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Spring Reins of Life - Horses, Humans & Healing

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Operation Horse. Horses working with PTSD veterans.

Do you want to help NJ veterans?

Spring Reins of Life is seeking volunteers to advocate for our equine-assisted therapy programs that serve NJ veterans. We are interested in volunteers active in the Central New Jersey region's community and veteran related issues.

In our arena - Horses Save Lives!

Spring Reins of Life (SRoL) has been serving Veterans since we started in 2012, and we are proud that over 700 veterans have been to our Operation Horse program. We continue to serve the PTSD units at Lyons VA Hospital on Wednesday mornings. SRoL is very honored to be 1 of 15 Eagala programs in the United States to be involved in the first pilot grant by the VA to fund equine therapy as "mental health" for veterans with PTSD. This is a huge opportunity to save thousands of lives! It is also proving to be a great challenge to get the information of this opportunity to the Veterans who will most benefit from it.

The first and primary focus of this committee for 2019-2020 is RECRUITING. These VA groups are funded, however in order to report back on interest, attendance, and results we need to fill a new group every 8 weeks with 8 new veterans to participate in Op Horse weekly groups. Our ideal committee members are Veterans, veteran family members, active community members, mental health professionals, and other who work with or support veterans.

Our secondary focus is locating part or all funding needed for Lyons VA Hospital groups for 2020 (est 27k/yr).

Along the way, we hope to expand awareness and presence in the local community and, most importantly, to reach NJ veterans in need.

Below are two short video links of veterans speaking about equine-assisted therapy:

SRoL Op Horse 2015: https://youtu.be/oCaSvfgMhZE

Navy Seal Robert Foley: https://youtu.be/Se-JSZ5UESU

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About Spring Reins of Life - Horses, Humans & Healing

Location:

c/o: Hunt Cap Farms, 401 Main Street, Three Bridges, NJ 08887, US

Mission Statement

Spring Reins of Life (Horses, Humans & Healing)'s MISSION is to provide a safe, healing and empowered path to peace, positive growth and self-guided recovery with the assistance of Horses as our guides for trauma survivors who do not want to, refuse to, or simply cannot "talk about it". We serve combat veterans, at risk teens & young bereaved children in New Jersey.

Description

Spring Reins of Life (SRoL) is a non-profit 501c3 organization. We are an EAGALA Model program offering Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) and Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) which incorporates the use of horses for therapeutic intervention toward promoting emotional growth and healing. We do not offer any riding or mounted work in our program. While there are many benefits to horseback riding, the EAGALA model is a solution focused base that enhances the emotional benefits of behavioral rehearsal and experiential component that is displayed when observing the horses in free will interacting with clients. The core populations that we serve are combat veterans, at risk/high risk teens & young children with grief.

Animal assisted therapy with horses combines the positive emotional effects gained from the human/horse bond with opportunities to challenge and explore one's thoughts and internal struggles during activities with an equine partner. It is a therapeutic intervention that defeats the stigma often associated with traditional counseling, but more importantly, it is an intervention that works.

***Visitors and Volunteers Welcome! We do have a strict policy of keeping all visits to a scheduled appointment or meeting time. No walk-ins are allowed, this is for your safety, the safety of the horses and the farm. Thank you for understanding.

Crisis Support
Health & Medicine
Veterans & Military Families

WHEN

We'll work with your schedule.

WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Mental Health
  • Strategic Planning
  • Veteran Care
  • Community Outreach
  • Resource Development / Management
  • Project Management

GOOD FOR

  • People 55+

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 25
  • 4-6 hours per week initially. As referral sources solidify and our good results help word of mouth take hold, recruiting will be less aggressive.
  • The urgent need to fulfill VA requirements and think of future veterans is to fill these groups every 8 weeks.

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