Horses Healing Hearts (HHH), a unique preventative education and equine assisted therapy program for children living with alcoholism and addiction will receive a $15,000 grant from the newly formed Jacobs Family Foundation of Wellington this month. This generous grant will allow HHH Founder and Executive Director Lizabeth Olszewski to expand HHH’s reach and to continue to provide children in the program with the opportunity to learn valuable coping skills and to heal emotionally.
“We are delighted that the Jacobs Family Foundation has recognized the work that Horses Healing Hearts is doing through their generous donation,” Olszewski said. “They are making an investment in our organization that will allow at-risk children in Wellington to develop healthy behaviors and coping skills that will last a lifetime.”
“The work that Liz and her team do with these children is truly inspiring,” Lou Jacobs said. “As equestrians, our family knows how special it is to have horses in your life and the healing power they provide. It is amazing to see these children having fun and learning positive life-coping skills, responsibility and confidence.”
Charlie Jacobs added, “The program Liz provides these young people is vital to the well-being of Wellington and the South Florida community. These children need a sanctuary, and we are excited to help Horses Healing Hearts offer them such a wonderful opportunity.”
HHH is the only nonprofit organization in the country that provides an equine facilitated learning program designed to help children dealing with addiction in their homes. HHH meets weekly for prevention education sessions where the children participate in “circle time,” which is peer-to-peer counseling overseen by a certified Prevention/Mental Health Specialist. Afterward, all participants take turns riding. Each week, over 50 children are served from the greater Palm Beach County community.
“Our entire family has deep roots in the equestrian world and the Wellington community, so a partnership with an amazing organization like Horses Healing Hearts seemed like a natural fit,” Katie Jacobs Robinson concluded. “They provide an unmatched resource for at-risk children in South Florida.”
[Source: Phelps Media]