 2011.
Nine years later, DreamPower offers eleven distinct programs and services. In the past two months we hosted the Camp for Children with Special Needs (sponsored by the Gilroy Assistance League and South Valley Community Church) and the newest program, the IBM/DreamPower Camp for Children on the Autism Spectrum. We have expanded our Animal Assisted Therapy program to include five friendly goats and the 2011 Wine, Dine and Equine raised almost $11,000 and 275 people attended this wonderful event.
As I was reflecting on the past nine years, and the exciting times I believe are ahead for DreamPower, I was reminded of this quote by William Shakespeare, "I can no other answer make, but, thanks, and thanks." That is how I feel about every staff member, volunteer, student, client, donor, supporter and horse who has helped DreamPower to become the wonderful organization it is today.
|The future looks bright as we begin our tenth year at DreamPower!|
I am thinking with very, very deep gratitude today of every staff member, volunteer, client, student, donor, supporter, horse, donkey, duck, chicken and goat that has made DreamPower into the wonderful place of healing and encouragement that it is today. Thank you all for bringing the dream this far, and I hope you are ready for a fabulous Year Ten!