February 2021

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A New Day at Gateway HorseWorks!

To say it has been a busy three months would be an understatement. We are so excited to share that we are settling in to our forever farm with a lot of gratitude and a healthy dose of humility (thanks, Mother Nature!). Winter sure has been showing off in our small corner of Pennsylvania!

Despite the snowfall, everyone has been hard at work creating an environment that will serve so many in our community for years to come by increasing access to the healing power of horses. Our herd made a peaceful transition to the new farm--it was as if they knew that they were coming home. We have been able to see clients on a regular basis and feel humbled every time someone experiences their own power and transformation at the farm. 

Calling all Volunteers!  

In preparation for Spring at the farm, we are organizing a number of exciting projects! We are looking for 10 volunteers to sign up to join us March 21st from 10am-2pm. We hope to continue our Sunday "special projects" once per month throughout the rest of the year!

All volunteer activities will be completed outdoors and socially-distanced. Masks are required upon entry on the farm! Join us as we build and beautify our community space with flower gardens, fire rings, fresh coats of paint, and tending to our creek and wooded areas!

For those looking to get more deeply involved, consider joining our team of regular volunteers! We have slots available for a variety of skills and interests for weekly or quarterly volunteering.

To sign up or for more information reach out to Jordyn at jordyn@gatewayhorseworks.org. Thank you for sharing your time with Gateway HorseWorks! 

Staff Updates

Farewell Tom

In early January, we sent our well wishes with our beloved barn manager, Tom Thorpe, and his family embarking on new adventures in North Carolina. Tom cared for and loved our horses and farm(s) in ways that one can only hope to find in a dedicated barn manager. We are so grateful that he chose to share his skills, love for horses, and endless humor with us for all these years. Through three farms, and growing from one horse to six, we know that we wouldn't be here without him. We were proud to dedicate the flag pole at our new farm in his honor alongside the Marine Color Guard. Tom's wife, Haley, also served as a licensed mental health practitioner for several years in the arena. Tom and Haley have left a legacy of service in all of our lives. We are so grateful to have been able to call them a part of the Gateway HorseWorks' family.

Welcome jordyn as operations coordinator!

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At the start of the year, we had the pleasure of welcoming long-time Gateway HorseWorks' team member, Jordyn Rush, into her new position as Operations Coordinator! Jordyn began as an incredible volunteer two years ago aiding with horse care. She has increasingly offered her various skills and expertise to the organization. We remain grateful to have her as part of the Gateway HorseWorks' team and are looking forward to a bright future together! 

News and Media

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All too often, contact with the criminal justice system pushes people further to the margins, especially when it comes to prioritizing mental health treatment in jails and prisons. We are proud to serve people from the commonwealth, returning to our community, and look forward to scaling our program statewide, and eventually, nationally.

​Read the article to hear about how our Stable Pathways program won the 21st Century Best Practice in Pennsylvania Award for the Large Jail Category at Chester County Prison by reducing recidivism through connecting horses for the mental health treatment of people. 

Community Spotlight

Thank you to the Chester County Bar Foundation for their continued support of the Stable Pathways program. We are grateful to be a recipient of a $9,000 program grant for the second year in a row. The Chester County Bar Foundation's goal is to fund initiatives which strengthen the ties between the residents of Chester County and the justice system. Click below to learn more about their history and initiatives! 

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Herd Highlight: WILLOW

Willow came to us as a tentative horse. With a tattoo from a previous life in the Standardbred racing industry and a strong flight response, building connections with people was a challenge. Gradually, she established trust with her human horse care team in a way that only time, patience, and care could. Now, Willow is the first to prick her ears and move towards clients when they enter the field.  She is also a star at overseeing pasture maintenance with the tractor :) Willow reminds us that while our past has certainly shaped us, we are capable of finding peace, trust, and connection in our present.

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