Located near Gettysburg, PA, Shining Stars Therapeutic Ministries (SSTM) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to provide therapeutic horsemanship programs to children, adults & families with special needs in order to improve physical, mental, emotional and social areas of their lives.
SSTM serves local communities, generally in Adams and York Counties, PA, with student registration open to anyone 3 to 80+ years old with special needs. Instructor-guided exercises, activities and games provide opportunities for student challenge and progress, as well as a means of recreation & enjoyment. We have received many client referrals from surgeons, neurologists, hospitals, schools, etc.,·with recommendations from Hershey Medical Center, the Mental Health/Mental Retardation organization, and United Cerebral Palsy.
At present, the organization coordinates over 130 service-minded volunteers to implement its current programs. All volunteers are required to have background clearances and attend classroom and arena trainings.
Construction of our indoor arena/Therapeutic Learning Center is finished! The TLC will enable us to offer a year-round program in a covered facility meaning no more losses in student progress because of the weather.