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Ride-A-Thon is on October 13th!
Welcome New Team Members!
Please welcome these new staff members to LoveWay!
Shannon Oakes
Community Engagement Coordinator
We are excited to announce Shannon Oakes has joined the LoveWay staff as the Community Engagement Specialist! Her duties will be volunteer recruitment as well as getting out into the community to tell people about the wonderful mission of LoveWay. Please take a moment to read Shannon’s Bio below and help us welcome her to the team!
Shannon is a graduate of Goshen College and served as the previous Senior Program Officer for the Community Foundation of Elkhart County. Although she greatly enjoyed her role, after 17 years she says she felt a tugging on her heart to get back into direct mission work. She admits she was terrified of making a change but felt pulled to LoveWay and the opportunity to work with the horses, the volunteers and most of all, individuals with special needs.
She and her husband Tony live in Middlebury and have three daughters, Christine, Victoria and Sydnee. They also have seven pets and a frequent flyer card for the Humane Society of Elkhart County.
Fun Facts: Shannon grew up in sunny San Diego, California. She is an avid shoe lover, is hearing impaired, has a talent for sarcasm and her life verse is 1 John 4:4.
Ryan Eash
Director of Equine Development
LoveWay would like to announce that we have hired a Director Of Equine Development! Ryan Eash is no stranger to LoveWay. Before joining the LoveWay team Ryan spent time training Mac, our Gypsy Vanner horse, as well as taking care in providing our equine staff quality feed as a sales rep with FD Miller. Please take a moment to welcome Ryan, and read his bio!
An Indiana native, Ryan grew up enjoying the outdoors, trail riding with horses and training Labrador Retrievers. In 2010 he graduated from Miracle Mountain Ranch School of Discipleship with a horse major, as well as studies with Rosedale Bible College. He is passionate about horse training, and greatly admires the many ways horses are able to enrich the lives of people all over the world. “I always thought it would be neat to be involved with people and horses somehow. Joining the LoveWay family is a dream come true!”
Ryan, and his beautiful wife Tabitha, are blessed with two children, Chet and Willow.
Community
Big thanks to the Elkhart Area Marine Corps League #1397
Local Veterans Duane Cessna and Gene Demorrow installed a flag pole and raised the awesome flag of the United States of America here at LoveWay in the month of September. We are grateful to the entire Elkhart Area Marine Group for this wonderful donation.
God Bless America!
To learn more about The Elkhart Area Marine Corps, please visit their website.
A Fun and Successful Gallop for the Green
The Gallop for the Green golf outing was held on September, 13. We had a beautiful day with a great group of golfers and sponsors.
We would like to recognize the following sponsors: Lippert Components, Matt Arnold, Airxcel, Facility Mechanical Services, Welch Packaging, Heritage Financial Group, 1st Source Insurance, Shrock Manufacturing, Midwest Metals, David Smith III, Mishawaka Sheet Metal, DDR Company, LLC., Lakota Trailers, Quality Seamless Gutters, LLC., Lake City Bank, and Ryan Thwaits.
HUGE thanks to all golfers and sponsors that supported LoveWay during Gallop for the Green. All proceeds go directly to our Student Scholarship Fund which is vital to our program’s success. Thank you on behalf of our riders, staff, and Board of Directors!
Volunteer Spotlight
Long-time LoveWay volunteer, Sheila Dibley, was featured in the September issue of Senior Life Newspaper. Sheila has been a consistent volunteer for 23 years and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon! LoveWay has been blessed by Sheila over the years. She is like part of the family! Sheila not only volunteers at LoveWay, she also takes her dog to visit residents at the Greenleaf Health Campus once a month. Please take a moment to read her interview on page 3.
4-Legged News
LoveWay’s Newest Herd Member
Smoke is the newest addition to the LoveWay staff! He is a 16 year old Paint gelding who was a Bristol Posse horse! He was donated by Jen Yoder and family. He has been their family horse and is described as being a big dog! He has a very lovable personality and wants to always be around people! Smoke has very distinctive markings and his eyes are the most beautiful blue! Make sure you say hi!
Welcome Back Kayla
Kayla was leased to us this Spring from one of our volunteers. The staff all loved having her here and she was a natural for classes! We are so happy to say that Kayla is back for our Fall semester!! She will be working in classes starting next week!
2003 Paint Mare
Joined LW: September 2018
Color: Chestnut and White Paint
Donated by: Patti Miller
Save the Date
Ride-A-Thon, October 13th
This year we are planning some exciting new changes to Ride-A-Thon! As in the past, we will be offering our pancake and sausage breakfast sponsored by the Exchange Club of Elkhart County from 7-10 am, having our locally donated bake sale, and of course the beautiful Trail ride itself with lead-off at 10:30 am. New this year, we have decided to provide the Fun Fair with its own day of celebration which will occur Spring/Summer of 2019. In place of the Fun Fair, we will be providing equine inspired services and experiences to enhance our trail riders experience. There will be opportunities for a professional photograph to be taken of riders with their horses, the newest information on feed and supplementation and saddle fitting will be offered, and this is just to name a few exciting changes! We are also offering different pricing to ride – $40/adult and $20/child (18 & under). A minimum of $40 is required to ride, but we encourage you to collect sponsorships from family, friends, and local businesses. There are prizes for the top rider, volunteer, and child who collect the most sponsors. Visit FirstGiving where you can get registered and create your own fundraising page! Even if you don’t want to ride, there is still an option to participate in the day’s events. For a donation of just $40 you get access to the Equine Professionals, lunch, ticket to see Ryan Eash-Fun with MAC, and a free door prize ticket!.
Volunteer Updates
Friends of LoveWay
The fall Friends of LoveWay lunch will be held at the LoveWay campus on Thursday, 10/25. The Friends of LoveWay is a group of former volunteer who are no longer actively volunteering. Are you a past volunteer? We’d love to have you! For more information, or to RSVP, please call or e-mail Shannon:
574-825-5666, [email protected]
No Class Reminders:
10/12 & 10/13 Ride-A-Thon Prep & Event Day
10/23-10/27 Fall Break
10/29 No 11:15 am class (all other will be in session)
How to Help
DONATE!
Without donations LoveWay could not continue to serve the special needs community.
We rely on you and your support.
To make a donation via Paypal:
Or
Mail your check to:
LoveWay, Inc.
54151 County Road 33
Middlebury, Indiana 46540
Thank you!
Where there is love, there is a way!
Everybody Shops!
If you shop on Amazon use the following link: smile.amazon.com/ch/35-1326709 and they will donate .5% of your purchase to LoveWay!
For Hardings go to hardings.com, click ‘Savings & Rewards’ then “Community Rewards” and follow the instructions, choosing LoveWay. When checking out at the register, simply enter your 10 digit phone number on the pin pad.
For Kroger go to krogercommunityrewards.com, register for an online account, select your nearest store, then enter your personal Kroger Rewards number and LoveWay’s Non-Profit number (34704).
The Fall Semester has started!
Welcome New Team Members!
Please welcome these new staff members to LoveWay!
Kayla Abbott
PATH Certified Instructor
Kayla grew up a mile down the road from her great aunt and uncle’s farm. From the moment she could walk being out in the barn with the horses was her favorite thing! Growing up caring for and riding her aunt’s horses Kayla learned the importance of respect, community, and love. In 2017 Kayla graduated from Taylor University with a degree in Christian Educational Ministries. While in college Kayla competed on Taylor’s equestrian team. After college God led Kayla to Chesterton, Indiana where she worked at a non-profit that uses horses as a way to counsel and mentor kids at risk. Through that internship she realized this would be her dream. Kayla became PATH certified in June 2018. She is excited to be using her passions and gifts as an instructor at LoveWay!
Deb Beehler
Instructor in Training
Deb is a lifelong resident of Elkhart County with strong family and community ties here. She lives in Jimtown with her husband. Her greatest blessings are being mom to her wonderful daughter and grandma to her three remarkable teenage grandchildren. Deb also enjoy caring for her horses, chicken, cats, and dog, traveling/camping and vegetable gardening. After work as Chief Juvenile Probation Officer for Elkhart County for 18 years and Coordinator of Behavior Supports for Elkhart County Community Schools for 15 years, Deb retired from full-time employment in January 2017. Deb has been involved at LoveWay for over 10 years as a volunteer and Board member. Deb is thrilled to join the staff and continue to experience the miracles that happen at LoveWay on a daily basis.
Jessica Shelner
PATH Certified Instructor
Jess has always loved horses and has been riding since she was 8 years old. She graduated from Albion College with a degree in Psychology and has been a certified PATH Instructor since 2008. She married Eric, her best friend since seventh grade, in 2009 and they now have 3 crazy kids (Titus, 6; Aurora, 3; Maddox, 1). Jess says she has seen God do amazing things at LoveWay before (She worked here 2009-2012) and she is excited to be part of this ministry again now that they are back in Indiana!
We are Thankful For
Work Groups
Big thanks to the Wakarusa Missionary Church work group who came in early August! They cleaned paddocks and grooming buckets, as well as doing lots of weeding! Thanks so much! We appreciate all of your hard work!
Community
A Special Visitor
LoveWay was blessed to have a visit from an old friend in August!  Toni Sharp is the International Director for the New Zealand “Toastmasters” and is in the United States for a conference being held in Chicago. Fortunately for us, she stopped by LoveWay to share her experiences from over 30 years ago. “Getting to know Toni personally and hearing her testimony was fascinating”, said Executive Director Shelley Becker. Toni’s story began at the age of 14 when she was kicked by a horse in the head, back in her home of New Zealand, which led to permanent blindness. Soon after the accident, her mother entered her into the “Foreign Exchange Student” program through her school and Toni quickly became one of the first exchange students coming to the United States with a “special need”. “Finding opportunities for the visually impaired was a struggle”, stated her host family “The Surfaces”. Toni had been an equestrian prior to her accident and therefore they reached out to LoveWay in hopes of an opportunity for her to ride again. The dream was fulfilled and Toni was able to trail ride weekly while living in the United States. Though 30 years have passed, Toni still remembered the amazing horse she rode, Sundance.  As luck would have it, Sundance’s photo is still on the wall at LoveWay today.  Toni says that her riding time at LoveWay was the highlight of her school year abroad in the United States.
Volunteer Spotlight
Volunteer of the Month Megan Doucette
This month the volunteer spotlight is on Megan Doucette, from Elkhart!
Megan has been volunteering with us for close to a year, and began as an exercise rider, mainly riding Rusty. This past spring she also began volunteering in classes and has shared that she loves being able to meet other volunteers and see their passion shine through. Megan commented, “seeing the kids improve as we go is the most amazing thing to watch!”
We are grateful to Megan, who is a tremendous asset to LoveWay and our students!
4-Legged News
In Memory of Honey
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the loss our sweet girl Honey. Honey was an incredible staff member for over 7 years, giving countless riders joy and blessing everyone that had the pleasure of working with her. Most everyone remembers Honey “singing” in the arena, a sure sign of her happiness. Honey had the biggest heart and she will always be remembered as the sweetest horse in the barn (which is why she got her name!) She had been battling illness for a while, and for a time we were able to keep her comfortable. Unfortunately, she got to the point where we were not able to do that for her anymore. Honey did so much for so many people at LoveWay, and she will always be remembered as the sweetest horse around. 💔🐴
To make a donation to LoveWay in Honey’s name please follow this link: In Memory of Honey
Happy Retirement to Whitey
Whitey is retiring!! Whitey has been on staff for 3 years, serving our riders amazingly well! He has adapted to the therapeutic riding world so well, even though he is missing his right eye! At this time we feel that it has become too much for Whitey, and he is showing signs that he is unhappy here. He has been such a wonderful horse for LoveWay and we are going to miss him so much! We want to thank his owner for leasing him to us for the past 3 years. Whitey is going to be heading back to his previous home at Camp Eberhart where he is going to get a nice break before starting up trail riding in the Spring. Happy trails, Whitey!
Happy Trails to Merryweather
We’d like to announce the retirement of Merryweather the mini donkey! Merryweather went to her new home in mid-August. Merryweather came to LoveWay in 2015, and helped with our Breakfast with Santa events at Christmastime, as well as semester kick off week each spring and fall. We are sad to see her go, but are happy that she’ll be going to live a full-time life of leisure! We wish our big-eared friend the best with her new family.
Save the Date
Upcoming Events:
Sept. 13  Gallop for the Green- LoveWay Annual Golf Outing
Oct. 13  Ride-A-Thon
Gallop for the Green
There are sponsor opportunities and team slots still available, so gather your team and give us a call or email [email protected]to get signed up!
Flyer and Sponsorship Form available here!
Ride-A-Thon
This year we are planning some exciting new changes to Ride-A-Thon! As in the past, we will be offering our pancake and sausage breakfast sponsored by the Exchange Club of Elkhart County from 7-10 am, having our locally donated bake sale, and of course the beautiful Trail ride itself with lead-off at 10:30 am. New this year, we have decided to provide the Fun Fair with its own day of celebration which will occur Spring/Summer of 2019. In place of the Fun Fair, we will be providing equine inspired services and experiences to enhance our trail riders experience. There will be opportunities for a professional photograph to be taken of riders with their horses, the newest information on feed and supplementation, professional saddle fitting will be offered, and this is just to name a few exciting changes! We are also offering different pricing to ride – $40/adult and $20/child (18 & under). A minimum of $40 is required to ride, but we encourage you to collect sponsorships from family, friends, and local businesses. There are prizes for riders that collect the most sponsors. Visit FirstGiving where you can get registered and create your own fundraising page!
Volunteer Needs
Fall Semester Sign Up
The Fall Semester started Monday, August 27 and goes through Saturday, December 1.
Daytime classes are Monday to Saturday.
Evening classes are Monday to Thursday.
We still have spots available. Can’t commit? Sign up to be on a sub list to fill in on occasion.
Give us a call to find out if there’s a class that would fit into your schedule, or to sign up to be a sub.
574-825-5666
Ways to Help!
DONATE!
Without donations LoveWay could not continue to serve the special needs community.
We rely on you and your support.
To make a donation via Paypal:
Or
Mail your check to:
LoveWay, Inc.
54151 County Road 33
Middlebury, Indiana 46540
Thank you!
Where there is love, there is a way!
Back to School Shopping
If you shop on Amazon use the following link: smile.amazon.com/ch/35-1326709 and they will donate .5% of your purchase to LoveWay!
For Hardings go to hardings.com, click ‘Savings & Rewards’ then “Community Rewards” and follow the instructions, choosing LoveWay. When checking out at the register, simply enter your 10 digit phone number on the pin pad.
For Kroger go to krogercommunityrewards.com, register for an online account, select your nearest store, then enter your personal Kroger Rewards number and LoveWay’s Non-Profit number (34704).
LoveWay Summer Happenings!
We are Thankful For
A HUGE thanks to Genesis Products who sent over 30 volunteers over 3 days during one of the hottest weeks of July! Volunteers helped with everything from laying mulch on the sensory trail, pulling weeds, mucking out paddocks, to stuffing envelopes for a mailing. The LoveWay grounds have never looked as good. Thanks to all!
Our Generous Community
LoveWay at the South Bend Cubs
LoveWay partnered with The Express Employment Professionals of North-Central Indiana and the Express Clydesdalesback on July 1 at a South Bend Cubs game. Photo-ops were available with two of the massive Clydesdales who were brought in on the Four Winds Field concourse. Donations were taken on behalf of LoveWay. This was the second summer that LoveWay has paired up with the Express Professionals. We look forward to future events together!
In Memory of Grant Newcomer
A friend of LoveWay left us too soon. Grant F. Newcomer, 45, of LaGrange died unexpectedly Saturday, June 30, 2018 at his residence because of an accident while working on his car. Grant enjoyed horseback riding, because of this his family asked for memorials to be contributed to LoveWay. We are so sorry for the loss of this man who was always ready to lend a helping hand to others. We will keep his wife, Michele, and their whole family in our thoughts and prayers. We are saddened by this tragedy, but blessed by the generosity of so many who have donated in Grant’s name.
Monogram Loves Kids Foundation
We are thrilled to announce the Monogram Loves Kids Foundation has awarded a grant for $10,000 to support LoveWay’s Student Scholarship Fund! We are so thankful for the generosity shown by our amazing community. Thank you Monogram Loves Kids Foundation!
Volunteer Spotlight
Shout Out to Curt Girton
Our volunteer in the spotlight this month is on Curt Girton, from Bristol. Curt has been volunteering with us for 10 years. He was a Horse Leader for two Wednesday morning classes this past spring, and will resume his role this fall. Three years ago Curt was working with a young boy who was non-verbal and said, “It was the next to the last class of the semester when he spoke for the first time! It brought a tear to my eye because his parents were not there to hear him speak.” Curt also has a 13 year old grandson who lives in Orlando and has autism. Thank you Curt, for your time spent volunteering at LoveWay and the impact that you have had on our students!
4-Legged News
Welcome to Finely, Miracle, and Chester
Finely:
1993
Quarter Horse Mare
Color: Bay
Leased by: Jennifer Patterson
Chester:
2003 Quarter Horse Gelding
Color: Sorrel
Donated by: Danielle Layne
Miracle:
2000 Quarter Horse Gelding
Color: Bay
Donated by: Danielle Layne
All three of these horses are super sweet and are wonderful additions to the LoveWay therapy horse crew!
Happy Retirement Jasper!
Jasper was delivered to his new home in July. Here he is pictured with his new buddy, Ross. He settled in really well and his new owner is in LOVE! Ross and Jasper got along right away. It’s safe to say we found him the perfect home!! Thank you Jasper for your years of service as a LoveWay therapy horse!
**The health and well-being of our equine staff is a number one priority here at LoveWay. For this reason, Merryweather, Whitey, Junior, and Gus are on the soon to be retired list.
Stay tuned for upcoming herd updates!
Save the Date
Volunteer Orientations:
August 14
10:00 am- 12:00 pm
August 16
6:00 pm- 8:00 pm
Please call to reserve your spot!
574-825-5666 or email:
Upcoming Events:
Aug. 11 Middlebury Summer Parade
Aug. 20-25 Volunteer Kick Off Week
Aug. 27-Sept. 1  First week of Fall Classes
Sept. 13  Gallop for the Green
Oct. 13  Ride-A-Thon
Gallop for the Green
We would like to send a huge THANK YOU to our Gallop for the Green sponsors: Lippert Components, Airxcel, Matt Arnold, Facility Mechanical Services, and Key Bank. We are so grateful for your support!
There are sponsor opportunities and team slots still available, so gather your team and give us a call or email [email protected] to get signed up!
Flyer and Sponsorship Form available here!
Volunteer Needs
Fall Semester Sign Up
Horse Leader & Sidewalker Kick-Off week is
August 20-25.
Fall Semester starts Monday, August 27 and goes through Saturday, December 1.
Daytime classes are Monday to Saturday.
Evening classes are Monday to Thursday.
Not able to volunteer but still want to help?…
We have you covered!
DONATE!
Without donations LoveWay could not continue to serve the special needs community.
We rely on you and your support.
To make a donation via Paypal:
Or
Mail your check to:
LoveWay, Inc.
54151 County Road 33
Middlebury, Indiana 46540
Thank you!
Where there is love, there is a way!
Everyone Shops!
If you shop on Amazon use the following link: smile.amazon.com/ch/35-1326709 and they will donate .5% of your purchase to LoveWay!
For Hardings go to hardings.com, click ‘Savings & Rewards’ then “Community Rewards” and follow the instructions, choosing LoveWay. When checking out at the register, simply enter your 10 digit phone number on the pin pad.
For Kroger go to krogercommunityrewards.com, register for an online account, select your nearest store, then enter your personal Kroger Rewards number and LoveWay’s Non-Profit number (34704).
Cookie Club
Like to bake cookies? We’d love to have a freezer full of homemade cookies to be available when there’s a work group or special event at LoveWay so that we can provide a nice snack or thank you to those attending. If you’d like to be a “Cookie Club” volunteer contact Erin MP.