THANK YOU for your generosity!
We raised $11,600 on April 1, 2021 during 401Gives to support our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program
A middle school boy created an obstacle course. He struggled in school with bullying, truancy, and making peer connections due to anxiety, a result of a history of witnessing violence. His obstacle course represented his upcoming school year. The course was quite crowded with obstacles when he was done. He was asked to write some things he would need to get through the obstacles. He responded, “Friends, positive mindset, good determination.” The horse had been standing still at the other end of the arena since the session started. Just as the client was ready to get the horse and take it through the course, the horse went to the end of the course and ran through to the beginning…without hitting a single obstacle. The client stood open-mouthed and said, “That was fantastic!” He identified the horse as STRENGTH.
This is just one story that has come out of St. Mary’s Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), which is an on the ground, experiential technique where participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with horses, and then discussing feelings, behaviors, and patterns. St. Mary’s partners with Faith Hill Farms in East Greenwich to run the program which utilizes a team approach comprised of an Equine Specialist, a Mental Health professional, and the horses who all work together to help vulnerable children.
Help St. Mary’s expand this important and life-changing program. Your donation today will directly fund equine assisted therapy sessions for children in need.
Become a fundraiser for St. Mary’s
If you’d like to help raise funds for St. Mary’s, simply click on the “Fundraise” button on our 401 Gives page. All you have to do is set up your page on the platform and it will give you a link which you can send to friends and family and share online just before April 1, 2021. This allows your friends and family to donate thorugh your page! Any amount raised will make a huge difference for the many children helped by our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy Program.