Community Groups Award Generous Grants to Horses Healing Humans

Stonington, CT – Horses Healing Humans of Stonington is very pleased to announce several recent, very generous grant awards from our community leaders.

A $10,000 grant was awarded from the Community Foundation of Eastern CT to help support the “Common Ground” collaborative, providing Equine-Assisted Learning, Life Skills and Nature Immersion programs to participants from VISTA Life Innovations, The Lighthouse, Reliance Health, and United Community Family Services. The  Chas. B Allyn Foundation awarded $3000 and the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT granted $1000 to assist with scholarships for participants who would be otherwise unable to benefit from services.  Wells Fargo bestowed $2500, supporting ES4H (Equine Services for Heroes), providing Equine Therapy programs to Veterans and First Responders.  Chelsea Groton Bank granted $2000 for critical Infrastructure expenses and the Rotary Club of Stonington donated $500 in unrestricted funds.

One hundred percent of these grant awards will directly benefit HHH participants over the 2017 Summer and Fall semesters. We wish to express our sincere gratitude for these very generous contributions to help enrich the lives of people with special challenges through Equine-Assisted Activities and Therapy (EAAT).

Programs supported by these grants include Therapeutic Riding, Equine-Assisted Learning, Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy, Equine Services for Heroes, and HEALS (Human and Equine Experiential Learning in Summer)  program development and financial aid to participants. Summer Registration is now open and financial aid applications are due by June 15 for review.

Founder and Executive Director Lee Paradis states: “We are most grateful to our wonderful Foundation, Corporate, and Individual Donors for recognizing the Mission and Vision of HHH.  Program Service fees cover less than half of our actual costs to provide quality services; these most generous donors help bridge the gap so we can serve as many clients as possible. Funds such as these allow us to develop and implement healing equine therapy programs for numerous special needs groups - including Children with Autism, learning disabilities, or behavioral challenges, Veterans and First Responders with traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress, seniors with symptoms of stroke, Dementia, or Alzheimers, Youth-at-Risk, people experiencing grief and bereavement, and Victims of bullying, domestic, interpersonal, or sexual violence and abuse. Funding and implementation priorities for 2017 include the development of greater Mental Health, Physical and Occupational Therapy, Music and Art Therapy, massage and other complementary therapies integrating Healing Arts into our existing curricula.”

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About Horses Healing Humans, Inc.:
Founded in 2011, Horses Healing Humans, Inc. is a non-profit group dedicated to enriching the lives of people with special challenges through Equine Assisted Activities and Therapies.