Rock City, Illinois — 100 Women Who Care are a group of local women interested in supporting the local communities within Stephenson County.
Recently the group congratulated Gaited Journeys Equine Assisted Therapy for being the recipient of their February 2018 Quarterly donations, equaling a new record amount given to any one organization at a time.
Located in Rock City, Gaited Journeys uses horses to facilitate healing, self-discovery, inner growth, confidence and respect within the individuals interacting with them. Run by Donna and Randy Macklin, Gaited Journeys has 19 horses on the farm and those horses are consistently used to assist veterans and their families working through PTSD issues. They also serve girls at NCS Youth Home and help area students resolve trauma caused by physical, emotional and sexual injury, anxiety and more.
The individuals and families all work to develop a relationship with the horses and in turn hone their communication skills, build trust, release anger in a positive manner and develop a strong sense of self-worth and confidence.
Donations from 100 Women Who Care members totaled $13,950 for Gaited Journeys. This is a new record-high donation from the chapter to a local non-profit organization, 100 Women reports.
“What a great way to celebrate our 3 year anniversary!”
Money from the donations will be used to provide equine-assisted therapy to at-risk teens. This will be accomplished not only by direct therapy with the individuals but also through the purchase of updated supplies such as saddles and helmets. Additional training/certification in equine-assisted therapy through a 5-day course will be utilized and basic supplies for the horses will be purchased with the funds.
To learn more about Gaited Journeys Equine Assisted Therapy or for contact information, go to their Facebook page.