Our Heroes, Inc. is a 501(c)3 public charity founded in 2013 to honor and serve members of our community who are facing, or who have overcome, great challenges in life. This includes Wounded Warriors, Veterans, children, adults and , families who have battled physical, emotional, and mental health challenges, and at-risk youth. Our Heroes primarily uses horses who have been neglected, abused, or are facing the challenges of age.
We know the tremendous healing benefits of the human-horse interaction as well as the need for financial assistance in Brunswick County.
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Equine assisted therapy integrates natural horse and herd behavior as a model for human cognitive and emotional health. It uses the equine assisted philosophies developed by Greg Kersten, Founder of Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. These simple, yet diverse principles show us how to be a more effective communicator, business person, friend or loved one, and over all human being.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) is performed with a certified equine professional and your own therapist at our facility. These exercises help clients recognize their own behaviors and patterns and create their own solutions.
Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) utilizes similar principles and exercises, but with our equine specialist. EAL is not psychotherapy and does not require facilitation by a licensed mental health professional. EAL offers experiential communication, team-building and personal growth experiences to individuals, groups, families, and corporations.
Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP)
Therapeutic Riding offers riders increased balance, flexibility, muscle control and strength. Riders can also improve their focus, confidence, independence, and self-esteem. Riding can be therapeutic for any individual, but especially useful for people with psychological, social, and emotional difficulties.
All sessions are conducted with our certified PATH Intl. instructor, Allie Sabo.
Our Heroes, Inc. operates solely by the generosity of donors through money, time, and materials. Everyone has a unique skills set which can be used to better the lives of others. We need you! Here are several areas we need assistance with:
Programs - groom and saddle horses before a ride and turn them out afterwards; assist by leading or side-walking horses during therapeutic sessions.
Barn - help maintain the horses (become an Angel), paddocks, and barn; clean stalls/paddocks, feed horses and maintain tack.
Grounds - help with mowing, weed-eating, maintaining flower beds, fencing and larger jobs in the fields that require using a tractor with implements.
Carpentry - general maintenance, repairs and improvements of our building and special projects as needed.
Office Barn - general cleaning, organizing, painting, decorating, etc.
Fundraising - hep in the production of various fundraisers and special programs; grant writing and submission.
Public Relations - assist in keeping us in the news! Distribute fliers for events.
Other - photography and graphic design.
They're waiting for you!
Contact the office for more information or simply download and complete the application below. Applications can be mailed or dropped off to the office at:
1757 Clemmons Road, SE
Boliva, NC 28422
Our Heroes provides scholarships to those who are unable to afford services, as well as full and partial sponsorships to individuals and families who have experienced significant life challenges. Do not let cost deter you from accessing the services you or your loved ones need! Contact our office and speak with Rebecca to find out more about how to qualify.
If you are interested in making a donation to support these services, please visit www.ourheroesinc.org.