The JoyRide Center Preparatory Program (JRC Prep) is a functional Day Habilitation program where adults with disabilities can find joy and purpose in their lives.  At JRC Prep, we believe that every individual has a unique gift to offer, and that productivity and connections to others are the building blocks of a joyful life.  JRC Prep works to develop a broad range of skills and friendships that help our clients become more active, engaged members of their communities and families.

JRC Prep offers a complete learning program that integrates functional academics, life-skills, and pre-vocational skills into a work-based learning system.  Our clients are involved in every facet of JoyRide Center, as they learn the skills required to manage a non-profit therapeutic horsemanship program.  In addition, our clients are involved in developing and creating products that are offered as gifts for donations.

Individual goals and objectives are embedded into each activity, and carefully monitored.  Our primary goal is to empower each client to live a dignified and productive life.  In order to achieve this, we maintain a low student-teacher ratio.  Each class has one certified special education teacher, two staff mentors, and 1-2 trained volunteers working with no more than 7 clients.

Our activities at JRC Prep Include:

Helping JoyRide Center

We help JoyRide as volunteers each class day.  Activities such as bathing and grooming horses, cleaning tack and grooming tools, and checking fencing, horse troughs and pastures help our clients develop a sense of meaningful belonging to the JoyRide family.  We are also involved in fundraising activities.  The JRC Prep group assists at fundraising events, and help write thank you notes to donors.


JRC Prep is learning all aspects of running a small business by developing our own horse treat line. Our clients have named the horse treats “Hearts of Texas”. JRC Prep participated in the state licensing process and now take and complete orders, maintain inventory, and track finances using a simple spreadsheet. We have recently expanded our product line to include other products such as: ceramic Christmas ornaments, herb gardens, and hand-made stationery. These products are offered as gifts for donations, and all donations go directly toward JRC Prep program expenses.

Meal Preparation

Every other month, JRC Prep prepares a full meal for our staff. On alternate months, we prepare simple meals that could be cooked at home with appropriate supervision. As a group, we plan menus, determine ingredients, inventory our kitchen, and develop a grocery list. We also send invitations to others who join us for the meal, set and decorate the tables and prepare and serve the meals.

Arts & Crafts

JRC Prep partners with Nancy Garrett of Nancy’s Fancy’s to create ceramic ornaments. We make Christmas ornaments for donations, but we also create clay projects just for fun! In addition to ceramics, we enjoy experimenting with stencils, creating mosaics, and a variety of other craft activities.


JRC Prep currently grows small herb gardens from seedlings in a small, portable greenhouse.  We are hoping to expand into a more traditional greenhouse within the next two years.

Recreation & Leisure

Social connections are a critical element of JRC Prep, and we consider ourselves to be a family.  Our clients are learning about the value of work and play.  We enjoy card games and board games.  As we move to a full day this Fall, we will add more active games, such as indoor bowling.


*The current class schedule is as follows and is subject to change:

  • MONDAYS: 9 AM to 3 PM
  • WEDNESDAYS: 9 AM to 3 PM

Due to the limited number of clients we can serve in the JRC Prep Program, please contact Cindy Yelverton  cyelverton@joyridecenter.org directly to inquire about openings for new clients.