Hope Services and Hope, Horses & Kids To Hold First Annual Fundraiser Sunday November 10th at Buckeye Ranch

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  • Salinas, CA (1888PressRelease) November 02, 2013 - Hope, Horses & Kids has been helping Hope Services Clients will learn basic horsemanship, life skills and leadership for the past year. To raise funds for the program and continue to be able to bring Hope Services Clients to the ranch to learn life and leadership skills, Hope, Horses & Kids and Hope Services will hold their first ever fundraiser.

    The Details:

    Location is The Buckeye Ranch 220 J. San Benancio Salinas Gate Code #5529
    Date: Sunday, November 10, 2013
    Time 2:00-4:00 p.m.
    Cost: Attendees will pay $15 for the opportunity to either decorate a pumpkin themselves or to choose a pumpkin decorated by Hope Services clients.
    To pre-purchase tickets go to https://www.eventbrite.com/event/8971956363
    Tickets will also be sold at the door.
    Decorate a pumpkin! These pumpkins will make wonderful centerpieces for the Thanksgiving table. If you do not want to take your decorate pumpkin, after the event all pumpkins decorate and not claimed will be taken to Dorothy's Place to decorate their dinner tables.
    Savor small bites
    Sip local wines
    While at the ranch the guests will have the opportunity to visit with our clients, meet our horses and tour our facility. The CSUMB equestrian team will be on hand for pony rides.
    Partners who are working together to put on this event:
    - Hope, Horses & Kids
    - Hope Services
    - ISM -International School of Monterey (an elementary school in Seaside)
    - Carmel Middle School

    Background on Hope Services:
    Hope Services is a non-profit organization whose mission is to assist adults with developmental disabilities to live and participate in their communities. Hope Services -Community Integration Training Program is designed to integrate folks with a wide range of disabilities into community living. The CIT program serves people with developmental disabilities such as Down's Syndrome, Autism, Cerebral Palsy and Mental Retardation. Clients enrolled in this program participate in activities such as volunteering for Meals on Wheels, SPCA, and cleaning local green spaces. CIT also offers employment opportunities such as electronic waste recycling, Adopt A Highway litter abatement program, and other recycling / green business activities. Hope clients also participate in classes at Monterey Peninsula College, exercising at the local Sports Center, and gardening in many local community gardens. All activities are intended to have the participant's seen as contributing and participating members of their communities. Through volunteerism and paid work opportunities, Hope Services staff feel that we can change the stereotypes that are often associated with the population we serve as dependent and non -contributing.

    Event hosted by Hope, Horses & Kids:

    Kids with little control over their lives find riding and working with horses an empowering and exhilarating experience. Hope, Horses & Kids in Salinas understands this emotional connection and provides a unique learning and healing environment for local youth that improves their academic performance, behavior and relationships.

    Operated by executive director Lori Tuttle, Hope, Horses & Kids is a nonprofit equine learning program designed to help local kids in grades 6-12 with social and emotional difficulties or disabilities. Its core philosophy involves an instructional approach that includes the teaching of positive life skills: respect, responsibility, relationships, boundaries, empathy, choices and consequences. The model also encourages developmental assets and the integration of academics.

    The child and horse philosophy at Hope, Horses & Kids is "reward the try." The guiding principles include the following: Be impeccable with your word; don't take anything personally; don't make assumptions; always do your best.

    HHK can tailor any program around the specific needs of a child, including special needs requiring dramatic assistance. Programs include a non-riding curriculum (safety, care and feeding, cleaning paddocks, grooming etc.), as well as longer, more academic-based structure that include horsemanship in three skill levels. There is also a planned vocational program that exposes kids to careers in the fields of veterinary science, horseshoeing, riding instruction, horse training and more.

    Tuttle is a lifetime horsewoman who gained local notoriety with her work with horses and kids at Rancho Cielo Youth Campus east of Salinas. After leaving that facility, she developed a successful program for special education students at Washington Middle School in Salinas.

    Today her reputation has helped build a cohesive program for kids from all walks of life, and draws students from county middle schools.

    To learn more go to: https://www.facebook.com/HopeHorsesKids?ref=br_tf

    Press Contact: Marci Bracco Cain (831) 747-7455.

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