HARTFORD -- Patricia Kelly is a former Marine and a lifelong Hartford resident who's giving back to her community and making it a better place.
She's the founder of Ebony Horsewomen, a non-profit organization devoted to equine therapy with children. "As children we used to come over here and ride," She said. "So if there's going to be a place for horses in Hartford this has to be the place!"
Kelly runs the farm to provide kids with an alternative to life in the mean streets. Around 300 kids pass through the program each year. In addition to horse therapy, Kelly offers animal science and riding lessons.
"They learn that in order to change some of the environmental factors I have to change myself and the horses are the best guide to show you that," says Kelly.
One of her success stories came years ago in the form of a 7 year old Hartford youth named Frederick Wright. " I was getting into a lot of trouble at home and school," said Wright. "...and my mom found this place and made me come here. I didn't like horses or anything like that...it was just never an interest."
Today, Wright is 18, and will attend Cornell University in the fall to study blacksmithing.
Patricia Kelly was nominated as a "CNN Hero" and is among 10 finalists to receive a $100,000 grant -- but she needs your help!