Four members from Vinfen’s Baybridge Clubhouse recently participated in a 12-week, labor-intensive volunteer program at Serenity Farm on Cape Cod, MA. The participants had the opportunity to help care for the many animals housed at Serenity Farm while enjoying the therapeutic benefits to interacting with horses and other farm animals.
Serenity Farm is a locally owned and operated non-profit dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation, and re-homing of farm animals- including horses, alpacas, llamas, goats, turkeys, and chickens. The farm is supported entirely by donations and staffed by volunteers who provide care and companionship to the farm’s animals.
“Animals there are taken from slaughter, neglect, or families who can’t care for them anymore monetarily…and [Serenity] houses them in hopes they will be adopted,” said Baybridge Clubhouse Director Scott Conroy.
Over the course of the horsemanship program, the four Baybridge participants truly connected with the animals in their care. Haley, a Baybridge Clubhouse staff member, decided to adopt a full-size horse from Serenity at the end of the program.
One Clubhouse member said of the experience, “In riding a horse, we borrow freedom.” Another formed a deep bond with an affectionate chicken named Bluebeard, who enjoyed sitting atop the member’s shoulder.
The program culminated with a show for other Baybridge Clubhouse members where one participant led a horse through a jumping course at the farm.
Baybridge Clubhouse held a successful Yard Sale to generate funds from their community supporters to donate to Serenity Farms. “By word of mouth we spread the news to ask people to donate for the yard sale. Baybridge picked it up and brought everything to the storage unit, donated by a brother of a co-worker at Cove [Clubhouse],” Scott said. “That kind of had a life of its own. It just blew up.”
Thanks to the generosity of neighbors, friends, family, and supportive community members, Baybridge raised $700 toward Serenity Farm.