Organizational Overview

2908-B East Howard Lane
MANOR, Texas 78653

Mission Statement

The mission of Horse Empowered Learning Programs (HELP) is to provide personalized equine assisted therapy, including therapeutic riding and equine facilitated psychotherapy/equine facilitated learning, to clients in the Austin area who are experiencing a variety of challenges. Therapy sessions are customized to each individual client, and are designed to enhance physical, emotional, social, cognitive, and behavioral skills.

HELP has served Austin area people with special needs since 1984 and we continue to grow our programs! In 2016 we became a provider through MTM/TX STAR Kids to help more clients who need our services. Our Therapeutic Riding program has continued to grow and help people from all over the Travis and Williamson County areas with physical and mental challenges of all types. HELP operates on a beautiful 20 acre facility including a 5 acre riding trail which enriches our clients and horses' lives exponentially vs. riding in the arena alone.

Impact Statement

HELP reaches clients from near and far! Our central location makes us accessible for clients in Travis and Williamson counties. The Therapeutic Riding HELP provides is a unique way for our clients to improve their life skills including physical, emotional, and cognitive in partnership with their horse and team of volunteers. We work on social interaction (greeting horse and volunteers as well as saying Thanks and Goodbye at the end of the session), we teach horsemanship to the level the client can accomplish (brushing, tacking, getting the horse from the pasture, and so much more!) which improves confidence. All sessions at HELP are under the safety standards and guidelines of PATH International, an international certifying organization with the focus on safety and improving life skills.

Needs Statement

Today your gift will enable us to continue our daily programs by:
Providing a Scholarship for 5 clients to ride for a year! or
Sponsoring one of our special therapy horses, without whom we would not exist!

We're creating a scholarship fund on behalf of our beloved horse Phoebe so that clients whose insurance doesn't cover our services or for those who cannot afford it will still be able to receive the special benefits we offer in our programs. Each client's weekly session costs $60/hour or $240/month.

Equine Sponsorship is available as a year-round opportunity and helps off-set the cost of maintaining the health and happiness of our herd. $150 donation can help sponsor a horse (or both Jack and Tess - donkeys) for a month! A $75 donation is considered a half sponsorship for a month. These donations help cover much needed daily care of our special partners. You can set up recurring monthly payments with our simple Subscribe button on our website. You'll be updated regularly on the great work your equine partner is doing as well as be recognized on our website. Please visit and see what your donation and support are providing for our special clients and horses.

Donations: We are always in need of gift cards to Walmart, Tractor Supply, Dover Saddlery, Office Max.
We always need paper towels and TP as well as printer paper/ink.
We are in need of a draft sized saddle for Jake which could cost up to $600.

Other support opportunities:
AmazonSmile (search for charity# 74-2438629 or Horse Empowered Learning Programs)
PayPal Giving Fund as H.E.L.P. where 100% of donation comes to HELP (no fees!)
Amazon Wish List which will ship items directly to HELP - double up and order with AmazonSmile too! 2016 HELP Wish List Link:
Donate your car/truck/boat for a tax deductible donation to HELP through

Service/Group project days are ALWAYS welcome to help us keep our facility in tip-top shape.

THANK YOU for helping the HELP herd! Check out our "events" for upcoming fundraisers and events!

"We've been going for 6 years and my daughter continues to improve and loves her horses." - Marilyn Maloney Schmiedel, HELP Parent

"I love this place, it has been really good for my daughter." - Grazia Santi DeRocco, HELP Parent

"My son has been going to HELP for 4+ years. He loves it there! Everyone from staff to volunteers is super nice, friendly, and supportive. Definitely 2 thumbs up all the way around!" - HELP Parent

"My daughter Sophie has been a client of the H.E.L.P. Center for more than five years. Soph has struggled with severe anxiety, difficulty communicating, and some simple motor skill impairment since she was a toddler. Equine therapy, especially her work at the H.E.L.P. Center, has played a big part in helping her overcome these issues. The work she has done with Stephanie, the horses, and volunteers at H.E.LP. has translated into long-term success and confidence in all areas of her life." - Adrian Matthys, HELP Parent
Our clients cannot ride their horses safely without a team of volunteers! We need side-walkers for some clients and ALL clients need a horse handler. Horse experience or not, you can volunteer with HELP! There are many other opportunities outside of the arena as well. Board members, Equine Committee, Conditioning Team, Volunteer Coordinator, Office help and MORE! Ages 14+ can help in sessions with clients; under 14 can help with the many other tasks that are entailed in the daily care of our 5 herd members and 2 donkeys, with supervision of course. Service projects for groups welcome! Email to schedule a visit today!
Amount: $1000.00
Sponsored By: Equipuncture & Northland Dental Studio

Equipuncture Integrative Veterinary Services is offering $500 matching through their individual fundraising page!

Northland Dental Studio has offered $500 matching funds for HELP during Amplify Austin.