Danos Foundation Helps Refuge Services in Lubbock, Texas


By: Melanie Toups

The Danos Foundation asks each grant recipient to provide a brief recap of how their organization used the grant funds they received from Danos Gives. The grant received by Refuge Services provided 104 hours of equine-assisted therapy for 35 clients, including 12 veterans, 18 children with disabilities and five at-risk youth.

With these program funds available, all clients had equal opportunity to the therapeutic benefits of the horses no matter what condition or financial limitation. All monies donated went directly to reducing the fees of therapy based on income and expenses of clients in need.

For children with disabilities and/or veterans with mental health issues, the equine therapy offers a professional and safe place to address therapy goals such as improving muscle tone/strength, impulse control, social skills, anger management skills, and reducing anxiety. With the program funds, the clients were able to access the services at a rate that is affordable to all. Thank you for impacting our community in such a positive way.

Just a few weeks ago, we had a little girl with down syndrome say her first word on the back of a horse! Her mother was in tears. She has made so much progress in her development through her horse therapy sessions. We see small miracles happen daily as a result of your generosity! Thank you so much for helping us help our community!

Patti Mandrell
Director of Therapy Services
Refuge Services


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Melanie Toups

Melanie joined Danos in 2012 and is currently the sales operations analyst. She has worked with customer relationship management since 2009 and was on assignment as international CRM project manager in her previous job. She graduated from Nicholls State University with bachelors degrees in marketing and professional selling.


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