Journey of Hope is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization using Equine Assisted Services and Therapeutic riding to address Mental Health, Human development needs and Healing, we specialize in children on the Autism spectrum. We are located in Chesterfield County, Virginia at Willow Hill. Right now our barn has 4 horses and 2 ponies. The star of the barn is Jillian, our 14-year-old Pinto. When Jillian came to us, she was lost and misguided. She fell in love with the kids and does anything they ask of her. Their love and trust have made her the greatest friend anyone can have. Our Newest member of the team is a 18 year old pony named Dakota. Dakota has become one of the best therapy ponies you can ask for. We are glad he found is calling and we love him for joining our programs. One of Our missions is to enable children on the Autism Spectrum to experience equine-assisted services while engaging in imaginative and creative free-play, thus providing a life-changing experience; to improve communication, balance, muscle strength, body awareness, fine and gross motor skills, concentration, social skills, self control and self confidence, problem solving, focus, listening while interacting with the horses at the child's own pace and in a relaxed environment. We also have equine assisted services to help change the lives of people with a diverse range of struggles such those suffering from addictions, PTSD, depression, anxiety and trauma, and improving relationships in families and groups. We extended our service to help those in the healing processes. Whether it be loss of a family member, cancer survivor or just needing a friend to lean on.
Our Team Leader Victoria Bryant is the founder of Journey of Hope and is also our team leader. She has been around special needs children most of her life and has a grandson with Autism. Her husband surfers from panic disorder and depression, and her mother a Vietnam Veteran with PTSD. She has educated her self with different therapy classes and many courses through VCU. She continues to research and learn the different techniques to help children with autism communicate, through sign language, cards, ipad, games and talk. The horses play a great part of this too. Helping her Husband with anxiety she has learned to help others with similar problems through the horses. The healing powers of a horse can help people gain that loss they get when Cancer or other terminal illness haunt your daily needs. PTSD can be time bomb waiting to go happen. Please allow our horses to help remove the suffering of the past. Victoria is qualified to give lessons and has been by her daughter side watching and help in training her to compete on the east coast in hunter classes. The horses here go through a tough qualification course to to be allowed to be used in the programs trained by Victoria her self.
List of Directors of Journey of Hope Inc. 501(c)3 #46-1405350
President - Victoria Bryant/ Exective Director Vice President - Lisa Guidice
Treasurer - Amber Smith-Pierce Secretary - Dawn Nason Director - Melody Valdes
2014 WISH LIST
The wish list contains items we use on a daily basis. Maybe you have extra cleaning supplies, paper towels, trash bags or bath towels around that you would like to donate. Cat food, bowls, cat tower or beds. Bunnie treat and food. chicken food
Farm: Do you have hay to donate? Shavings? Our horses would appreciate that! Old fixer-up horse trailer? Western saddle? Helmets? utility trailer to pick us hay. A donation of any of these items would be great!
Call for more information 804-833-8550
We also offer pony rides for birthday parties at the farm for children with special needs or not. Follow us on Facebook. click here or contact us click here
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