Walk With Me is a non-profit equine therapy organization focused on the psychological healing of those suffering the effects of trauma, addiction, loss, and poverty.
2020 is the year for growth and awareness. Walk With Me has already begun a campaign to offer hope, educate, and inspire within our community. Often times in our society, we hide the darkness of mental health issues, addiction, effects of poverty, and the impact of trauma. With our new programs Walk With Me can make lasting changes in peoples lives and make recovery possible.
Excellence – providing quality in all activities
Integrity and accountability – ensuring that all business is based on ethical principles and conducted with transparency
Professionalism – enhancing the value and quality of service with a standard of accountability.
Service – providing effective and responsive service to meet the need of our clients
Education – sharing the knowledge and skills with clients to facilitate their success
Compassion and caring – providing a culture of safety and understanding in treatment of people and equines
Hope Takes A Team
Equine Specialist in Mental Health and Learning
Trauma Recovery Peer Support Specialist
Jennifer Bandy’s love of horses has spanned her whole life . She focused her learning and skill set in natural horsemanship. She then rose to a training role, teaching horsemanship to many riders, families and horse owners. It was during this teaching experience that she realized the healing power people experienced when interacting with horses. Jennifer then decided to take her knowledge and skills and use them for a healing purpose to help those who are suffering from trauma. Using Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy to help the client through the healing process, Jennifer established Walk With Me. This equine therapy program is designed to help those in need regain hope, confidence, self-esteem and teach responsibility through horsemanship.
Jennifer has her Equine Specialist (ES) certification with Path International and is certification with Natural Lifemanship. Still Waters Farm is a registered center member of Path International. We believe Path International has set the standard in the industry and Walk With Me at Still Waters Farm wants to meet or exceed that standard.
NC Peer support specialist
Caleb Waters, OBH Director – Hi, I’m Caleb, one of the co-founders of OBH. When I got out of my 11-year Marine Corps career I struggled with finding a life purpose. After completing combat deployments and a humanitarian mission nothing seemed to stack up to life in the Corps. Then one day it hit me, one of my greatest accomplishments as a leader was taking care of troops, so that’s what I would do now. I had experienced the positive impact and quality of life improvements that working therapeutically with horses had. So I teamed up with Jennifer and OBH was born. We’re here to support you because you served us.
Colleen Hastings is a 58 year old widow with one son. She was raised on a home farm that had all kinds of animals including horses. As a way to improve her riding she worked on a dairy farm to pay for riding lessons. She competed for 2 years in English Dressage and English Equitation. Colleen works on mission team with her church and host Red Cross Blood drives every 3 months. Her friendship with Jennifer Bandy, owner of Still Waters Farm, her great love for helping others makes her a perfect match for being Executive Director position of Walk With Me. Her horse skills make her a great addition, and she is working toward her Equine Specialist certification, helping with clients who come to the farm for therapy.
Crystal Burrell, LPCA
My favorite quote has always been “Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let in the light.” -Groucho Marx. I identify so strongly with this statement because I am one of the “the cracked.” For years I saw this as a weakness, and a vulnerability that I would not be able to overcome, however I now know that adversity does not build character; but reveals it. It was through my struggle that I found out who I was, what I was capable of, and who I was meant to be. My main goal in working with those who suffer with mental health or substance use issues is to help them identify their purpose and their identity through their struggle. My definition of mental health is the ability to grow, adapt, and prosper in site of adversity.
NC Peer support specialist
Josh is a North Carolina Certified Peer Support Specialist Veteran. He has a strong focus on assisting youth that have had issues adapting to their trauma, addiction or anxiety. Offering hope and support in the darkest of places.