CARY--Corral Riding Academy of Cary asking the community for help in hopes of keeping the non-profit at its current location in south Wake County.
The academy pairs at-risk teenaged girls with rescued horses to promote healing, growth and life changes.
The president of the organization is hoping to raise $1 million over the next 10 months.
"We're really wrapping our arms around them and shepherding them all through their middle and high school years,” said Corral Riding Academy founder and President Joy Currey.
For the past seven years, Currey and her husband Rob have operated the non-profit organization Corral Riding Academy in Cary. It's a safe place for teenage girls to turn; most of whom are the victims of abuse, neglect or trauma.
"They come out here and they work with horses as a way of giving them a leg up in life and an opportunity to really make something of themselves,” said Currey.
But its future at the current location on Kildaire Farm Road remains uncertain, as the farm's owner wants to retire and sell the property in the next 10 months.
"At the time I didn't think it was possible for us to own a piece of property like this. But with the outpouring of the community around us, we've seen that it absolutely is possible,” said Currey.
So far Corral's "Forever Home Campaign" has already reached nearly half of its goal of $1 million, and all donations from now until Dec. 31 will be matched by a private donor, dollar for dollar up to $200,000.
And it’s those donations that will add to more success stories like Saint Andrews University student Marilyn Patterson.
"It changed me by being able to trust myself with other people again,” said Patterson.
"We suspect between this program and our satellite programs, that we'll be serving over 500 girls in the county over the next five years,” said Currey.
And helping more teens like Patterson is exactly what Corral Riding Academy is all about.
"I know it helped me a lot, and I would like for Corral to keep going, so other girls could have the same experience I had at Corral,” said Patterson.
If you would like to donate to Corral Riding Academy, click here.
Since the campaign began, they have received a $100,000 donation.