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Tara Borger

Since the very first day I came to volunteer at Willow Creek Ranch in 2010, I have been in love with the program. I was eager to learn and willing to do any task that needed to be done; it didn’t matter what the job was as long as I was at the barn. The barn was my happy place – even mucking out 10 or so stalls could make me feel profoundly at peace. Initially lured in by my lifelong love of horses, I had no previous experience working with children or adults with special needs but it was something that greatly interested me. The more I learned about the clients and families, the more I wanted to get involved in some way – I worked very briefly as a line therapist for Wisconsin Early Autism Project and gained valuable experience that helped me with my volunteer work at the ranch. After receiving my BFA in Illustration from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design in 2008, I returned to school in the fall of 2014 in order to obtain a license in art education and an adaptive art certification from Alverno College. The clients, families, and volunteers that I’ve come to know through WCR have been a tremendous inspiration for me to return to school and to teach. I am forever grateful for my WCR family and all that I’ve gained from being a part of the program and a for all that I’ve been able to give.