I have been a volunteer with Horses Healing Hearts for the past 9 years. Some of the things the children talk about during circle time are heartbreaking. (I could have used a program like this when I was growing up.) The sessions at HHH are therapy for me. These children are my heroes!
Over the years, I have seen the difference in the children from when they first come in. Their whole personality changes. They begin to feel safe and become more relaxed and are open to sharing. The quiet ones slowly come out of their shell and speak more and the talkative ones begin to calm down. Watching a withdrawn moody child start to smile and interact with the other children over time is so wonderful to see. They begin to bond with one another. Being involved in the program over the years, I have seen the difference in some children who started at five or ten years of age grow into teenagers who are now driving and come in their own cars. The teens help out with the younger children who look up to them. Some have become what seems will be life-long friends. They are different people now. This really blows me away!
The power of the horse. Horses Healing Hearts has helped so many young boys and girls with alcohol and drug addicted parents.
Wonderful organization and they are addressing a niche that often goes un-noticed or under-represented. They take great care of their horses and they really help the kids!
My Foundation recently made a large grant to Horses Healing Hearts (HHH) in Boynton Beach Fla. When I, along with several of our Board Members, visited HHH we were blown away by the compassion of their staff and their connection to the kids. I personally visited several times after our first visit and it became so clear how this program positively impacted both the kids and their families. My only concern was that the waiting list far exceeded the ability HHH to serve all the kids in need. HHH is a true difference maker!
My daughter counted down the minutes until HHH every Saturday. I can’t imagine a more helpful program for her—we will always be so grateful.
Working with this organization for 2-3 years, I have seen great things, great kids, and great experiences with life changing moments for everyone. We all work to support these kids in a life changing and encouraging ways that have brought a smile to my face. Despite everything these kids have gone through, they're still able to genuinely enjoy themselves and be able to share their life stories with us. I enjoy every moment being able to work for such a great organization and be able to work with these wonderful kids.
What a life-changing program this has been for my children. They began attending at ages 9 & 11. My now 12 year old daughter has become so confident and compassionate - she knows the words to use to advocate for herself and both children have great boundaries established. My children love the clubhouse, the confidential nature of talks and they have worked through feelings of anger, sadness and frustration so beautifully. They truly have tools for life! Thank you HHH!
Horses healing hearts change so many children attitudes to positive outlooks on life. Being involved with the charity has taught me so many ways to aware daily signs of children that may have a hard time being accepted. I have learned to be generous and caring towards others feelings.
I have been a volunteer with Horses Healing Hearts for over 5 years. I have had the opportunity to participate in horsemanship sessions with the children, fundraising events, and community education programs. It is almost impossible to describe the healing a horse can provide to a child who is hurting inside. I can only say it is magical. For many of the young Horses Healing Hearts participants, the barn is their only safe place, and the horse is their only confidante. Horses really do heal hearts! Abbi Bentz
I am so blessed to be a volunteer at this wonderful organization. They are making a difference in these childrens' lives. I am testament to them opening up and gaining confidence, forging bonds, learning to trust, and learning coping skills to halt the cylce of addiction . The interaction among the children, with the staff and volunteers and most importantly with the horses is incredible.
Horses healing hearts helps children to recover from trauma at home and gives them the much needed life skills they need to break the cycle of addiction and have a bright future. Thank you for your commitment to our children who are our future.
I could't feel more honored to be a volunteer at Horses Healing Hearts and to be a part of this unbelievable program. As an adult child of an alcoholic, I cannot tell you how much I would of given to have a place like this for me to go to when I was growing up and dealing with an alcoholic parent at home and all of the fear and uncertainty that goes along with that for a child. HHH gives these children a place to actually be heard in a truly safe and nurturing environment. As children of alcoholics or addicts, we learn early on to not talk about certain things within the family and so we are always carrying around many dark and scary secrets. HHH is a safe place for these kids to talk about those things that they were always told to keep secret, and they do it with the love and support of the other children and volunteers. Children dealing with an addicted parent grow up with complete chaos and uncertainty constantly in their world. So having this amazing program that they all come to once or twice a week, gives them something to look forward to and something that they can "count" on, which is so extremely important for these kids. Having something continuous, safe and stable is beyond priceless and this program gives that to these beautiful souls. This program gives hope and support to these children, and that is something I am blessed to be a part of. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else then with these amazing kids!!!
When we drove away after my daughter’s first session, I asked her how it was. She replied, “I want to go back right now.” It’s emotional for me to see her so eager to go every week, knowing how much she’s getting out of talking to these other kids who make her feel safe and normal, out of the leaders who guide them, and out of being on and around the sweet horses—especially after all she’s been through (all of them). I feel so lucky we found Horses Healing Hearts, and know we will be there until she’s an adult. She will be so eager to give back after she’s 18, like I see so many coming back and being a rock for the others who’ve come into the program after them. It’s truly a lifelong community, one week at a time.
When I volunteered at HHH last year, the compassion and love I witnessed by each and every one of the volunteers was unlike anything I had ever seen at any of the other charities I have volunteered at in the past. They truly care. And the kids noticed it. I could tell by the big smiles on all their faces. Kudos to you HHH. Keep up the great work.
My daughter Jayden has been attending the Horses and Homework sessions on Wednesdays at HHH for the past few months and she absolutely loves it! She has tried traditional counseling and therapy in the past but she has never really opened up before. I feel that since she has been going to HHH she is able to share her feelings in a safe setting and it has enabled her to learn to express and communicate her feelings more effectively at home. The interaction with the staff and the horses is icing on the cake! This organization does amazing things for these children and I whole-heartedly support them and their mission!
Since my son has started Horses Healing Hearts our family's quality of life has dramatically improved. Jayden has shown improvement with his social skills and is gaining more and more self confidence. He is identifying his feeling and learning to express himself whereas he used to get very angry and shut down. This program gives Jayden a safe place, positive outlook on life and has gained an extended family.
I cannot say enough good things about this program. As a volunteer I think that the program is mutually beneficial for the children served and the adults who offer their support. Unlike other therapeutic riding programs I have been involved with in the past HHH truly works to help heal hearts. Everyone who is a part of this program is amazing. The kids are fun and are sure to brighten your day. All of the volunteers are genuine, down to earth, and all around good people.
As a professional in the field of therapy, I am please to tell the story of a little girl in the Horses Healing Hearts program. This young girl has survived a substance addicted father, whom is currently in jail for theft and drug use. She talks about witnessing him kicking her dog and banging on doors and walls, which has caused her to develop a protective hypervigilance around her father. In addition, she has taken on the burden of adult responsibility. Her mother has worked hard to provide her with as much stability as possible and her love and concern for her daughter is palpable. She has put her daughter in traditional therapy but something seemed to still be missing for her child. The mother saw a brochure for HHH and enrolled her daughter. It was at Horses Healing Hearts that the little girl was not only around other going through similar incidents, but the Founder of the organization had actually lived through such events during her own childhood. Both mother and daughter now have a strong support system that includes a better family life and a sense of accomplishment in having established a secure environment for both of them. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to see the benefits of Horses Healing Hearts and the positive impact it has on their participants.
I wanted to personally thank Horses Healing Hearts, as my two children have been participants in the program since 2011. Their father has been suffering from drug addiction since the kids were very young. The addiction has led to the break-up of our family and the children were finding it hard to cope. They did not understand the disease of addiction and how it can impact family and loved ones. It was about this time I heard about HHH through a friend. I cannot express how much this program has helped my children. They have learned how to share their emotions. They have learned not to blame themselves for their father's addiction. They have learned how to feel safe again. It is through HHH that my children now have confidence in themselves, along with a the great coping skills to help them navigate any obstacles they may face in life. Thank you to everyone at Horses Healing Hearts for everything you have contributed to my children. I am forever grateful and touched by your program. HHH has helped my children and all the children of HHH continue this wave of greatness, kindness, and love.