Take Heart Counseling & Equine Assisted Therapy
Mission: Empowering individuals and families to find hope, healing, and wholeness through therapeutic work with horses.
Take Heart offers traditional counseling, equine assisted counseling, and equine assisted learning workshops for individuals, couples, and families going through a variety of circumstances and struggles. Take Heart's name comes from Jesus' encouragement in John 16:33, "In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
All donations, big or small, are greatly appreciated - as is your continued prayer support and spreading the word among your family and friends! I can't thank you enough!
However, we are determined to continue fundraising for a riding ring because of the opportunity it would bring for the possibilities of serving many more here at Take Heart. If we had a ring, we could:
-have multiple sessions at the same time because of more areas to work with clients
-more comfortably offer group sessions and workshops
-have better footing year round; mud keeps us in the dry lot and limits what we can do in sessions
-have a bigger space to exercise (and turn out) the horses more regularly which will improve their strength and health
You can see that it will make a huge difference at Take Heart. Every donation, big or small, gets us closer to our goal! It is a big goal as there are lots of materials needed for this project, since we literally will be starting with a patch of forest. ;) I'm confident that God will provide everything we need - he has done so this whole time with building Take Heart - and we would be honored if you would be part of that through your giving! Thank you for your support of the good things happening here. :)
We have some new things this spring at Take Heart too! We just finished our third week of sessions at our new property. The horses are happy here and I'm glad to see new hope budding in clients' lives as we work together. And we have a new horse! Captain was donated on April 1 and is already gaining popularity as the tall, dark, and handsome fellow with the heart-winning personality.
Captain relates to clients on a lot of levels. He is a thoroughbred, and thus very sensitive and intuitive. A grandson of Secretariat, he had a fairly successful racing career early in life, but somewhere along the road was dumped and neglected. His previous owner found him starving at some sales lot, and brought him home where he learned a new life and how to trust again.
How many of us have felt those highs and lows? On top of the world one day, and before you know it, you're down in the deepest, darkest pit. Captain has too, and is a beautiful example of how God can make all things new, and can use those dead, dark, winter days to bring spring in your life and the lives of others. ♡
Now that we are moved, donations can be specifically applied in certain areas of need, or given for wherever the need is most at the time.
1. Horse care. Feeding these boys and making sure they have the supplements they need to keep them feeling good is our biggest cost. Charley is on stomach ulcer and arthritis supplements, and Captain is on arthritis supplements and needs to eat a little more than Charley and Noble to keep his weight up. Regular health care costs such as veterinary care, hoof trims, and shoes for Captain until we can get him comfortable barefoot, are also high.
2. Support for families in need. Take Heart works on a sliding scale to help be affordable for all, but is still out of reach for some. We do offer some pro-bono sessions, but at a very limited availability due to the high costs involved with horses.
3. Farm improvement projects. We are moved and are so pleased with the beautiful little farm we now have! However, there are several projects that will make the farm even more usable, and will allow us to grow and serve even more families in our community. Specifically, we would like to clear more room for riding, and more pasture for the horses. Being in the woods, this is no easy task! With time and your help, we can get there.
Thanks for all you do to support us!
So far in 2015 (as of September 1st) , Take Heart has served over 35 clients on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, 3 families in family workshops, and 4 girls in summer camp! Take Heart is also served by 8-10 amazing volunteers each week, and took on an incredible intern in July who cares for the horses, observes, and participates in sessions.
A lot is changing with Take Heart - including our fundraising efforts! Now that we have a beautiful and peaceful property, our main focus through the fall is transforming this property into a place of healing and calm for horses and clients.
Check out the new GoFundMe updated page - and share with friends and family! Thank you for your continued support. We are so blessed to serve in this way.