Brook Hill Retirement Center for Horses Inc
Rating: 4.9 stars 20 reviews
Issues: Animals, Children & Youth
Location: 7289 Bellevue Road Forest VA 24551 USA
Target demographics: unwanted horses and at risk youth
Direct beneficiaries per year: a total of 26 youth participants, including 4 with learning disabilities, 1 visually impaired, 1 with diabetes, 2 mentally challenged, 3 disadvantaged, 1 Autistic, 2 abused, 3 in trouble with the law, 8 with confidence issues stemming from bullying, and 1 with Anorexia were served
Geographic areas served: Forest, VA
Programs: United Neigh. The National Education Association’s Twelve Point Plan for Reducing the School Dropout Rate pinpoints “community-based, real-world learning experiences for students” and involvement in small after school groups as a key factor in increasing the rate of high school graduation. Serving Lynchburg City and the counties of Amherst, Campbell, and Bedford, each member is responsible to come to the farm two days a week year round to care for their program horse. Members follow a program that instills self-confidence, a strong sense of personal responsibility, recognition of the value of teamwork, and real-life workplace skills. This is accomplished through a bond of trust with a horse whose background is, too often, just as painful as their own.
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I donated my horse to Brook Hill this year after exploring and exhausting all other options that might allow him to live a useful life. After going through the application process and flying down to Virginia to see them in action it is clear to me they are very good at what they do. The horses are well cared for, and the work they do with disadvantaged youth is a wonderful way to teach children responsibility and empathy. I am thankful and relieved that my horse has the potential to be rehomed and live a useful life. I am MORE thankful and relieved that should he not hold up to the rigors of work he will always have a safe home with people who care about him.
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