St. Lawrence NYSARC Announces "Freedom Reins," Partially Supported by the Northern New York Community Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - St. Lawrence NYSARC (, a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to working for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, received a grant for $4,800 from the Northern New York Community Foundation, Inc. The funds will support St. Lawrence NYSARC’s new equine program, “Freedom Reins.”

Freedom Reins further expands the Agency’s growing services for children, youth, and adults with developmental disabilities through recreational therapeutic horsemanship and equine assisted therapy. The grant money from the Northern NY Community Foundation will be used for a staff member to become certified with the Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH).

Participants involved in Freedom Reins will focus on grooming and care for the horses, under supervision of the PATH accredited professional. When the program participant is ready, horseback riding is introduced as a therapeutic option. Studies show that people with disabilities, particularly individuals on the Autism Spectrum, build self-confidence and healthy relationships through this type of therapy.

The mission of the Northern New York Community Foundation is to raise, manage and administer an endowment and collection of funds for the benefit of the community, built and added to by gifts from individuals and organizations committed to meeting the changing needs of St. Lawrence County and Northern New York.

The pilot program for Freedom Reins is already taking place at Honey Dew Acres in Crary Mills, NY. St. Lawrence NYSARC has plans to expand to a larger facility at their Dodge Pond location in Fine, NY. To learn more about programs offered at St. Lawrence NYSARC, visit, call 315-379-9531, or check us out on Facebook.

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In the photo from left to right: Joseph Montgomery, St. Lawrence NYSARC Program Director; Jackie Sauter, St. Lawrence NYSARC Vice President, and Max DelSignore, Northern New York Community Foundation Coordinator of Donor Services.

About St. Lawrence NYSARC:
St. Lawrence NYSARC is a non-profit membership association dedicated to full inclusion and integration for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities within our communities. The Agency’s mission is to offer individuals and their families an opportunity to achieve self-determined goals and provide life-long learning opportunities.

Michelle Quinell-Gayle
Assistant Executive Director of Community Relations
St. Lawrence NYSARC

September 17, 2013