Ahava Therapy and Wellness Center

Answering the Call to Serve, Healing and Restoring Hope to Our Heroes

aka Ahava Therapy and Wellness Center   |   Tucson, AZ   |


Ahava's mission is to serve those in our community that make the ultimate sacrifice, our military and first responders and veterans with service related PTSD, PDSD, depression, and anxiety. We also serve victims of sexual assault and domestic violence in our therapy program. Though we offer several therapy and wellness options in our program, Equine Assisted Therapy is the foundation of our program. Through the human/horse connection, we are able to harness the strength and spirit of the horse to help provide healing and restore hope. We offer all of our services at no cost to those we serve.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are just getting started on our journey to relentlessly help heal and support those suffering from PTSD, anxiety and depression related to trauma. We are excited to serve our community and be a part of the change we want to see in the world around us. Stay tuned, we feel that Ahava Therapy and Wellness Center will grow and we are ready to treat the emotional effects of trauma, teach effective coping mechanisms, and restore hope.

Ruling year info



Ms. Heidi Marie Schwarz

Main address

P.O.Box 31822

Tucson, AZ 85751 USA

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NTEE code info

Counseling Support Groups (F60)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

There is a huge and underserved problem surrounding PTSD, anxiety and depression in the United States. The traditional solution has been, see a Psychologist/Psychiatrist or Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, talk about the problems and solutions, maybe take some medications for anxiety and depression. Sadly, most people with PTSD do not feel comfortable talking about the trauma, admitting that they have experienced trauma or do not have financial access to these resources. For veterans, the stigma of PTSD adds even more pressure. Only 1 in 3 (30%) with PTSD ever seek these traditional treatments. At Ahava, we intend to stand in that 70% gap and offer an alternative therapy program. Our program offers Free Equine Assisted Therapy combined with CBT to treat PTSD and other Stress disorders. Horses allow participates to interact without words and mirror their emotions to help them discover their own solutions at their own pace under the supervision of mental health specialists.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy

Equine Assisted Psychotherapy uses the powerful relationship between humans and horses to teach life skills. Equine therapy is partially about learning to care for another living thing. It also helps you learn how to care for yourself and interact with other people more effectively. Caring for a horse teaches teamwork, communication and problem solving. Combined with our other therapies, our program teaches social skills and healthy coping mechanisms to deal with everyday life situations.
Horses act like an emotional mirror. They directly and immediately reflect the way you are feeling and acting. Interacting with them and just being in their presence can bring buried emotions to the surface and expose patterns of thoughts and behaviors causing greater self-awareness. Once aware of these patterns, we can begin to treat their root causes, teach ways to overcome them and restore the mind and soul.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel
Emergency responders
Women and girls
Children and youth

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

At Ahava Therapy and Wellness Center, our main goal is to serve our community by offering a comprehensive Equine Assisted Therapy program to treat PTSD, anxiety, depression and other stress disorders resulting from acute or recurrent trauma. Our Therapy Program is here to specifically serve Veterans, Active Military, First Responders, Victims of Sexual Assault and Victims of Domestic Violence.

Equine Assisted Therapy (EAT) is practiced around the world and is widely-used to treat a variety of Stress disorders resulting from trauma. Horses are highly sensitive to the slightest change in the emotions of the others in their herd, which means they can sense inconsistency between how we are feeling on the inside and how we are acting on the outside allowing us to treat the hidden wounds of trauma. The statistics below emphasize the scope of the problem and the motivation behind our organizations mission.

There are approximately 8 million people with PTSD in the United States each year. Of those, 50% are victims of sexual assault or sexual abuse, that is over 4 million victims each year. In 2018 alone with only 25% of adult sexual assaults being reported, there were approximately 734,000 cases but it is estimated that the real number is closer to 2.9 million.

According to National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), in the U.S., 1 in ever 5 women will experience an attempted or completed sexual assault in their lifetime, with 30% of them experiencing their first sexual assault between the ages of 11 and 17 years old. Approximately 24% of men of Men will experience some type of contact sexual violence in their life time with 25% of them experiencing this sexual trauma between the ages of 11 and 17. Considering these numbers, we can estimate that approximately 33 million females in the us and approximately 40 million males will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. Of these potential 73 million victims of sexual assault, 94% of them will develop some type of PTSD.

For military veterans, approximately 30% develop PTSD (thats over 2.4 million veterans). This does not include active duty military. The consequence of this issue is devastating. Approximately 22 Veterans commit Suicide each day in the U.S., that is twice the national average for the general population.

Over 45% of battered women develop PTSD through a single incident or systematic abuse. For Firefighters/EMTs PTSD occurs at a rate of 15% and for law enforcement an estimated 13% develop PTSD. These numbers do not even include Active Duty Military, Trauma Doctors, Nurses and Staff, or children who have suffered from child abuse trauma either them selves or witnessing domestic violence in the home.

After looking at these statistics it makes what we do even more important. Our mission is To harness the strength and spirt of the horse to provide healing and restore hope to our Heroes and the countless Victims of Sexual Assault, Abuse and Domestic Violence.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Ahava Therapy and Wellness Center

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Ahava Therapy and Wellness Center

Board of directors
as of 09/15/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Heidi Schwarz

Ahava Therapy and Wellness Center

Term: 2020 - 2026

Heidi Marie Schwarz

Ahava Therapy and Wellness Center

Amine Uvence

Jasmin Hayes

Christina Garica

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 ? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/14/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/27/2021

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  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.