The Endless Strides program provides services that are considered critical to the recreational, physical, and rehabilitative needs of persons with a variety of disabilities. The program's purpose is to increase the recreational opportunities for children, youth and adults with disabilities and health related conditions by exposing them to equine-assisted activities that promote physical strength, coordination, balance and socialization. Programming includes therapeutic horseback riding and un-mounted educational horsemanship training.
Life Skills Development III
The project, Life Skills Development III is operated as a year-round (12 months) program supporting the health-related goals of the disabled community. This program promotes the physical health of adults (primarily ages 21 to 65) with intellectual, physical, sensory and emotional disabilities, including individuals with Autism and Cerebral Palsy. Through our evidence-based, daily program, participants engage in academics, physical education, computer technology, arts & ceramics, health classes and equine assisted activities.
Life Skills Development II (Supported Employment)
Good Hope collaborates with an array of local businesses within the Miami-Dade community to aid our participants in securing employment. The goals of this program are focused on increased independence and the achievement of self-support for the persons served by providing employment opportunities and relevant support services that include:
-Training and pre-vocational development
-Job development (finding, creating, analyzing and identifying employment opportunities)
-Conducting a diagnostic interview to pre-determine the consumer’s preferences, interests and motivation, to match them to specific jobs
-Familiarizing consumers with a variety of occupations and work demands
-Follow-along maintenance (assisting the placed worker during the initial phase of employment with their adjustment, progress, and satisfaction) -Additional services (including consumer advocacy, coordination of services, follow-up and troubleshooting, and documentation of systematic progression).
Life Skills Development I (Community Integration)
Good Hope provides functional training activities to adult individuals within community-integrated settings. These social, fundamental and recreational activities broaden the consumer’s independent living in the community setting.
The Companion Support Services program provides community based instruction in areas that are considered to be critical to the consumer's independent functioning. These skills may include money and budgeting skills (e.g. paying for a meal and/or budgeting money while shopping) and recreational activities. The activities are diverse in nature, thus giving the consumer the opportunity to participate in an array of social events. The goals and objectives set out for each consumer are developed to monitor the consumers progress with socialization, functional skills, daily living and independent skills needed to utilize community resources.
Horses Helping Heroes
With a goal of improving the quality of life of Veterans living in Miami-Dade County, Good Hope has collaborated with the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center to create Horses Helping Heroes, a community education and outreach project designed to provide access to an atmosphere of healing for Veterans who have returned from active duty with physical or mental impairments that hinder their quality of life. Participants form strong bonds with their equine-partners by developing effective communication skills on the ground and under saddle, learning proper horse care techniques, and applying natural horsemanship principles. The post testing of program participants has documented the program’s ability to assist our soldiers to relax, reconnect, and have fun, while also helping them reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression, improve balance, coordination, self-confidence and self-esteem, as well as provide opportunities for socialization in a natural environment.