Stepping Stones ($112,000 Grant)
Stepping Stones was founded in 1963 as the first summer camp for children with disabilities in Cincinnati. Their tradition is innovation and working to fill gaps in service for children/adults with disabilities, and meeting the needs that no others meet. Their mission is to increase independence, improve lives and promote inclusion for children and adults with disabilities into the community.
The Impact 100 grant enabled Stepping Stones to create the only overnight/respite camp program in this region. It is designed to meet the respite needs of children/adults with severe autism/sensory needs on a year-round basis. This program will run Friday-Sunday, providing a weekend of activities for participants and a much-needed break for families caring for children with disabilities.
Safe Haven Farms ($112,000 Grant)
Safe Haven Farms mission is to meet the unique needs of adult children on the autism spectrum by providing a variety of meaningful living, working, learning and leisure activities in a safe environment where each person is respected as a valued and contributing community member. Safe Haven Farms will use their Impact 100 grant to help launch a Therapeutic Horse Riding Program. The purpose of this riding program is to increase attention, concentration, learning and verbal skills of participants. The program is designed to build a bond between the rider and the horse that fosters improved social and communication skills of the rider.
The Impact 100 grant money will be used to renovate the original Barn and to build indoor and outdoor riding arenas.