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Unbridled Change receives grant from Hope Fund
Funds provide more access to equine therapy
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Courtesy Photo: This client of Unbridled Change is building an obstacle course that depicts the current struggles he is having.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Unbridled Change (UBC) was recently awarded $29,220 from the Foundation for Roanoke Valley's Hope Fund.

The funds are being used for UBC's "Take Back the Reins" program, an equine assisted psychotherapy program that is designed for children, teens and adults who are victims or witnesses of abuse or neglect.

"The grant from the Foundation's Hope Fund will allow us to continue to offer our services on a sliding fee scale to the community," said UBC's founder and director Michelle Holling-Brooks. "We have already moved four children off the waiting list who have been waiting for funding for several months."

UBC helps clients find their voice and inner strength to take back the reins on their life, said Holling-Brooks.

"Past clients have stated that the horses and the program gave them what no other therapist, medication or program could -- the skills to thrive in their lives, not just survive it," she said.

The Foundation for Roanoke Valley's Hope Fund provides services to battered women and children, according to Executive Director Alan Ronk.

"The Foundation felt this was a perfect fit with the fund, and we're thrilled to help Unbridled Change provide these much needed services," he said.

Founded in 2008, UBC is a non-profit, equine-assisted therapy center serving counties in western Virginia.

It specializes in providing interactive mental health therapy for individuals dealing with a variety of social and mental health issues.

Using the nationally acclaimed and proven Equine-Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA) model, clients at UBC learn the basics of respect,

relationship building, problem solving and behavior modification.

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