PBJ Connections Inc

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Mental Health, Human Services

Location: 9800 Jug Street Road Pataskala OH 43062 USA

Mission: PBJ Connections, Inc. is a non-profit organization providing emotional healing for at-risk youths and their families using an innovative program that brings together the clients, a therapist, and horses.
Results: PBJ Connections has delivered over 1100 client sessions since we began services in the summer of 2007.
Target demographics: The youths that we serve come primarily from a low socioeconomic background and are struggling with mental health issues or exhibiting behavioral disturbances that are preventing them from succeeding at school or in the community.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 100
Programs: Equine Assisted Therapy For Individuals, Families, and Groups - We offer equine assisted therapy to at-risk youth and families. Sessions focus on emotional awareness and behavioral management which helps clients deal with mental health issues or environmental stressors. Therapeutic Horse Management - This program focuses on teaching horse-related skills while working on self-discipline, job skills, and communication skills. This educational experience is schedule on an as-needed basis. PBJ@Work - PBJ Connections offers a rich set of corporate leadership and teamwork options that are suitable for work and social teams of all sizes. Equine Assisted Therapy Program Consultation - Thinking of starting your own therapy program? We frequently get phone calls from people wanting to start their own program. Consultation is available on an hourly basis.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Having lived with ADD all of my life; that was what attracted me to this organization. My first encounter with PBJ Connections was actually a meeting with the lead therapy animals; Rocky (horse) and Eddie (donkey). The animals drew me in, grabbed my heart and took me along with them. Those two wonderful animals brought me into the program, and then I learned about what those two amazing animals do with the help of professionals.

PBJ Connections has been a life-changing experience for me; just seeing how these animals work with kids in need of mental and behavioral health therapies. And, seeing the happiness that these animals bring to both kids and adults, that alone, keeps me going.

In a time in when there is so much stress and anxiety among the youth population, making a connection with kids in need is so important. PBJ Connections focuses on providing these needed services.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Expand services to senior citizens in need of mental health therapy.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with PBJ since it's beginnings. It has grown tremendously over the years. One only has to look at the faces of clients as they work with the horses and a light bulb goes on as they associate the reactions of the horses with the reactions of people in their lives to see how well this therapy works. PBJ's commitment to serving the mental health/ behavioral issues of all regardless of ability to pay and the wonderful results they achieve make them worthy of all the support they can get.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with PBJ Connections from the start and have watched it grow along with it's clients. The staff are true professionals, as the many referrals from schools, mental health organizatios, and other mental health professionals will attest.I only wish the unique kind of services they offer were available to more kids and families and if I were in a position to make a large donation to any organization, it would go right to them. In the meantime I'll continue to give what I can and volunteer my services.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have seen the changes in clients as a "lightbulb turns on" when they make the "connection" betwen the reaction of the horse to their behavior and the way people may be reacting to them.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

PGJ Connections is a wonderful organization helping emotionally heal others through horses. As a volunteer, I have always been treated wonderfully by its staff and would recommend the organization to anyone.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

PBJ Connections is a wonderful organization. The help that they give to children and families makes a huge difference. I hope people will donate lots of money to the organization to allow them to provide this service for many years to come.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

As a mental health professional, I have had the opportunity to witness kids and adults who were very guarded and not responsive to traditional counseling blossom as result of their experience with PB and J. I was amazed to see how quickly and positively people relate to horses and I have been consistently impressed by the quality of the staff. I became involved in PB and J in retirement because my 40+ years of experience in mental health care told me that this is the place to help kids and families!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

It's absolutely amazing the euphoric responses generated from working with the therapy horses and donkeys. Animals are totally non judgemental which allows people to be genuine in return. It's a win/win no matter what perspective you look at it!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The work that PBJ Connections does and the difference they make in the lives of the clients and their families is absolutely amazing. It is an extremely effective therapy and one that could help a large number of youth.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Volunteering my time.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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1 person found this review helpful

Being a horse owner myself, I know what it takes to keep a facility like PBJ running and it's not easy. But, I am continually impressed with the dedication and care given to the horses and donkeys, and to the clients and the amount of services provided on a limited budget. A great deal of thought and care is put into all they do.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Animals are amazing teachers and I continually learn more about myself as I work with them.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Reach many more children and families in need and could better market the concept of equine therapy.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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2 people found this review helpful

I've volunteered a few times at PBJ - brushing horses, etc. - because a friend raved about the place and I wanted to get a feel for what equine-assisted therapy was all about. The staff gave demonstrations with the horses that gave me a feel for what goes on - and a lightbulb went off in my head: Animals are amazing intuitive "therapists", able to effortlessly get to the heart of the matter, comfort, guide, even protect and provide a safe emotional haven. PBJ knows what it's doing in this field, and stories I've heard from clients/staff/volunteers bear this out: They and their horses work miracles ... on a shoestring budget.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the clients who've been helped and hearing their stories. Nothing first-hand, but plenty of "witness" testimonies!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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2 people found this review helpful

This organization consistantly promotes professionalism in the field of equine assisted psychotherapy as well as in the general mental health field. PBJ Connections is filling a great need within Central Ohio for affordable mental health care for youths and families. The staff are well educated and the program is cutting edge.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the reward of seeing this program make a huge difference in the lives of so many clients.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

help them raise more funding and help them gain greater publicity.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the innovation and energy of the people involved and the difference I've seen it make in the lives of others.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

friendly and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

hire more staff and serve more clients. Programming could expand to help serve the thousands of families in Central Ohio that are not receiving the mental health care they need.

Ways to make it better...

the organization had that 10 million bucks!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising funds and getting the publicity needed to continue growing and serving Central Ohio.

One thing I'd also say is that...

the integrity of this organization is impeccable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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