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To Help the loving heart of a horse heal the broken heart of a child.
The Two Hearts Horsemanship Program operates out of Sunshine Acres Children's Home in Mesa, Arizona. For those of you who may not already know, Sunshine Acres was founded in 1954 and is a non-profit Christian organization that has, for the last 57 years, existed for the benefit of children who are unable to live with their families for a variety of reasons. It is a long-term residential facility that sits on 115 beautiful acres and offers a loving stable home for up to 70 needy children in our community. Think you know what a group home is all about? Think again. Sunshine Acres has to be seen to be believed.
The Two Hearts Horsemanship Program is the ultimate "animal relationship therapy" beacuse it opens the broken hearts of children and allows us to teach responsibility and healthy relationship skills.
The Two Hearts philosophy is based on the core pricipal that "trust" must be earned through hard work (mucking stalls, grooming, feeding,ect) as well as having a competent understanding of the horse and horsemanship skills. No one just "rides". The Two Hearts Program is a working classroom.
Volunteers are the lifeblood of the Two Hearts Program. Each volunteer has something unique and special to contribute. And we have many volunteer roled available to anyone willing to become involved and help our kids and horses.
Since the program is mostly run on volunteer help, there exists a special need for a strong volunteer contingency to embrace various roles in the program.
The Two Hearts Program has a special story to tell and it is your support that makes this program possible.
This is a great organization and a fun place to volunteer. I volunteer with the horses and being around these gentle, beautiful animals is such a great blessing. You can see the love and friendship in their eyes. I also love working with the people that volunteer here they all have such great spirits of friendship and love. The director is a great person to work with also. She is smart, kind and very helpful when you need to learn what to do with the horses. I am glad to have the opportunity to serve in such a great place.