Star Community, Inc.
Star Community, Inc.
13757 Broadfording Church Rd.
Hagerstown MD 21740
13674 Greencastle Pike,Hagerstown,MD 21740
Tax ID/EIN: 23-2372237
Year Founded: 1970
Last Updated 2017-01-16
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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.
100% 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:
Star Community's mission is to provide a supportive and challenging living and working experience for people with disabilities, without regard to race or creed, and to do so with respect, dignity, and love in the name of Christ.
Star\'s equestrian center offers a quality equine experience for all riders youth and adult, abled and disabled. Our riders come to our Western Maryland facility from nearby Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia and Pennsylvania. The center offers a full spectrum of programs to serve children and adults of all cognitive, physical and social abilities. Our goal is to enhance their quality of life by attending to mind, body and spirit of our riders, volunteers and other participants. We serve approximately 100 riders per week with 20 horses. The horses after completing a ninety day trial are either free leased or donated. The equestrian center is unique in the community and the only program offering these services in Washington County, MD.
We have a therapeutic animal farm. The current residents include three alpacas, a potbelly pig, two mini moo cows, two bunnies, two pigmy goats, two miniature ponies, and a miniature donkey. There are many aspects of our farm that benefit a wide variety of individuals. The initial idea was to increase community integration opportunities for our people with disabilities. Working in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, we developed the farm to engage children in the educational process of animals, agriculture and maintaining a green environment. Additionally, as documented by American Humane Society research, animal-assisted therapy helps children who have experienced abuse or neglect, patients undergoing chemotherapy or other difficult medical treatments, and veterans and their families struggling to cope with the effects of wartime military service. Equine and other animal assisted therapy is associated with reduced state anxiety levels individuals with a variety of psychiatric and mood disorders. We have witnesses an increase in confidence and self-esteem among the individuals interacting with the animals. Moreover, the program provides supportive employment opportunities for individuals with disabilities.