Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center Serving all individuals with unique abilities and health needs

40th Annual Festival of Trees

If you’re looking for a great way to kick off the holiday season, think about visiting the 40th Annual Festival of Trees at the Pearl S. Buck House.  The event showcases beautiful trees and vignettes designed by Bucks County’s best artists, decorators, and Room5Sml (002)by local community groups to convey the spirit of Pearl S. Buck’s legacy as an author, humanitarian, and activist. Visitors have the opportunity to vote for their favorite display.

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center is one of the organizations invited to participate in decorating a room in the house.  This year, Ivy Hill’s display is set in Ms. Buck’s study and the theme of the room is “diversity”.  The room is where many of Ms. Buck’s famed writings took form.TopperSml (002)LucyDisplaySml (002)

In her memoir, “The Child Who Never Grew”, Pearl addressed the trials of raising a special needs daughter during an era of misinformation and prejudice.  She stated, “It was my child who taught me to understand so clearly that all people are equal in their humanity and that all have the same human rights.”  In the same memoir, she uses the phrase “Hope brings comfort”.

At Ivy Hill, we often use the phrase “Horses + Love = Hope”.  As our theme this year was to honor diversity, the message of hope was evident throughout our design.   Quotes from Ms. Buck’s writings, which speak to diversity, were added to ornaments on the tree and flags of various countries remind us of the many cultures we find worldwide.

A special connection for Ivy Hill and Pearl Buck’s family is their shared love of horses.  This is featured in our display through the story of one of our riders, Lucy. She is part of the therapeutic equestrian program at Ivy Hill and was adopted through Pearl S. Buck International.

Until the age of 42, Pearl Buck lived in China and when she returned to America, much of her time was spent writing about the Chinese and Asian cultures and promoting the rights of women and minorities.  She became particularly well known for her efforts on behalf of Asian and mixed-race adoption.

For tickets and candlelight tour information visit www.pearlsbuck.org

Adults $16   |  Seniors $13   |  Students $8

Tour Dates & Hours

Nov 13-21

(Closed Nov 22)

Mon-Sat 11 am, 1 & 2:30 pm

Sun 1 & 2:30 pm

Nov 23 – Dec 30

(Closed Dec 24 and 25)

Mon-Sat 11 am, 12,1&2:30 pm

Sun 12,1 & 2:30 pm

Candlelight Tours – Fridays, December 7, 14, and 21, 2018 – Reservation required

Ivy Hill named “2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit”

NonProfCongrats (002)Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center named “2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit by GreatNonprofits.

Perkasie, PA – November 16, 2018 – Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center announced today it has been named a “2018 Top-Rated Nonprofit” by GreatNonprofits, the leading provider of user reviews of charities and nonprofits.

Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center provides equine-assisted activities and therapy to children and adults with special needs, teens and young adults dealing with mental illness, addiction and behavioral challenges, individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs, and senior citizens dealing with physical or cognitive issues and isolation.

“With so many wonderful nonprofits, doing amazing work, we are truly honored to be a 2018 Top-Rated Great Nonprofit,” says Chris Brockett, President and CEO of Ivy Hill.   “We could not have accomplished everything we did this year without the Ivy Hill staff’s focus on our client’s needs and the cooperation of their families participating in our various programs.”

The Top-Rated Nonprofit Award is based on the rating and number of outstanding online reviews that Ivy Hill received from volunteers, donors and aid recipients during 2018.

From a Volunteer  –  “What makes Ivy Hill stand out is the inclusive, innovative nature of the program and staff. Ivy Hill uses the equine experience to support anyone who could benefit from it. Their programs reach out to people of all walks of life and truly bolster the community in any way it can. This non-profit is always improving-they are not afraid of change but embrace it. This is because that is what their therapeutic program is designed to do- constantly support and improve the lives of it’s clients. Ivy Hill is an integrative family- the donors and clients and volunteers and staff all work with each other in a way where there isn’t isolation between the groups. This is important because integrating these facets of a non profit leads to more effective and efficient learning for all. Ivy Hill is equine therapy at it’s finest.”  

“Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center is a great example of a nonprofit making a real difference in their community,” said Perla Ni, CEO of GreatNonprofits, “Their award is well-deserved recognition not only of their work, but the tremendous support they receive, as shown by the many outstanding reviews they have received from people who have direct experience working with Ivy Hill.”

GreatNonprofits is the leading website where people share stories about their personal experiences on more than 1.6 million charities and nonprofits. The GreatNonprofits Top-Rated Awards are the only awards for nonprofits determined by those who have direct experience with the charities – as donors, volunteers and recipients of aid.

The complete list of 2018 Top Rated Nonprofits can be found at: https://greatnonprofits.org/awards/search/search:ivy+hill+therapeutic

About Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center
Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center creates therapeutic programs for individuals with cognitive, physical, emotional, behavioral and psychological needs utilizing the equine experience.

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Media Contact
Marian Beck

Director of Development/Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Centermbeck@ivyhillequestrian.org/215-260-7650

Ivy Hill receives grant of $3,000 from Foundations Community Partnership

Foundations Community Partnership has awarded a $3,000 Partnership in Youth Services grant to Ivy Hill Therapeutic Equestrian Center for the collaborative program  “WOW (We’re Outstanding Workers) – Young Adult Job Skills Training and Job Placement Preparation.”

During the 2017-18 school year Ivy Hill partnered with the WOW Program from the Bucks County

Intermediate Unit where they acted as the host organization for a pilot study offering transitional work experience for special needs students aging out of the public school system.  Four WOW students, working in pairs, learned skills to help them live and work as independent members of their community.

This grant will allow Ivy Hill to expand upon and integrate the program as a permanent part of Ivy Hill’s service offerings. The expanded program will commence at the beginning of the 2018-19 school year and will follow a standard school year calendar, half days, 3 days/wk. WOW students will be accompanied by a WOW caseworker during their visits to Ivy Hill where they will learn about and provide various clerical and maintenance tasks and may also learn about basic horse care.

WOW Program teachers will help monitor and track participant achievements.  One measurement of success from our pilot study is that a studenWOW student at veterinary practice where she found employment following Ivy Hill pilot program.t obtained a position at a local veterinary practice after completing her service at Ivy Hill.  Ivy Hill received an Caring Community Award in June of 2018 for their commitment to  providing a work environment and a real-life employment experience for the students.

WOW student at veterinary practice where she found employment following Ivy Hill pilot program

The grants were awarded at the Foundations CommuniFCP_Award (002)ty Partnership Luncheon on Tuesday, October 23rd.

The luncheon featured keynote speaker Caryl Stern, President and CEO of UNICEF, USA.