Updated: Nov. 29, 2021 at 6:53 AM EST
Updated: Nov. 1, 2021 at 7:18 AM EDT
ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) - Since 2011, Cross Keys Equine Therapy has worked with clients to give them one-on-one time with mental health and equine experts, as well as horses, to offer a different type of treatment. “Equine therapy is a valid and experiential form of counseling that can really, really help people that have struggled with dealing with trauma,” says Alicia Burns, the founder of Cross Keys Equine Therapy. The non profit’s goal is to assist clients in getting the help they need, with the help of horses. Walking, talking, taking care of, and riding the animals to help heal trauma and learn to be in the moment. “A lot of the patterns that we find when we work with horses come out in our relationships with people, says Burns. “It allows us to see it through the eyes of the horse. Which, sometimes, it’s easier to take than from a person.” When a client comes in, they get to pick a horse they’re most drawn to. You walk, side by side, to get through obstacles, together. “We believe every client has what they need, it’s just our job to find it,” says Burns. “You know, this big 1,200 pound animal chooses to be with them, it’s pretty incredible.” You can bring the lessons from the stable into your real life. The nonprofit offers a sliding scale to help anyone pay for this unique type of therapy. You can learn more at http://www.crosskeysequinetherapy.org/.
Updated: Oct. 25, 2021 at 7:25 AM EDT
Updated: Oct. 25, 2021 at 6:36 AM EDT|
By Randy Harris
HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - If you utilize the Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative (SVEC), there’s an easy way for you to give back to groups who help our neighbors. All you have to do is round up your electric bill to the next dollar and it all goes to great causes. “The average is about $6.00 per year that a customer would pay, if rounded up,” says Laura Lee Conklin, a member of the Operation Round Up committee. “Maximum would be $11.88. So a couple of fancy coffees or a drive thru at the Chick Fil A.” Extra cents add up on every bill and gets turned into grant money for nonprofits and organizations who make positive impacts to the Shenandoah Valley. “It’s basically about $0.50 per month to be a member and then all of those monies are in a pot, that we can then give to folks who apply for grants,” says Conklin. “What the SVEC is doing is fundamental to have children have better outcomes in our Valley,” says Juan Pablo Berrizbeitia, CEO of Blue Ridge CASA for Children. CASA has volunteers who serve abused and neglected children by advocating for their needs. When a child has a CASA advocate on their case, we are basically reminding people in the system, what are the needs of the child and what’s going on with their case,” says Berrizbeitia. Blue Ridge CASA for Children is always in need for volunteers. To help them and other organizations, round up on your next power bill.
Updated: Oct. 18, 2021 at 7:26 AM EDT