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Waterloo horseback therapy nonprofit “Aspire” in danger of closing

WATERLOO, Iowa – A Waterloo nonprofit dedicated to helping people with disabilities is in danger of closing for good.

Aspire focuses on horseback therapy, and it’s been in the Cedar Valley for two decades. Instructor Angela Longhorn has worked there for two years.

She says, “Students come out, they’re in wheelchairs, and we put them on a horseback, and they’re just like everybody else.”

It’s a program that’s been around for 20 years, and for Instructor Dale Ulfers, it’s changed his life.

He says, “It’s changed my life as far as where I’m going in life, and where I’ve been. I’ve had a roller coaster ride, but things are a lot different now, and thank goodness to my son and my mom who let me come in and be a part of Aspire. I just want to keep it going. It’s incredible what it does for kids.”

Aspire has been in danger of closing. Last month, they say they didn’t have enough funding to pay bills and wages. The instructors say they had to notify everybody that the program wouldn’t be here.”

These instructors are doing everything they can to keep it going. They have a new board starting. They have 40 students enrolled in fall classes. And they’re working on getting funding and new fundraising ideas.

If you would like to help this nonprofit, click here for the GoFundMe Page. 

Click here for their Facebook if you’d like to get involved. Their always looking for students and volunteers!

Click here for the website.

It is located at: 8100 Kimball Avenue Waterloo, Iowa 50701

Amanda Gilbert

Multimedia Journalist

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