Helping Our Community One Stride At A Time
Healing comes in many ways. LifeStriders is a non-profit organization in Waukesha, Wisconsin that provides life-enhancing, physical and psychological experiences and services, to individuals with special needs. Through Equine-Assisted Therapy, children and adults can experience the beneficial physical and mental benefits achieved through the human-horse connection.
In a letter from their new CEO, Dr. Gary Ross states that, “LifeStriders is such a unique blend of science, professionalism, people, horses, passion, and the environment, that at first, an individual can be overwhelmed. What ties it all together, however,… is that not matter how much is going on, LifeStriders is a large, warm and loving family. Acceptance is not a question. Everyone is welcome.”
LifeStriders has a “Heroes” program for vets and their families… which provides them with free therapy. “So much of what we do is in alignment with veterans needs when they come back — struggling with re-integration or some of the physical challenges that may have come from injuries,” said Schipper.
Other programs offered include Therapeutic Riding Sessions that incorporate elements of Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy and other modalities in order to address the needs of each client. The fun sessions focus on clients’ unique strengths in order to help them meet individual challenges.
Bilingual family support and counseling services for children, individuals and families is also offered.
A Youth Program aimed at youths 12-21 provides opportunity for community service, character building, drop-out prevention and violence prevention to at-risk youth in Milwaukee and Waukesha Counties. Those involved also develop interpersonal and occupational skills, as well as receiving educational support, counseling and adult mentoring as needed.
Social Skill Groups are offered for children between the ages of 5 and 18, with challenges affecting their interpersonal relationships and ability to read social cues. These fun, interactive groups meet weekly to increase the participants’ social awareness and help them build and maintain friendships and understand the social mechanics of communication.
We double dog dare you to watch the videos above and NOT donate or volunteer your time at LifeStriders.
This week, we are giving $100 to LifeStriders. We hope you will consider donating, as well.