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We strive to maximize the potential of persons with disabilities to become independent, well-rounded, self-confident individuals.
 
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MFC History

For over 30 years, Pegasus Farm has been providing professionally certified therapeutic equestrian activities to children and adults who have special needs. In 2007, the Farm began providing equestrian services to veterans. To date, 148 veterans have received 4,860 hours of services dedicated to helping them overcome conditions such as:  post-traumatic stress disorder, physical disabilities, traumatic brain injury, substance abuse, depression and social isolation. In 2017 we are serving twenty veterans from a variety of conflict eras. Funding to support this programming comes from foundations, Wounded Warrior, veteran organizations and individuals. 

In 2015, three Rotary Districts asked us to consider a partnership that would expand our veterans’ services. Rotarians had spent several years learning about the experiences of Blue Star and Gold Star families and received a grant from the Rotary Foundation to establish a nonprofit (501c3) Military Family Center, a project that Pegasus Farm has committed to manage and provide the therapeutic equestrian component. Walsh University has also joined this collaboration to offer direct clinical services - physical therapy, occupational therapy and clinical counseling - to veterans, first responders and their families. 

Below is a timeline of the new Military Family Center.
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July 2016:  
Forming partnerships and strategies

  • Pegasus Farm, Walsh University and three Rotaries agree to form a partnership to develop a Military Family Center.
  • A potential property for the MFC is identified in Louisville.

August 2016 –
April 2017

Establishing a home for MFC

  • Rotary commits to funding lease and operating costs for new property for six months.
  • The Military Family Center receives a grant from the Cleveland Foundation to equip the equestrian center.
  • First horses arrive at the Military Family Center.
  • Equestrian operation established.
  • Capital Campaign proposal is developed and presented to the Capital Campaign Committee process, which is managed by the Stark Community Foundation.

May 2017 –
January 2018

 

  • Grant award from the Capital Campaign - $1,000,000 from the following Foundations:

CAPITAL GRANTS

  • Timken                                    $700,000
  • Stark Community                    $100,000
  • Paul & Carol David                 $  75,000
  • Herbert H. Hoover                  $  50,000
  • Sisters of Charity                    $  50,000
  • Deuble                                    $  25,000

OPERATING GRANTS

  • Sisters of Charity                    $100,000
  • Cleveland                                $  80,000
     
  • Property purchased
February – March 2018
  • Renovations made to clinical spaces
April 2018
  • Walsh begins providing clinical services (occupational therapy, physical therapy, and counseling)

  

For more information about the Center or to get involved contact Carol Lichtenwalter: carol@pegasusfarm.org or 330.935.2300 ext 101.

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