GUARDIAN PROFILE - Last Updated: 05/01/2018
I. GOVERNANCE, MANAGEMENT & CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Chief Staff Officer:  Jilma L. Meneses
Employees: Full-Time: 257 Part-Time: 252 Volunteers: 4027
Does your organization utilize a management company for management and administration? No
Describe your training process for employees and volunteers and the types of human resource documents used in your organization including job descriptions, evaluations, etc. In 2014, Catholic Charities achieved national certification as a Service Enterprise, demonstrating our commitment to leverage the skills and talents of volunteers across all levels to achieve our mission to strengthen families, and reduce poverty locally. Less than 15 percent of organizations nationwide have obtained this certification. In fiscal year 2015, Catholic Charities served 37,747 individuals, and our substantial community impact was partially made possible due to our dedicated panel of 4,027 volunteers donating 75,804 hours of their valuable time.
All of our volunteers are finger-printed and undergo an 8 hour in-person volunteer orientation class before stepping foot inside a program and interacting with program participants.
Board meetings per year: 4
Number of Board Members: 30 Number of Voting Board Members: 30
Is Board Chair compensated? No Is Treasurer compensated? No
Are there any other Voting Board Members that are compensated? No
Are any members of the Board or Staff related to each other through family or business relationships? No
Are any Board members or Staff associated with and/or compensated by another organization with a relationship or business affiliation to your organization? No
Conflict of Interest:
Does your organization have a written conflict of interest policy and regularly and consistently monitor and enforce compliance with the policy, including requiring officers, directors or trustees, and key employees to disclose annually interests that could give rise to conflicts? Yes
1. What percent of your total programs and services are horse-related? 3%
2. Describe your specific horse-related programs services or activities:
St. Vincent’s Therapeutic Equestrian Program is an adjunctive therapy to the Clinical Department, providing mental health therapy that helps each child develop skills and learning strategies to promote self-esteem and positive self-identity. Due to the past traumas they have endured, many of the boys at St. Vincent’s exhibit anti-social and aggressive behavior. St. Vincent’s Therapeutic Equestrian Program plays a significant role in helping these troubled boys improve their behavior, a result supported by formal research. A 1997 study by Elizabeth Tate Pearson noted that Equine Assisted Therapy programs are effective in reducing the participants’ violent and self-destructive behavior and produce “significant decreases in aggression” among troubled male adolescents.
Supervised by a trained equestrian clinical practitioner who works closely with individual rehabilitation specialists, St. Vincent’s Therapeutic Equestrian Program provides a unique opportunity for the boys to build trust, heal emotional scars, develop riding skills, foster confidence, and experience a sense of accomplishment. Many of the boys who come to us have been so severely traumatized that they find it almost impossible to form lasting, emotional bonds with anyone. Animals, however, have an extraordinary way of reaching children. To be able to connect with the horses at St. Vincent’s gives the boys a wonderful, non-threatening opportunity to engage in a relationship of love and devotion on a deep level.
Through St. Vincent’s Therapeutic Equestrian Program, our boys receive the individualized treatment and care they need to develop healthy social, cognitive, and emotional behaviors. Fundamental Learning Elements of the Program are:
-Unconditional Positive Reward
Annually over 60 boys participate in this enriching and rewarding program. Thirteen beautiful horses live on the St. Vincent’s campus and participate in St. Vincent’s Therapeutic Equestrian Program. The boys at St. Vincent’s aren’t the only ones getting a second chance at life. Just six of the thirteen horses have any resale value, meaning a dire future would await most of them were it not for this program. Instead, the horses receive more care and attention than they would in almost any other circumstance and can live out their lives in a beautiful setting, surrounded by people who care very much for them.
3. Enter the total number of facilities/locations where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for: 1
4. Describe your non-horse-related programs, services or activities you provide, including those involving other animals. Founded in 1907 and rooted in our faith traditions of charity and justice, Catholic Charities supports families, aging and disabled adults, and youth through social services and opportunities for healthy growth and development.
Catholic Charities serves annually more than 37,000 Bay Area residents in San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, and Sonoma counties. We administer 35 programs in five service areas: Aging Support Services, Children and Youth Services, Behavioral Health Services, Homelessness and Housing Services, and Refugee and Immigrant Services. All of our program services are provided to our community’s poor and working poor families and individuals, regardless of age, race, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, marital status or socioeconomic status.
Within our Therapeutic Equestrian Program, we have goats, cats and chickens that have been integrated into the therapy program. Some of our youth not only work with these animals, they care for them and have individualized therapy sessions unrelated to the horses with them.
5. Does your organization operate programs involved with animals other than horses? Yes
1. Describe your equine management philosophies, practices, policies and operations with respect
to the use of the horses in your program, including the rehabilitation and retraining (if applicable),
ongoing training, schooling and exercising plan for each horse and your policy as to the number and
condition of the horses accepted by your organization.
Supervised by a trained equestrian clinical practitioner who works closely with individual rehabilitation specialists, St. Vincent’s Therapeutic Equestrian Program provides a unique opportunity for the boys to build trust, heal emotional scars, foster confidence, and experience a sense of accomplishment while they develop riding skills. Many of the boys who come to us have been so severely traumatized that they find it almost impossible to form lasting, emotional bonds with anyone. Animals, however, have an extraordinary way of reaching children. To be able to connect with the horses at St. Vincent’s gives the boys a non-threatening opportunity to engage in a relationship of love and devotion on a deep level.
2. Describe how your horses are acquired (adoption, seizure, surrender, donation, purchase,
auction sale, retirement).
We purchased seven of our thirteen horses. Six were donated by people closely related to the program and are impeccable horse people themselves. When we seek out a new horse, first and foremost, our Equestrian Supervisor puts the word out in the Equestrian Community and word spreads fast. This is how we found our most recent addition Jazzy. Two of our horses were from sellers at reputable boarding facilities.
3. Describe under what circumstances horses leave your organization.
Please describe in detail your horse adoption/fostering practices and procedures including any recruitment initiatives
you have to attract potential adopters.
Please include your policies and practices with respect to horses that are no longer useful or manageable and horses
that need to be retired.
We have made a commitment to not sell any of our horses, regardless of if they work out for our program or not. If a horse does not work out for our program due to being unsafe and/or aggressive, we find them a home with a contract that states that if for any reason they are unable to care for said animal we will take them back to then find another home. None of our animals are sent to auction, slaughter or euthanized regardless of the circumstances surrounding their need to be rehomed. Previously, horses were retired at one of our major donator's' winery in Healdsburg, CA but we have now committed to retiring all horses on site. We euthanize our horses for the reasons you stated EXCEPT we do not euthanize horses deemed to dangerous to adopt out because we would never allow such a horse on the property in the first place.
4. For new horses, describe your initial assessment process for each horse (i.e. physical examination,
test ride, health record, Coggins test, quarantine, veterinary consult, etc.).
When we decide that we are in need of a new horses there are specific requirements that must be met prior to consideration to our program. We inform potential sellers/donators that the horse must be under the age of 15, have no history of aggressiveness, be kid-safe both on the ground and in the saddle, and be able to pass a pre-purchase exam with a veterinarian of our choice. Additionally, when we are looking for a horse we know why (for example, we need a small horse/pony for our younger clients or we need a horse that is forward and of average height for our advanced riders). After speaking with the horses' care giver, I go to their facility physically and do an assessment of confirmation, temperament, and a test ride. If that is successful, I come out a second time with my assistant and I have them and myself ride the horse again in the arena and preferably out on a trail as well. If the horse is deemed safe, we do a pre-purchase exam. We do not accept horses that have not passed the pre-purchase exam for any reason- if there is a question of soundness we have x-rayed the area in question. Horses that have been accepted must be fully vaccinated 2 weeks prior to being allowed onto the property. We don't quarantine horses when they arrive- we don't have the facility to do so. However, we do have a two week assessment period for new horses in which we more closely evaluate for temperament, riding strengths and weaknesses and where they will fit in with the herd. During this time, they are kept in a stall with a paddock to allow them to safely interact with our herd while keeping the risk of injury to a minimum.
5. Describe your overall horse health care plan and how you assess and monitor the health of your
horses on an ongoing basis. Include a description of your vaccination and worming schedule.
Include a description of your health/veterinary care plan for at-risk animals, geriatric horses
and horses with serious issues.
We schedule the Veterinarian to come to our facility every 3-4 months to perform routine vaccinations, teeth floating and worming. We check our horses every day for potential illnesses, injuries or lameness issues and consult with our veterinarian whenever necessary. Our on-site retired horse Cowboy and semi-retired horse Bo receive daily Equioxx for on-going health maintenance issues ( degenerative Navicular Disease and Arthritis). Our horses weight is assessed on an on-going basis using the Henneke Body Scale. All of our horses have a specialized feeding plan based upon their dietary needs.
6. What is the euthanasia policy? Please include specifically under what circumstances your organization
will euthanize a horse and whether your organization will euthanize a healthy but difficult horse
We are a no kill organization. Euthanasia is only a consideration in quality of life situations, in the event of extreme injury or illness, or in the case of a dangerous horse where human safety is at risk. We do NOT euthanize any horse to create additional space.
7. What is the breeding policy? Please include specifically if horses become pregnant while in your
care, and if there is a no-breeding clause in the documentation your organization uses to adopt,
donate, sell, etc. a horse:
We do not breed horses.
8. Does your organization provide horses to any facility to use in research or medical
9. If your answer to Question 8 is 'Yes', please explain where and for what purpose horses are provided to use in research or medical training? NA
10. Does your organization sell, donate or give a horse to an auction?
11. If your answer to Question 10 is 'Yes', describe under the circumstances where you have sold, donated, or given a horse to an auction, or where you would sell, donate, or give a horse to an auction. NA
12. Does your organization place horses in foster care?
13. If your answer to Question 12 is 'Yes', describe how foster homes are selected, screened, and monitored and address all the questions below for each foster home in the space provided: NA
14. What is the average equine adoption fee/donation received by your organization: Not applicable; None received
15. Adoption Fee Policies
16. What is your position regarding varying adoption fees vs. one set fee:
Our organization has never considered this concept.
17. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed:
This section must be completed for each facility/location where the horses used in the conduct of your horse-related programs are housed and cared for. For example, if the applicant is involved with horse rescue and utilizes foster care facilities, the applicant must complete this section for each foster care facility. If the applicant provides equine assisted activities/services to the public at more than one location, the applicant must complete this section for each location that horse-related services are provided. If your organization uses the facility of another organization, please enlist the aid of that organization in answering the questions.
Total facilities at which our organization operates horse-related programs: 1.
Location 1 of 1
St. Vincent's School for Boys
1 St Vincents Dr, San Rafael CA 94903
1. Facility General Questions
1. Name of Contact: Kent Eagleson
2. Contact's Phone: (415) 507-20
3. Contact's Email: KEagleson@CatholicCharitiesSF.org
4. Does your organization own, lease or use a part of this facility? Own
5-8. Not Applicable.
9. Does your organization operate programs involving horses AT THIS FACILITY that serve individuals with special needs, including but not limited to equine assisted activities and therapies? Yes
10. Enter the total number of instructors/trainers (full-time and part-time) involved with your organization's horse-related programs at this facility: 2.
2. Facility Horse-Related Questions
1. Enter the total acreage dedicated specifically to the horses: 800
2. Describe the number and type of pastures and paddocks, fencing, enclosures, stabling including barns and run-in sheds. We have 6 pastures ranging in size from 3/4 of an acre to 15 acres, 3 stalls with attached paddocks, and a 9 stall barn. All of our pastures have their own shelters and all locations have automatic waterers. The majority of our fencing is the traditional wood fencing with 3 boards, and a limited amount of pipe fencing. Our gates are all galvanized metal gates that can be safely secured with both a chain and a padlock if need be. Our Stall doors are traditional wood that allow the horse to put their heads out of the lower half of the door, or can be closed completely.
3. Describe how you manage the use of your pastures/paddocks given the size and number of your pastures/paddocks and the number of horses you have at this facility.
We have the ability to give each of our 13 horses their own individual area (pasture, stall with paddock or stall), but find that they prefer to be in pasture with one another due to their herd instincts and social natures. We separate our horses based upon their hierarchal place in the larger herd as well as their dietary needs. A few examples: Our two horses that are retired or semi-retired are often in a pasture together as they are both low in the social hierarchy of the herd and have the same dietary needs. We also have three ponies that are kept together as they do not need to be fed nearly as much as some of our larger horses. Our mares are separated at all times as they do not get along, and have their favorite "boyfriends" that they do well with. If a horse is injured or sick we keep them in either a stall or stall with paddock. When the weather is too cold or too hot we move the horses to stalls so that they are kept cooler/warmer, or to ensure that there is no competition for shade/weather protection.
4. How many hours of daily turnout do the horses get? (Estimate or Average) 24
5. Describe the area where your training, riding and equine related activities are conducted, including what type of footing/surface is utilized and what factors were considered to determine the suitability and condition of the area for the activities conducted.
Riding takes place both in our arena and on on-site trails. Our arena is a blend of sand and rubber and is dragged a minimum of once a week (depends on use, if used more dragged more often) to ensure even, soft footing. The arena is watered as needed for dust purposes. The trails used are designated and inspected seasonally prior to use. Trails are designated areas that are flat and grass/dirt where it has been deemed appropriate to ride (free of holes, branches, etc).
6. Is the facility in compliance with the Care Guidelines for Rescue and Retirement Facilities prepared by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (whether or not your organization is directly involved with rescue and retirement)? Yes
7. If no, please explain and specifically describe the areas in which the facility is not compliant. Not Applicable
8. If this facility is recognized as compliant with the published standards of another applicable organization, and/or accredited by another applicable organization, including any state licensure or registration process, please provide the details.
9. Describe the availability/accessibility of emergency horse transportation at this facility.
We are located just off a paved road and have a road base that travels alongside the barn and main pastures. Trucks, horse trailers, emergency vehicles (including fire trucks) can easily access the equestrian facilities. In case of an emergency, we have several local horsemen and horsewomen who are able to transport our horses off property and have a facility that has volunteered to take our horses in the case of an emergency.
10. Do the horses have specific tack assignments? Yes
11. Describe the plan, process and/or procedures to insure appropriate assessment of tack and the use for saddle fittings, tack, blankets, etc.
All equipment is evaluated prior to use to ensure it is in good working order as well as fits appropriately. Having taken a saddle fitting course, I assess various points of contact between the horse and their saddle to ensure proper fit and have several different types of saddle pads to ensure comfort and fit. Blankets are used as appropriate and proper measurements are taken to make sure all blankets fit well.
12. Describe the system used by your organization to help staff and volunteers readily identify each horse on the property.
We have a booklet in the tackroom that contains all of our animals basic info. including but not limited to a picture of them, their name, age, height, etc. Additionally, during the agencies larger "New Employee Training," all new employees come to the barn for an hour and meet each horse first hand and learn about the programs' intricacies and purpose.
13. Describe your housing plan and the turnout process/plan for horses normally stall bound.
None of our horses are normally stall bound. In the case that a horse has to be "stall bound" it would be due to weather or injury. In the case of incremental weather, we would turn out (weather appropriate) the horse for as long as possible or hand walk them in our large barn a minimum of 20 minutes every two hours over an 8 hour period. In the case of a horse being stall bound due to injury, we would consult with our veterinarian and follow their individualized care plan.
14. Describe your feed, feed management plan and your guidelines for the use of supplements.
We visually inspect our horses daily to determine if they are an appropriate weight and adjust accordingly. We have the possibility of having our horses in one of our two dirt pastures, in one of our 4 grass pastures, a stall with attached run or simple stall. We keep a mixture of rye/wild oat and grass hay on hand at all times. We give out hay and grain our horses specific to their dietary needs. For example, one of our donated ponies has a history of foundering so we keep him in one of the dirt pastures during the spring time and when the sugar content of the grass is at its highest. He gets hay 3 x a day- 1 grass flake for breakfast and dinner, 1 rye flake for lunch. For grain, we give him 1 cup of a low-carb complete feed with a (veterinarian recommended) scoop of electrolytes in the summer. We consult with our veterinarian regarding the use of supplements/medication.
15. How do you use the Henneke Body Conditioning Score to guide you in your hennekeing/exercising/use practices for each horse?
All of our horses fit in the 4-6 range of the Henneke Body Conditioning Score. We inspect our horses on an on going, daily basis to ensure their physical landscape. If a horse falls closer to the 4 range we oftentimes increase their hay/grain (slowly and safely) or move them into a grass pasture to bring their number up. In such a case, we may also back off of how often they are ridden, although on average our horses are ridden 4x a week. If a horse is closer to a 6, we may decrease their time in the grass pasture or hay/grain intake and increase the number of rides or intensity of their work under saddle; never more than 5x a week or longer than 45 minutes if in the arena or 1.5 hours if a walking trail ride.
16. Please describe your activities to limit or control the advent and spread of disease within your facility (Biosecurity plan). This should include but is not limited to your manure management and disposal procedures, your carcass disposal plan and your parasite control plan. Please indicate the role of your veterinarian in the development and implementation of your overall plan.
No horses other than the ones owned by St. Vincent's are allowed on the premise, nor do we take our horses off-site. Our horses vaccines are kept up to date. In the case of a disease or illness out break, that horse is moved into a stall where they can not have contact with another horse. Bleach stations are set up as necessary and the stall is kept clean to minimize flies. Fly bags and fly spray are used. Medical gloves are worn. On an on-going base manure is disposed of in a specific area, approximately 1/2 a mile from the barn and spread appropriately. Whenever a horse becomes ill, the veterinarian is consulted first and foremost and their expertise is used to develop specific, appropriate plan(s) to ensure the safety and well-being of all of our horses. In the case of a horses' death the veterinarian helps to have their body removed and repurposed elsewhere. No horses are buried on the property and all deceased animals are evaluated by the veterinarian via autopsy to determine cause of death. In the 11 years I have been here, one horse "Paint" died of old age/heart problems age 38, "Skeeter" to Colic, age 34 and deemed too old for surgery, and "DT" or "Double Trouble", age 27, to stomach cancer.
17. Please describe your emergency preparedness plans that address weather related issues, fire safety procedures and/or any additional hazardous scenarios your facility could potentially experience.
As a part of our on-going accreditation process thru the Coalition of Accreditation (COA), we have an in-depth safety plan that addresses all area of emergency preparedness including but not limited to medical emergencies for clients and animals, evacuation and safety plans for a variety of natural and non-natural disasters, building/facility exit plans, fire extinguishers in all buildings, checklist for first aid kits, vehicle safety maintenance checklists and step-by-step protocols for notifying emergency and personal of any emergencies posted near the tackroom phone.
18. Please describe the security in place at the facility or facilities to restrict public access and to keep horses safe. Do you have a security system and/or on-premises caretaker?
There is a large gate with several signs posted on and around it stating that those without permission to be on site will be prosecuted with the law. Furthermore, we have an on-call system in place in which the horses are checked on throughout the night by two "Night Awakes" who check on the animals along with the other buildings on site. Our horses gates are secured with padlocks that the Night Awakes have on their key ring, along with the Equestrian Staff/Volunteers, and Maintenance Staff. Emergency personal are able to cut the locks.
19. Provide the contact information for the individual or organization responsible for investigating
abuse in the county where the facility is located, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
The Marin Humane Society 171 Bel Marin Keys, Novato, CA (415)883-4621
20. Other than the animal control authority noted above, provide the contact information for all local, state and/or national authorities with whom your organization engages to address issues impacting horse welfare, including mailing address, email address, and phone information.
View The Vet Checklist conducted on 08/09/2017
Veterinarian: Artaurus Veterinary Clinic
Clinic Name: Artaurus Veterinary Clinic Street: 1384 Skillman Lane City: Petaluma State: CA Zip: 94952
Phone: 707-763-1972 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Instructors assigned to this Facility
(see Instructor Section)
1. Instructor: Kent Eagleson
2. Instructor: Lauraleigh Hungerford
3. Instructor: Reanne Remlinger
2 -> 3 - The total number of instructors entered for this facility does not match the number of instructors assigned to this facility under Instructors.
3. Facility Horse-Related Inventory Questions
1-a. Enter the total number of horses involved with your organization's programs that are currently housed at this facility: 13.
1-b. Enter the total number of horses housed at this facility: 13
1-c. Enter the maximum capacity of horses at this facility: 18
2016 Horse Inventory
1-d. Did your organization operate programs involving horses HOUSED AT THIS FACILITY during January 1-December 31, 2016? Please select Yes or No. Yes
13 2-a. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on January 1, 2016.
+ 1 2-b. Total number of intakes other than returns including donated, purchased, surrendered or rescued.
+ 0 2-c. Total number of horses returned.
14 = Total of 2a-2c
- 0 2-d. Total number of horses adopted during the year.
- 0 2-e. Total number of horses transferred to another facility during the year.
- 1 2-f. Total number of horses deceased during the year.
1 = Total of 2d-2f
13 2-g. Total number of horses housed at this facility involved with your programs on December 31, 2016.
13 2-h. Total number of horses not retired including horses undergoing rehabilitation and/or retraining.
0 2-i. Total number of horses permanently retired.
2016 Horse Care Costs
$10000 Feed (Grain/Hay).
$500 Manure Removal.
$13000 Medications & Supplements.
$5000 Horse/Barn Supplies.
$65263 Horse Care Staff.
$0 Horse Training.
$0 Other direct horse-related costs not including overhead or other program costs.
$119013 2016 Total Horse Care Costs
$ 2016 Total Donated Horse Care Costs
4745 Grand total of the total number of days each equine was in the care of this facility during 2016.
Average cost per day per horse: $25
Question 3 ($119,013 ) divided by Question 4 (4745).
Average length of stay for an equine: 339 days
Question 4 (4745) divided by total of Questions 2a-c (14).
4. Self Assessment
I. Facility & Grounds
1. Signage: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time
2. Lighting: Are rules, restrictions and warnings posted in or near appropriate areas? All of the time
3. Emergency Contacts: Are emergency contacts posted in easily accessible locations for staff members if only cell phones are available or by each phone if landlines are available? All of the time
4. First Aid Kits: Are human and equine first aid kits up-to-date and easily accessible? All of the time
1. Condition of surface: Are horses provided a clean, dry area on which to stand & lay? All of the time
2. Flooring - drainage & traction: Are floors constructed and maintained for both good drainage and traction? All of the time
3. Ventilation for enclosed shelters: Is there adequate ventilation and circulation to control temperature and prevent buildup of toxic gases? All of the time
4. Electrical wiring condition: Is wiring inaccessible to horses and maintained for safety? All of the time
5. Fire Prevention & protective measures: Are fire prevention and protection measures including fire alarms, extinguishers and sprinkler systems, maintained and in good working order? All of the time
6. Quarantine/Isolation: Is there a designated and separate area for isolation and quarantine? Yes
7. Ill/injured containment: If horses live outside, is there a designated and separate area (stall or enclosure) to house ill/injured horses? Yes
8. Are the horses housed in stalls/enclosures? Yes-All of the time
8-a. If yes, Stall/enclosure size: Do structures allow horses to lie down, stand up and turn around? All
8-b. If yes, Stall/enclosure cleanliness: How often are stalls/enclosures cleaned? 6-7 days a week
8-c. If yes, Adequate ceiling & beam height: Is there a minimum of 12 inches above the tip of the horse's ear when standing? All of the time
1. Turnout/Exercise Space & opportunity: Is there space and opportunity for horses to exercise or be turned out? All of the time
2. Fencing - type, height, safety: Are these spaces appropriately fenced? All
3. Use of electric wire or tape fence: Are electric wires or tape fence visibly marked? Please select 'All or NA' if electric wire or tape fence is not used. All or NA
4. Condition of fences & gates: Are fences and gates functioning properly by being maintained and repaired when needed? All
5. Condition of paddock/yard: Are these spaces free from equipment and debris? All
6. Availability of shelter: Are natural or man-made shelters available to horses for protections from elements? All of the time
7. Cleanliness: How often are these spaces cleaned? Daily or 6 Days a Week
II. Horse Care
1. Hoof Care: How often is hoof care provided for each horse? Every 1-2 months
2. Dental Care: How often is dental care provided for each horse? Annually
3. Physical Examinations: How often is each horse given a physical exam by a veterinarian? Annually
4. Horse checks: How often are horses visually and physically checked by personnel at the facility? 6-7 days a week
5. Food & Water Storage: Are all hay, feed, grain and water sources clean, free of debris and chemicals, and protected from weather and other animals? All of the time
6. Drinking water: How often do horses have access to clean drinking water? All of the time
6. Public-Related Questions
(required if programs serve individuals with special needs)
1. How many clients participate in the programs at this facility? 60
2. How many hours per week do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 40
3. How many weeks per year do you operate the horse-related programs at this facility? 52
4. What is the average wait list time? 0 (Weeks/Months/Years)
5. How many hours per day does each horse work? (Estimate or Average)
Mounted: 1.00  Un-Mounted: 3.00  Total: 4
6. How many days per week does each horse work? (Estimate or Average) 4
7. What percent of your programs and services at this facility are mounted (vs. ground-based)? 33%
8. Provide any additional explanation to your answers if needed. The number of total non-repetitive clients served annually varies between 40-65. The total number of mounted lessons weekly denotes the number of official/billable groups. The total number of unmounted lessons weekly represents the number of hours when residents participate in the program as "free time," largely based on unmounted learning, however, some of this time can be used for riding.
1. *Instructor: Kent Eagleson
St. Vincent's School for Boys
Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? No
Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Fifty years is a long time to do anything, let alone dedicate your life to serving the most marginalized and vulnerable in your community. Yet that is exactly what Kent Eagleson has done. For the past 50 years, Kent has been an example of what can be achieved through perseverance, commitment, and concern for the needs of others. Kent began his career with Catholic Charities as a Program Counselor for San Francisco Boys’ and Girls’ Homes, providing young people with an alternative to juvenile hall, and continued to rise through the ranks of leadership. From 2002-2017, Kent was the Executive Director of Catholic Charities St. Vincent’s School for Boys in San Rafael. In April 2017, Kent transitioned to Executive Director Emeritus for St. Vincent’s, allowing him to focus on his passion of legacy creation by raising private donations for St. Vincent’s operations and capital needs. Founded as an orphanage in 1855, St. Vincent’s is one of the oldest institutions west of the Mississippi dedicated exclusively to the care of severely abused and traumatized boys from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties. St. Vincent’s has been a beacon of hope and a sanctuary that has helped over 50,000 boys during the past 160 years. While directing St. Vincent’s, Kent built the Therapeutic Equestrian Program, in which horses are used as a means for our young men to gain self-understanding and emotional growth. Many of the boys who come to us have been so severely traumatized that they find it almost impossible to form lasting, emotional bonds with anyone. Animals, however, have an extraordinary way of reaching children. To be able to connect with the horses at St. Vincent's gives the boys a non-threatening opportunity to experience love and trust—bonds which are stepping stones to healthy relationships with other people. Of the thirteen horses that live on the St. Vincent's campus and participate in the Therapeutic Equestrian Program, six were donated personally by Kent. Kent is tireless in his commitment to fundraising, a role he assumed. Leveraging relationships built over his career, Kent has raised over $1,000,000 in private donations to repair the exteriors on all five of the boy’s houses, build an athletic field, as well as construct new outdoor recreation spaces for the boys and their families. An unassuming and humble man, Kent continues to be a force in the service of innocent victims of poverty, abuse, trauma, and neglect. Through Kent’s unwavering efforts, he and his staff help these children heal and grow into healthy, productive citizens. Kent has raised the bar with his passion for the Catholic Charities mission of strengthening families and reducing poverty - one person at a time. When asked what motivates him to continue to do the work, his modest response is simply “It’s the work I’m supposed to do.”
2. *Instructor: Lauraleigh Hungerford
St. Vincent's School for Boys
Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Provide the name of the certifying organization.Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association
Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2006
Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Lauraleigh has a Master's in Counseling from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is a certified Mental Health Professional thru the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA).
Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Lauraleigh joined St. Vincent's School for Boys in 2006 and has been the Equestrian Supervisor since July of 2007. She has a Master's in Counseling from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is a certified Mental Health Professional through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA). Lauraleigh currently oversees the management and day-to-day operations of the Equestrian Therapeutic Program serving boys ages 8-18 with histories of mental illness and violence. Under her leadership, the boys are able to gain valuable interpersonal skills, confidence and knowledge that translates to the larger community. Her theoretical orientation is client-centered, strengths- based and goal-oriented. She is currently getting her PhD in Psychology, attending Meridian University. Her proposed dissertation revolves around the use of equine therapy and youth in residential treatment. Outside of work, Lauraleigh continues to pursue her horsemanship skills while in full-training five days a week with United Stated Dressage Federation (USDF) Gold Medalist Rebecca Cushman on her horse "Twiggy."
3. *Instructor: Reanne Remlinger
St. Vincent's School for Boys
Is the instructor certified by an organization that provides training in the programs, activities and/or services conducted by the organization? Yes
Provide the name of the certifying organization.EAGALA
Enter the year that the certification was awarded. (yyyy)2016
Is the instructor's certification considered 'active' by the certifying organization? Yes
Briefly describe the nature/level of the certification.Certified as the "Equine Specialist" through EAGALA
Please use the space below to share any additional information about this instructor. Reanne obtained her B.A. from Chico in 2012. She was an in-home counselor for Foster Family Agency (FFA) at St. Vincent's School for Boys from 2012-2013. In 2016 Reanne was promoted to the Equestrian Team Leader.