Vision - Goals - results
Reduce significantly the psychological effects of trauma, addiction, loss, and poverty.
When Walk With Me began in 2017, we couldn’t imagine how fast we would grow, or how many people would reach out to us for help. A year later, we are now the leading equine facilitated psychotherapy service in Catawba County, NC; but our growth isn’t over yet. After a comprehensive analysis in 2018, we began exploring exciting new opportunities for progress. Walk With Me, staff, board members, and volunteers, have come together to provide feedback, and help shape the future of the organization even further. Now, we are excited to share the result of this hard work:
- Newton/Conover Elementary School were so encouraged by the results they received funding to come both the fall and spring semesters of 2019.
- We have had positive results from our kids in DSS custody, that we have now started group sessions with kids in group homes.
- Veterans and Spouse/Caregiver workshops.
- Leadership workshop for Methodist Ministers.
- We look forward to serving our community in 2019.
Lake Hickory Rotary Sponsored a Leadership Camp for our Communities Youth
“This leadership camp was very eye opening. It really showed me what I am capable of and the
things I need to work on. I think my favorite activity was painting on the horses. It was very
calming and it was a lot of fun, even though I am not artistic at all. I really enjoyed this week
and learning how to be a better leader.”
Hickory Sunrise Meeting April 24, 2019
Visit to Walk With Me at Still Water Farms
The Foothills Veteran Stand Down
Thank you for your support!
The Foothills Veteran Stand Down is…
Today, it is a grassroots, community-based intervention designed to help the homeless veterans “combat” life on the street.. It offers homeless veterans a “hand up” not a hand out. It provides opportunity for veterans to renew their spirits, health and overall sense of well-being while connecting with other veterans that care.
Walk With Me is working with Foothills Veterans Stand Down to find ways to help promote healing and growth for our veterans living in our community.
Keep watch for exciting events and new programs.
Moving Forward With Our Mission
This is a letter from one of the students who participated in one of our group sessions.
Often low-income children get caught up in their parents’ economic struggles, experience the impact through unmet needs and unstable circumstances. When a student in the fifth grade first started group sessions with us, he was afraid to touch the horse, as he worked through the 12 sessions he had made the most profound change. Part of the program is knowing you’ll have to say goodbye to your relationship horse, as he was hugging his horse and telling his horse how much he had meant to him, he started crying. This was coming from a young man who was thought to be without emotion. Powerful!
Not only was it the “funnest thang ever”, but he was learning new skills and how to apply them while in class and other areas of his life.
The important key words from this paragraph I was scared, I didn’t trust. He was a tough kid showing no fear. He was living in poverty in the care of his elderly grandmother. His brother was dealing drugs and encouraging him part of that world. That landed him in juvenile court by the fifth grade. This young man grew into a better leader. Helping in the classroom, offer assistance to the teacher and fellow students, and an improvement in his overall attitude about learning. The changes this young man experienced over two six week session gave me insight to the absolute need for this program for our youth.