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Perkins Rein in A Dream to Upgrade and Expand Facilities

“They have amazing patience, caring, and understanding for each child that walks into the barn. I am thankful to Perkins for all they have done for my son.”

Rein in A Dream has big news!

We are excited to announce that we are planning to expand and upgrade our Rein in A Dream facilities in order to enhance current programming and grow to serve more children and adults facing special needs and mental health challenges.

The project will result in:

  • A multifunction insulated indoor learning space.
  • An individual meeting space for one-on-one conversations.
  • A bathroom for all to use when they visit RIAD.
  • A new roof, updated entrances, and exterior paint to protect and preserve the facilities.
  • New footing in both arenas for the comfort and safety of horses and riders.
  • Sensory and challenge trails for additional lesson opportunities.
  • More grazing land for our horses.

RIAD’s unique programming provides care to the whole person – body and mind. We help children and adults with special needs and big challenges achieve their goals and overcome barriers. RIAD’s animal-assisted therapeutic services strive to help every person we serve reach their fullest, healthiest, and happiest potential. With this project, we can do more for each person we already serve AND reach more people who need us.

But we can’t do it without YOU! 75% of the project’s total cost is funded thanks to a group of extremely generous donors. And with your support this season of giving, we can make it 100% and ensure this project moves forward in full.

Help us reach our goal of $50,000 to make this plan a reality! Make a gift of $300 or more towards this exciting project, and we’ll recognize you or your loved one (The wording will be your choice) on our donor wall to be erected as part of the project in recognition of the generous supporters who have made this project possible.

Together, we can help Rein in A Dream and the individuals we serve grow and thrive. Will you donate today?

If you’d like to discuss the project in more depth, hear more about the plans, or discuss naming opportunities, please reach out to either of us to discuss. We would welcome the conversation.

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season.


Michael W. Ames, PhD                                                  Cherie Ansin
President & CEO, Perkins                                             Director, Rein in A Dream

P.S. A gift of any amount helps. And be sure to choose Rein in A Dream from the drop down menu on the donate page.

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Please consider a #GIVINGTUESDAY gift to Perkins today. Together, we can help the children and adults Perkins educates and cares for grow strong, develop independence, and discover joy in environments that nourish minds, bodies, and souls. Your donation makes a difference in the lives of vulnerable individuals by enhancing the programs and services they count onContinue Reading

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Recognition Day, Perkins Celebrates its Students

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The Perkins 2018 Annual Report

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Meet Captain Zach

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