PATH Intl. COVID-19 Bulletin
June 26, 2020
COVID-19-Specific Updates for PATH Intl. Centers, Individual Members, Certified Professionals & Friends
Today's bulletin is a compilation of a variety of resources and links to pertinent articles. Enjoy them in good health! These and other resources are also available on the PATH Intl. website COVID-19 page .
Two-Month Extension
United States Department Of Veterans Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant Direct Service Funds
 
We at PATH Intl. care deeply about the broad impact COVID-19 has brought on centers. The current challenges are tremendous and the organization stands with members (and their four-legged partners). To that end, PATH Intl. is able to to support center's important work with an  extension of the United States Department of Veteran Affairs Adaptive Sports Grant Direct Service Funds for an additional two months.

Please mark your calendars
Centers may now request direct-service reimbursement until  September 30, 2020  and equipment reimbursement until  August 30, 2020 . Final direct-service forms are due October 10, 2020 . To provide this extension, the grant administration team will work on an extremely tight schedule to complete final annual reports. For this reason absolutely  no submissions will be accepted after October 10, 2020 and September 10, 2020 for equipment .
 
Hopefully this extension will allow centers to use more of their grant award!
 
Questions about how this may affect your center or how to get involved with PATH International Equine Services for Heroes ® ? Please contact  Danielle Crooks .
Riding To The Top Celebrates Volunteers at Curbside Event

COVID-19 did not stop Riding to the Top, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Windham, ME from celebrating the contributions of its mighty volunteer team. The RTT staff gathered (physically distanced of course!), decorated and rallied to show appreciation for the Center’s 160+ volunteers.  

Volunteer Coordinator, Nick Doria, stated “While we missed gathering for our larger celebration this year, we were glad to have been able to thank and recognize the people who did so much for RTT last year.” Read more about their awesome event!
Are you an individual service provider?

Claire Honsinger, Equine Services Provider and owner of The Good Horse, LLC in Sandpoint, ID shared this important information for individual service providers:

“I wanted to inform PATH Intl. that I applied for a disaster loan from the SBA (the EIDL loan funded by the update to the CARES Act). It was very easy and I got funding within a week. Not a lot of money, but enough to cover my expenses, which was going to be very hard since I had to cancel everything this spring and summer. The loan terms are very generous. I won't have to start repaying for 12 months, and I will have 30 years to pay it off.

I have a small LLC, but 501 c 3s are eligible too. The funding is limited to agricultural enterprises, and apparently that includes horse-based programs.” Learn more!
Just maybe you're suffering from Zoom fatigue

Here's a great article written by EAGALA member Alison Johnson to hopefully bring some relief.


Center-produced resources generously shared for the benefit of the community
Thanks to everyone who has and continues to share their resources during the pandemic. It’s working!

“I just wanted to share that we are in our 2 nd  week of lessons after re-opening due to COVID shut down. We made our plan according to many of the suggestions of other PATH Intl. centers. Our re-opening has gone without a snag. Volunteers understand their responsibilities, rider families have been very accommodating and understanding, and the lessons are 100% positive.
NM is still under a 25% capacity restriction, so our lesson capacity has diminished to only the riders who are needing a horse leader. But our participants are so happy to be back at the ranch. It also has proven to be less of a burden on our volunteer staff to have a smaller class. So I can’t say anything but positive about our re-opening. Thank you for opportunity to share
 
Twuana Raupp, Loving Thunder Therapeutic Riding, Inc. a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Rio Rancho, NM


Wendy L. Gast, Program Director & Equine Coordinator, PATH Intl. Certified Registered Instructor at Talisman Therapeutic Riding, Inc. in Grasonville, MD shared a terrific video the center produced Our offering the visual what, hows and whys to keep their participants and volunteers informed on what to expect upon their return.

Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center, a PATH Intl. Premier Accredited Center in Longmont, CO shares their comprehensive reopening manual draft . Center executive director Michelle Bruhn says, “We had a lawyer look at it and are making adjustments as they come. Wanted to share with you if it may be helpful to other centers. We are updating chapter 4 as we speak!”
We continue to research and gather information to assist centers in maintaining operations during this challenging time. If you have suggestions or ideas, please email Kathy Alm . We might include those ideas in a future communication.