Kiwanis meets with Edelweiss director

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Edelweiss director discusses group’s special needs service

HANCOCK COUNTY — Tom Flanagan, the executive director of Edelweiss Equine Assisted Therapy Center, recently spoke with local Kiwanis about the group’s 12-year-old service to children and adults with special needs.

Flanagan discussed how Edelweiss is an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with special needs.

Through the rider and horse relationship it offers opportunities for people to nurture independence, confidence and trust in a safe and stimulating environment.

The group’s center is located on County Road 100S behind Covance Stall Farm.

Edelweiss has clients from ages 5 to 90 who are challenged with autism; physical limitations; and hearing, vision and psychological challenges.

It offers therapeutic driving, therapeutic riding and veteran’s programs.

Classes and programs begin in May and continue through October.

Edelweiss has a $2,200 per week cost to feed the horses. In addition, many volunteers are needed to assist in the therapy.

If interested in classes, giving financially or volunteering, email, call 317-759-9444 or visit the website at