10509 108th Street N.W.
Annandale MN 55302
8046 83rd St NW,Maple Lake,MN 55358
Tax ID/EIN: 41-1543013
Year Founded: 2012
Last Updated 2017-01-25
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Why are we a Messenger?
The EQUUS Foundation has designated our organization as a Messenger. Click here to learn more about our horse care and use practices.
Messengers are organizations on the Equine Welfare Network that demonstrate a commitment to public transparency and accountability by their willingness to publish and share extensive data about their operations.
Primary Focus involving horses (Horse Welfare, Public Service, Sport & Recreation): Public Service
Our organization operates programs involved with providing equine assisted activities and therapies (EAAT) using certified instructors for individuals with special needs.
Our organization is directly responsible for the care of horses to provide its services.
15% of our total programs and services are horse-related.
Our organization conducts its horse-related programs at one facility.
Our organization operates programs involved with horses and other animals.
Our Mission/How we are involved with horses:
True Friends' mission is to provide life-changing experiences that enhance independence and self-esteem for children and adults with disabilities. Our vision is a world where experiences and adventures are open to people of all abilities. Year-round camp and respite experiences enable those with disabilities to challenge themselves through outdoor activities.
In 2013 True Friends established True Strides, a formal hippotherapy and therapeutic horseback riding (THR) Program to add increased value, new experiences, targeted therapy and unique challenges to program participants.
In 2013 True Friends established True Strides, a formal hippotherapy and therapeutic horseback riding (THR) Program to add increased value, new experiences, targeted therapy and unique challenges to program participants. True Strides provides riding opportunities that benefit riders in the areas of therapy, education, sport and recreation through two program elements: <br/>1. Offer onsite horsemanship and riding camp sessions and expand opportunities for campers from any session to interact with and learn about horses during summer camps.<br/>2. Develop stand-alone therapeutic riding and hippotherapy programs, offering weekly group and individual classes in six-week sessions for riders with disabilities, injuries, sensory dysfunction and more.
True Friendsâ€™ year-round camp and respite experiences benefit families by providing opportunities for their children, teens and adults with a variety of disabilities to challenge themselves through outdoor activities.
Primary programs, day and resident camps, are offered summer and winter; and respite camps are offered weekends year-round. Programs include:
Resident Camps feature typical activities like fishing, hiking, boating adapted for each personâ€™s abilities.
Day Camp â€“ half and full day camps are offered and include an option for an overnight cabin stay.
Specialty Camps gather groups of campers with Down syndrome, autism, Aspergers, ADD/ADHD among others to foster friendships among peers and focus staffing and programming to population specifics.
Respite Care â€“ This service offers weekend programming year-round. When their child comes to our site, parents get a break from their responsibilities to relax, travel or spend quality time with their other kids.
Partner Camps offer camp sites, staff and programming for organizations serving children with cancer, muscular dystrophy, celiac disease, multiple sclerosis, arthritis and other health concerns.
At summer camp, a small onsite farm enables individuals with disabilities to interact and care for small domestic and farm animals such as goats, lambs, rabbits, chickens, piglets and calves.