Veterans' Equine Assisted Therapy

$173,630 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 35 people in 24 months
Squirrelwood launched a pilot program in 2016 to provide Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to veterans and their families. A staff therapist provides this service free of charge to the men and women who have served our country and find themselves struggling upon return to civilian life. The rescue horses of our sanctuary are their partners in this life saving work. With your help, we hope to expand our program in 2017 and beyond.

Donations are tax deductible and go towards our sanctuary and the Veterans' Therapy Program. Our goals for 2017 are to provide multiple group therapy sessions weekly, and to continue individual sessions with clients already in our program. Our services have been well received by local veterans' groups and our clients are thriving! Please join us in helping grow our program and allow us to help other servicemen and women that would benefit from sessions here at our beautiful 93 acre sanctuary in Montgomery NY. Our farm is home to 35 horses, and countless others creatures from pigs to geese. We welcome many different types of animals in need and provide many with a place to live out their lives in peace and tranquility. Visit our website for more information about our 501(c)3 not for profit sanctuary. We are a Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries (GFAS) Verified program. For scheduling and information on therapy sessions contact: Christine Bruckner LCSW, (845) 742-8706. To schedule farm tours or school visits call (845) 361-2316.
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Squirrelwood joined forces with Play For Your Freedom to host the 1st Women Warriors Workshop. A wonderful group of female veterans from the Bronx spent the day at the farm. Activities included equine assisted therapy, yoga, art, and sports. Live music and food capped off an amazing experience for all the participants and volunteers. We look forward to the next workshop and to continue our partnership with Play for Your Freedom. Their organization specializes in bringing together veterans using sports, especially football. It is an exceptional group and we are so honored to have their help in providing for these veterans. Please consider a donation to Squirrelwood so we can continue hosting events like this and providing our weekly sessions to numerous veterans free of charge. Our program changes lives!
Women Warriors Unite!
Equine Therapy
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Summer Sanctuary Update: We continue to grow our little program with the help of local Veterans resources and grass roots community groups that provide support to servicemen and women. Feedback on our program has been excellent and clients continue to make progress. Our horses have embraced their new roles and look forward to the weekly work sessions.
We hope to continue our fundraising and expand the program to offer more free services in 2018 and beyond.
If you are interested in making a donation or in volunteering your time please contact us via our website or Facebook.
Thanks again for all your support!
Beth Hyman
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Happy Spring! We are currently running groups and sessions each week here at the Sanctuary. Plans are taking shape for a fundraiser this coming fall. Please consider a tax deductible donation to our program as well look forward to the warm weather and increasing attendance. Thanks for all your support!
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Late Winter Update: We are running weekly sessions currently with some groups starting as well. We anticipate increased participation as the cold weather subsides and we move into Spring. Thank you to all our supporters! Please continue to share and help us fund this program into the next year so we can help more Vets and their families. Visits to the sanctuary are welcome. Please contact us to set up a time to see the farm and all the rescue animals.
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$173,630 of $150,000 goal

Raised by 35 people in 24 months
Created October 29, 2016
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To honor Ed & Cathy's tireless work for animals

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