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Jill LeAnn Wells Endowment for Hope Haven

Jill LeAnn Wells

Jill LeAnn Wells

Oct. 24, 1969 - Nov. 11, 2008


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Hope Haven Horse Farm

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Year Founded

Penny Wells
Pamela Rossok
Christina Menke

Purpose of Fund
The primary purpose of the Fund shall be to provide unrestricted financial support to Hope Haven Horse Farm, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, located at 10416 E. U.S. Hwy. 40, Coatesville, IN 46121.

History of Fund
Hope Haven uses Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) and Psychotherapy (EAP) techniques in a variety of ways to meet the needs of their clients. The movement of the rider on horseback is similar to that of a human being walking upright, an experience some physically disabled riders have never been able to enjoy before. Sitting on the horse allows riders to develop muscle strength and coordination in a way that is both easy and fun. This results in increased mobility and autonomy for riders outside of class, as well as increased confidence in their own abilities and self-esteem. Equine behavior often mimics basic human behavior in a number of situations, and trained instructors have been able to use this similarity to effectively counsel couples and families through exercises and example.

Science in recent years has confirmed what most animal lovers have known for a very long time: there is something healing and positive in the interaction between humans and animals.¬†Many of Hope Haven’s riders and handlers have difficulties communicating and/or connecting with people but are able to bond closely with animals.¬† For many riders, the love of interacting with the horses becomes the reason to be involved in the program.

Grants Awarded

2015  $395.25

2016  $586.22

2017  $758.64

Total  $1,740.11

Pam Rossok, Christie Menke, Chris Wells and Penny Wells

          Pictured from left to right: Pam Rossok, Christie Menke, Chris Wells, and Penny Wells

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