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Friday, April 28, 2017
Horse Therapy with True Strides
Parents reflect on horse therapy with son

True Strides participant Joseph enjoys riding Pete the horse with the guidance and support of his dad Jim and the  True Strides staff. 
True Strides Director Shari Mangas recently visited with Jim and Ruth, whose son participates in therapy at True Strides. The following is an excerpt from their interview.

What is your favorite part about participating with True Strides?

The therapeutic work they have done with our son is wonderful.  We have observed the therapists getting him to successfully do things after prior failed attempts. He also enjoys the trail rides. BIG SMILES! 

We really believe that Shari and her staff are the gems of True Strides.

We drive over an hour each way to True Strides located in Maple Lake and there are other places closer to us but closer is not necessarily better. 

Our son responds to high energy and the staff provide a lot of high energy positive feedback to him which gets him to respond. Also, we like how new things keep getting tried with him; always pushing him for more. We've been to another horse therapy program prior to True Strides where the staff seemed bored and continued to do the same things over and over.

Joining the True Strides therapeutic riding feels like joining the True Strides family. Every rider is valued for who they are and the skill level they have. We sense the staff's compassion and love for what they do and how they truly wish to help every individual reach their potential! It is more than a business for them; that is easy to see!

To learn more about True Strides Horse Therapy visit

Thank You Volunteers!
True Friends volunteers are an amazing group of people making a huge impact with the individuals and families we serve. We are humbled by the support we receive each day. 

Thank you for all that you do!
Camp Friendship Auxiliary
A personal best!
The Camp Friendship Auxiliary raised $22,500 for True Friends.

A big thank you to the Camp Friendship Auxiliary who raised $22,500 for True Friends with their holiday fundraising party this past December. 

This amount is a personal record for the group! Thank you again for all that you do for Camp Friendship and the entire True Friends organization.

Giving Is Good
Thank you Donors!
Winners of this year's tournament were (l-r): Greg Kulzer, Brad Terres, Bre Engler and Jessica Hinnenkamp. 

In March, the Tom Derichs Camp Courage Dart Tournament raised over $1,500 for individuals with disabilities. This double elimination tournament had 128 participants and was held in Albany, MN. 

The first tournament was held 30 years ago in 1987. In total, this tournament has raised roughly $20,000 for Camp Courage.

Upcoming Events
Annual Steak Fry  - May 5, 2017

Join us for the Annual Steak Fry on Friday, May 5 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at the Camp Friendship Dining Hall in Annandale, MN. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance from Larry Greene by calling 320.260.1551. Stop by and check out the great door prizes and raffles. All proceeds to benefit True Friends. 

Picha Heritage Farm - Plant Sale  - May 3 - 14, 2017

Spruce up your landscaping to benefit True Friends!
Visit the Picha Heritage Farm in Eden Prairie from May 3 - 14 and a portion of the purchases will go toward True Friends' Camp Eden Wood. 

The sale is available Monday - Friday noon - 7 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

Learn more about the sale by visiting their  Facebook page.

Register for Your Summer Adventure
The new 2017 Camp Catalog is available online - click here!

We are ever expanding, improving and adding new elements to our strong heritage of programs. This summer we're excited to see campers take full advantage of our new fully accessible high ropes course, try out our shooting sports activities and ranges, and explore our local communities on day trips...

Learn more about the great camp programs available this summer by checking out the website at 

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