With education comes opportunities. And for those who cannot stand idly by and feel they must work to solve the world’s problems, putting their education to good use is critically important. In our society the highly-educated often do not give back enough to their communities and do not see how lucky they are to be where they are in life. If someone is lucky enough to have opportunities to achieve education and wealth it is necessary to give back. In my life I am lucky to have been touched by an incredibly selfless and giving individual. When I was in middle school studying to become a Bat Mitzvah, I was required to do community service. This wasn’t a problem for me. I had been involved with numerous organizations through my temple for years. I was already versed in the idea of “Tikkun Olam,” which translates as “healing the world.” I also have a deep love for animals so when my mother’s friend, Rose Sullivan, who owns a farm suggested I volunteer, I jumped at the chance.
Over the course of my time working with Rose on her farm, I got to know Rose well and I was able to experience her kindness and love for humanity. Rose was born in Argentina and found a true love in God. She became and still is to this day a devout Christian. Through her love of religion she found it necessary for her journey to help all those she could. Soon she became a licensed nurse and gave to her community in immense ways. She periodically travels to other countries to do humanitarian work and helps to rebuild communities closer to home as well. Once she moved to Oregon, she pursued her love for horses and volunteers her horses for equine therapy, where a psychologist connects people to horses to help patients work through their hardships.
Rose also started a rescue organization out of her house; she takes in abused or unwanted animals. Her home is a safe haven for animals of all kinds. Her kindness does not stop at animals. Over the years she has also helped many young people who were down on their luck either struggling from drug and alcohol addiction or had severe problems with their
families. Rose gave them jobs on her farm in an effort to rehabilitate them and help them find their place in society. She has also gone on missions with her church to Central America to help provide medical care to indigent people, and distributes necessities to the homeless. Through working with Rose and getting to know her, she taught me the importance of giving back. I realize how fortunate I am to be financially comfortable and have access to education. Rose gave me the insight into how to do my part in helping heal the world.
Dear Rose: I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful time my wife and I had visiting the Helping Hands Horse Rescue and Equine Therapy ranch. Your love and caring for others and your animals was evident the first time we meet you. Your gift for working with animals is amazing. Your hard work has created an oasis for others to come and visit and lose themselves and their worries behind as they interact with the animals.
I am a Vietnam Nam veteran, dealing with PTSD, anxiety disorder, clinical depression and have been battling cancer for the last 8 years. Some days are better than others, but what I noticed when I was petting the horses, colts, chickens, and seeing the bunnies, chicks and getting to hold a baby goat was that, I felt nothing but joy and happiness. It was like I was a little kid again, nothing else mattered in that moment, but being with the animals.
I have visited Helping Hands Rescue four times and each time I have a new and rewarding experience. I come away with a calmness and a sense of well being. When I am with the animals I can see that each one has part of you in them. They create a calm, caring, loving atmosphere.
Thank you for sharing your dream of Helping Hands Horse Rescue and Equine Therapy ranch with us and the others who have had the opportunity to visit. You and your animals are very special and you are making a difference in peoples lives, you have in ours.
Thank you for all your hard work that goes in to running Helping Hands Horse Rescue and your caring and sharing that with others.
I want to thank you for a great day on Saturday and your wonderful hospitality. I had such a great time with the horses and thank you so much for your trust in me it means alot to me. My dearest friend Nancy has lead me down this path back to my roots with horses, I owe her so much especially introducing me to you. In the last year I lost 2 family members, when my grief counseler asked me what made me happiest, I told her it was my love of horses and she told me to reconnect, I called Nancy. She asked me to commit to 9 weeks and I did. In those weeks she helped me to come out of a deep depression and through her amazing horse and got back the confidence I had lost. Nancy has my best interest at heart and if that means bringing you and your amazing farm into my life I am truely grateful, Again Rose thank you so much for allowing me to enjoy.
To understand more about how Equine Assisted Psychotherapy and Equine Assisted Learning can help you, please read this personal experience from a Helping Hands Horse rescue and Equine Therapy client:
“Having had a worthwhile experience in a typical therapy setting, I was looking forward to participating in equine therapy. Without a doubt, it has been one of the greatest opportunities in my life. I have never been in such close contact with horses until Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, but I quickly adapted to working with the horses. I was extremely comfortable, which made the environment very relaxing and enjoyable to work in.
Working with Kim as my therapist and the other specialist Rose, I feel like they both gave me this great environment to work in and really supported my growth and confidence in working with the horses. Kim really made me feel like I was a part of the therapy process; she really got me to think about, analyze, and reflect over my behaviors and emotions.
Amazing cannot even begin describe working with the horses. They have an inexplicable sixth sense- they just know you and they can read into all of your emotions and thoughts. Through the different activities and exercises performed during the session, I felt a huge trust built with the horses, which also formed into a trust and confidence nurtured within myself. Through EAP, I was given the opportunity to layout what I wished to work on, whether it be relationships, self issues, or any other struggles. It was great to have the chance to translate the obstacles I faced with the horses into what was going on in my life. It really gave me the opportunity to see things so much more clearly than I ever could. With my experience, I would actually say that I prefer this type of therapy over ordinary therapy. More so, I have developed this strong love and appreciation for this amazing process and the horses in general.”
HERE ARE SOME PICTURE TESTIMONIALS FROM CHILDREN WHO HAVE VISITED THE FARM