About Horses Healing Hearts

 

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Our Story

Horses Healing Hearts was founded in 2009 by Lizabeth Olszewski. As a child of severe alcoholic parents, Liz was eventually raised by a loving aunt who changed her life forever. Her unique story of a horse, mentorship and healthy emotional support became the inspiration for her life’s work, and the backbone of the Equine Therapy Programs we provide today.

Since its inception, Horses Healing Hearts has helped at-risk youth. Through the magnificence of the human and horse relationship, kids who are growing up in homes with parental addiction are given the confidence and coping skills they need to overcome their trauma.

Every weekend groups of kids meet at one of the local sponsor barns. During the 2-hour session, the kids learn how to groom and tack a horse, followed by a 15 minute private riding lesson. While the kids take turns riding, the other participants are led by a volunteer facilitator through a curriculum.

Our primary goal is to always maintain the kids’ physical safety while allowing the kids and horses to work their healing magic together.

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CHILDREN'S PROGRAMS

CHILDRENS' PREVENTION

PROGRAM

This program helps children impacted by parental addiction through peer groups, horses and an evidence-based curriculum.

MENTOR

PROGRAM

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YOUTH

EMOTIONAL HEALING

Is your child stressed out? Struggling with depression, anxiety, or body image issues? Learn how horses can help.

ADULT PROGRAMS

EQUINE THERAPY
INDIVIDUALS & FAMILIES

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for mental and behavioral health therapy and personal development.

EQUINE THERAPY
RECOVERY /  TREATMENT

Recovery clients are many times disconnected with their feeling and their physical body as a result of childhood or recent trauma.

LEAD: EQUINE-ASSISTED

DEVELOPMENT FOR BUSINESSES

LEAD provides business teams an opportunity to improve teamwork, communication, and problem-resolution skills by interacting with horses.

A unique combination of horses and mentorship.

Through peer-to-peer support groups led by trained professionals, children learn life coping skills enabling them to lead healthy and fulfilling lives, free from drugs and alcohol. Children learn they are not alone, that their parents’ disease is not their fault, and there are safe people who love them. Connecting with the horses is scientifically proven to reduce cortisol, the stress hormone. Horses Healing Hearts provides an environment of connection, hope and empowerment.

Our Programs

Our Mission, Vision & Values

OUR MISSION
Horses Healing Hearts partners with horses to provide hope, empowerment, and healing for children and families facing trauma.

OUR VISION
A community where all children and family members feel safe, encouraged, and confident to overcome trauma.

OUR VALUES
Serving our children and families in an environment providing trust, respect, integrity, and compassion.

Dollars Raised

Since 2009 through current day, donations from generous people like you have helped provide this unique program.

HOURS OF PREVENTION EDUCATION

Our 2 hour weekly sessions have taught children coping skills that have saved lives.

Families Helped

Through the Children’s Prevention Program and the Recovery Treatment Center Equine Therapy Program.

ADULTS IN RECOVERY

Since 2014, Horses Healing Hearts has proudly served adults who struggle with substance use disorder.

Your Donations Make a Huge Impact

EXPENSE SUMMARIES

2015

  • Our Programs 69% 69%
  • Fundraising 25% 25%
  • ADMINISTRATION 7% 7%

2017

  • Our Programs 81% 81%
  • Fundraising 6% 6%
  • ADMINISTRATION 13% 13%

2020

  • Our Programs 87.95% 87.95%
  • Fundraising 2.67% 2.67%
  • ADMINISTRATION 9.38% 9.38%

Our Accreditations & Partners

  • Great Nonprofits
  • Eagala Global Standard
  • Guardian Equus Foundation
  • Natural Lifemanship
  • NACoA Voice For The Children
  • Florida Department Of Children And Families
  • Guidestar Bronze Seal

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