The Barn Buddies is a community inclusion and life skills program for young adults (ages 21 and older) living with developmental disabilities who are looking for meaningful opportunities to give back to the communities that have supported them.
Barn Buddies work on developing life skills such as following directions, self-control, communication, punctuality and kindness. They also learn to groom, muck stalls, lead horses to and from their turnouts/stalls, while gaining a knowledge of barn life routines. The activities each Barn Buddy works on is centered around his or her individual interests and abilities, Alatheia’s needs, while learning to work independently and safely.
Their day begins in the barn where they meet to talk about the day’s to-do list. They then break out to work on group projects or their unique independent tasks. Daily charts help each buddy feel the value of being on time, completing goals, improving their self-confidence, and the importance of using kind hands. Most of all they build friendships and leave Alatheia knowing they are giving back to the community and the Fjord horses they have grown to love.