Americorps Members Help Set Miracles in Motion

By Christina Targosz, Reporter

SWISHER, Iowa - Eight Iowa Americorps members have discovered a love for horses while helping the community. They are devoting three weeks of volunteering at the Miracles in Motion Therapeutic Equestrian Center in Swisher.

"It can be hard to get volunteers to donate the time that we need so to have them is fantastic," Cheryl Valenta, Community Relations and Development Director, said.


They do anything from painting to caring for the horses, but their most rewarding job is helping with the therapy classes.

"Its really apparent when you're working with the kids in the classes how much it helps them how happy you get to see their parents and that in itself is immediately rewarding," Jessica Beck, corps member, said.

The volunteers walk next to the horse to add safety and security for the therapy student.

"It looks amazing because when you see them come out of their cars they're just mosey-ing about but when they get on the horse they just come alive," Joseph Duchateau, corps member, said.

The therapy students come weekly, which gives the corps members a chance to see the progress each student makes.

"It makes you want to shed a tear kind of I mean I choke it down but it's really touching getting to see how much they learn and enjoy it while they're on the horse," Beck said.

Once the classes are over the Americorps team cares for the horses and tends to the stalls.

"The only complaint that any of us can think of during this whole entire thing is that we're not here longer," Beck said.

Just a few weeks of work, with a big impact.
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