We have a simple, but important mission--to improve the lives of individuals in our community by providing equine-assisted therapy. We believe that through positive interactions with horses and Salish Spirit volunteers, participants in our programs will gain confidence, improve physical, emotional and social well being, and become more independent, productive and engaged community members. We’ve seen first hand the difference our programs have made for dozens of people over past four years.
We serve adults and children with special emotional, physical and social needs, including military families. This year we ran a six-week summer program and plan to run a fall program specifically designed for veterans. If you or someone you know would benefit from equine-assisted therapy, please visit our participate page to learn more and to find out how to apply for a spot.
All sessions are taught and supervised by Mary Craft-Nepute and Karen Reedy, our PATH certified instructors.
our 2016 program in video
We are a volunteer-run organization with five dedicated board members from diverse business, non-profit and educational backgrounds. Our board members are:
- Karen Reedy- President
- Sarah Doyle - Secretary
- Donna Greenert - Treasurer
- Candy Raab
- Donna Miller
Mary Craft-Nepute, a former member of the judiciary serves as our Executive Director.
Our programs would not be possible without our wonderful group of volunteers who generously donate their time, horses, skills and love make the program so special.
Visit our volunteers page to see what our volunteers get up to and find out how you can help.
our funding sources
Salish Spirit Equine-Assisted Therapy is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, registered with the State of Washington. We receive donations from private individuals and grants from other organizations. We'd like to specifically thank United Good Neighbors of Jefferson County and the Rotary club of Port Townsend for their contributions. If you’d like to learn more about how we spend our funds, or how to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit our donate page.