Our year as a ministry began much like the record breaking snow we received in February—we were delightedly overwhelmed with new plans and exciting changes. As spring is blooming to life, our preparation and plans are as well! From the re-creation of our logo (the cross over an E with wings), establishing new ways to specifically and strategically serve our community, to establishing a newsletter to keep you informed, our all-volunteer team has been busy!
Here’s what you can expect in 2019: This month we’re continuing our flower basket fundraiser. Whether you’re hanging them at work or at home, 100% of the proceeds go to EMBRACE. We’re running low! Get your order in before they run out and you can pick them up on May 10th. See page 3 for more information. In June and July we’re hosting our first EMBRACE Horse Day Camps! These 3-day camps are for kids ages 7-12 and 12-18. The cost of the camps operate as a fundraiser for future leadership training in 2020. You can get more information and sign up on our website by clicking on the “Horse Day Camp” button on the home page. Perhaps the most exciting event we’re hosting is happening on July 19, 20 and 21.
Leadership from Unbridled Faith is coming to Rathdrum, Idaho to offer horse therapy certifications (FBEAP) to anyone in our area interested in receiving this incredible training. Key staff from our ministry is taking advantage of the training in order to operate with greater precision when serving those God had brought to our organization. Certifications are $695-$895 per person and do not expire. Since EMBRACE’s staff serves the community on an entirely volunteer basis, EMBRACE will be holding a fundraiser to help our session leaders receive their certifications.
Our horse session leaders use their personal horses, their own tack, and funds toward feed, farrier and veterinary care to serve the community. The only compensation they receive is in the continuing of the ministry and seeing the lives of those we serve changed. The more help we receive from the community, the more of our session leaders can go back into the community and help those with PTSD, who are in recovery, sex trafficking victims, broken families, and more. Visit our website and click on the Equine Therapy button.
Every week, from March through November our mobile ministry serves the Union Gospel Mission Center for Women and Children and Daybreak Youth Services of Spokane. As we grow in volunteers and training new horse session leaders and craft leaders, we will bring our services to children in the emergency foster care system. Details about who and how this will happen will emerge in our May newsletter.
We continue to do individual sessions on a case-by-case basis. Finally, we wrap up our summer in September with an all staff cowgirl retreat in western Montana. Over the last several years a generous donor has offered his home to our team and our horses to rest, connect with one another, and worship. We’re excited for what God is going to do this year! Thank you for all your support!
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