Bastrop, Texas – Restoration Ranch and Samaritan Center’s Hope for Heroes program are joining forces to offer equine therapy sessions to Central Texas veteran families at the ranch in Bastrop, Texas. Individual and family counseling sessions will also be available.
According to Cindy Long, Samaritan Center CEO, “This partnership is a significant step forward for veteran families living in the rural communities east of Austin. They will now be able to access free equine therapy and mental health counseling sessions without making the drive into Austin. In addition, workshops and classes that emphasize various wellness practices will be available on a regular basis, including Yoga, Tai Chi, Resiliency Training, Nutritional Classes, Acupuncture and Bodywork.”
Derek Knapp, Army Veteran and Executive Director of Restoration Ranch adds, “What Restoration Ranch does for horses, the Samaritan Center does for people. That’s the unique nature of this partnership. Over the past five years we’ve seen tremendous benefits of sharing the holistic therapies we use to rehabilitate the rescue horses with our veteran participants and their families. Now, our collective team will include Samaritan Center counselors and wellness practitioners that can deliver their services alongside of the equine therapy program. For veterans, being outdoors and going to the ranch is a great alternative to a professional medical clinic or a health club.”
Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern, Katie Camp will be on site to assist the Restoration Ranch team on Tuesdays and Thursdays. She will be focused on providing equine therapy and family counseling sessions to veterans and their families. According to Camp, “I am really excited to see the impact this partnership can have for veteran families — experiential learning can really accelerate personal growth and when it’s delivered with the help of the horses and their fellow veterans, this adds another dimension of accountability and peer-support to ensure their goals are achieved.”
A special Veteran Family Wellness Workshop is being held on June 16th from 10 am – 2 pm so that veteran families can experience first-hand the array of services both organizations provide. Admission is free.
Hope for Heroes is supported by a grant from the Texas Veterans Commission Fund for Veterans’ Assistance. The Fund for Veterans’ Assistance provides grants to organizations serving veterans and their families.
For more information on Samaritan Center, please visit http://samaritan-center.org/ or call Masa Pettit at (512)451-7337 ext. 212.