HORSES HEALING HEARTS INC

One Horse, One Child, One Day at a Time

aka Horses Healing Hearts   |   Boynton Beach, FL   |  www.HHHUSA.org

Mission

Horses Healing Hearts helps children of alcoholics and addicts learn life coping skills, build self esteem and confidence by working with horses.

Ruling year info

2010

Founder and Executive Director

Ms. Lizabeth Ryan Olszewski

Main address

2300 High Ridge Rd. Suite 365

Boynton Beach, FL 33426 USA

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EIN

27-1386140

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Alcohol, Drug and Substance Abuse, Dependency Prevention and Treatment (F20)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We aim to decrease the generational cycle of substance use disorder (addiction) by providing life skills and prevention tools to children whose parents struggle with addiction.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Children's Prevention Program - Weekly 2 hour sessions

Every week over 50 children attend 2 hour sessions (group size approximately 8-12) where they have an opportunity to be a "child" and learn positive life skills. Children who grow up in a home are very "parentified" due to taking on "care taking roles" not only of other younger siblings but even taking care of their parent(s) incapacitated by their addiction.

At the weekly sessions (with circle time, horse back riding, and mentoring experiences) these children learn
1) they are not alone,
2) their parent's addiction is not their fault,
3) there is hope for their future if they practice healthy decisions and seek help from safe people (caring acquaintances) when needed.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Our EAL and EAP program is a fee based and mission based program in which all of the net revenues go to HHH.

EAL is Equine Assisted Learning and EAP, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.

The goal of this unmounted program is to help clients with any issues with which they are struggling. Clients range from substance abusers, veterans, eating disorders, self harm. We also use EAL with corporations to improve efficiency and team work.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Families

The mentor program matches an adult mentor college student with an HHH participant (in middle or high school). The mentors and mentees meet once per month for 3 hours and bond during an activity like bowling, skating, putt putt, etc.

There are 13 regular Mentees and 7 permanent Mentors. This has doubled in size in less than two years and represents a good sustainable number to build or expand from as the shifting needs off HHH participants can be accommodated, and we can attract quality mentors with the same commitment level as our current mentors.

One of the benefits of focusing on building a complete group under the model of “community based group mentoring” is the ability for both mentors and mentees to experience everyone in the group and build healthy and consistent relationships. These relationships can then respond to different needs of the children and do not grind the program to a halt if someone is sick, working or unable to attend for any reason. It also allows the ability to bring in new mentees almost “on demand” (as the group is designed to be welcoming and inclusive from minute one.)

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

A segment of our population struggles with attaining good grades and with focusing and completing tasks related to homework. We started a weekly program (Wednesdays 4:30-6:30). During this two hours, any participant of HHH weekly sessions is eligible to come to the barn with their homework or any work in a subject with which they struggle. The group "opens" in circle time by reviewing the group rules, sharing "high lights and lows" of the week. After which, they take turns riding and working on any homework. Some children tutor children younger than them. Additionally, we have a retired teacher who donates her time tutoring HHH students "one on one" who might be struggling.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adolescents

Johnson's Folly, our host barn, is a very active barn with a fair amount of boarders. Because of the logistics and activity, we are unable to have the children partake in grooming, bathing, and tacking each time they ride. Because this is such an important part of taking care of and bonding with horses, we created a program where they could do these activities once per month. On the first Saturday of every month all of the HHH children are guided through these activities so their appreciation and working with horses is more well-rounded and indicative of the correct duties involved in horse ownership and care.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children and youth

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Member of National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACoA) 2019

Certified in EAGALA - Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association 2020

Trained in Natural Lifemanship 2020

DCF Licensed (Dept of Children & Family Services) 2020

Top-Rated Great Non-Profits 2019

Guardian Status - Equus Foundation 2019

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goals are to adequately serve our population of children of alcoholics and addicts aged 6-18 weekly in our 2 hour sessions.

Our strategies for accomplishing our goals are to 1) maintain an ethical, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic Board of Directors and Advisory Committee to guide us in fulfilling the service needs of our participants.

2) maintain a profitable budget to serve these needs, 3) continually evaluate our progress and performance so as to efficiently meet these goals.

The capabilities of our board of directors, advisory committee, and staff/volunteers is exemplary. Our Board of Directors is comprised of experts in the equine field and the treatment and recovery field. Our Advisory committee is comprised of experts in the field of children of alcoholics and addicts. We have scientists, researchers, authors, lecturers and program directors with such respected institutions as The Betty Ford Center.

HHH has accomplished a great deal in Palm Beach county. As of April 2020, we are licensed in Prevention by the State of Florida Department of Children and Family Services DCF which has a rigorous protocol for operational management and safety.

We have helped hundreds of families deal with the challenges of addiction in the last decade. We have several of our participants sharing that our group has "saved them from harming themselves" or ending their life because of the stress they endure at home. We have provided a great deal of education for our participants to seek self care from safe people and resources when they are not getting their needs met parents who are using.

What we have not yet accomplished: Our goal is to take this program nationwide. We have possible affiliates in two states (Ohio and Washington State) considering becoming an HHH Program.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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HORSES HEALING HEARTS INC

Board of directors
as of 06/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Lisa Ruth

Horses Healing Hearts

Term: 2016 -

Laurie Chaplin

Dawn Cotler

Daniel Hartwell

Lizabeth Olszewski

Horses Healing Hearts, Inc.

Mary Rosoff

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes