CHAPS Launches Online Fundraising Campaign Next Month

Marcus with Feather, one of two ponies that will be used in a program to serve dementia patients and their care partners. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Marcus with Feather, one of two ponies that will be used in a program to serve dementia patients and their care partners. (Photo by Pat Blair)

CHAPS, Sheridan County's equine-assisted therapy organization, will launch an online campaign next month to raise money for pony-assisted service to people with dementia and their caregivers.

Kristen Marcus, who's executive director of CHAPS, said the campaign will be from July 10 through 12 on CHAPS' Facebook page.

The foundation is the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation, which earlier chose CHAPS as a recipient of matching funds. Marcus said she believes CHAPS is one of only 25 recipients selected from throughout the nation to receive funds. Marcus said the program that will be funded will start in November. She said CHAPS has access to two ponies that will be taken to seniors at Dementia Friendly Wyoming and Day Break at The Hub on Smith Street.

Marcus said CHAPS did a pilot project taking the ponies to the Veterans Home in Wyoming in Buffalo last fall.

She said Kay Wallick, who's director of Dementia Friendly Wyoming, is on board with the project, so all that remains is for CHAPS to get the funding.

Marcus said she doesn't know how many seniors the program will reach, but she's guessing the program will need about $8,000.

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Another shot of Marcus and Feather. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Another shot of Marcus and Feather. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Close-up of Feather. (Photo by Pat Blair)
Close-up of Feather. (Photo by Pat Blair)
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