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FROM: Berkshire HorseWorks, Inc., EAGALA Certified Program

CONTACT: Hayley Sumner, Hayley@BerkshireHorseWorks.com, (413) 698-3700

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BERKSHIRE HORSEWORKS™ INC. NAMES LINDSEY HUNT TO PROGRAM COORDINATOR AT NONPROFIT

 

Richmond, MA – January 26, 2017. Berkshire HorseWorks Inc., which has provided EAGALA Equine Assisted Learning (EAL) and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) to over 300 at-risk youth, families, and veterans, has hired Lindsey Hunt as Program Coordinator, it was announced today by Hayley Sumner, Founder and Executive Director. The nonprofit partners with Hillcrest Educational Center, Boys and Girls Club, Girls Inc., Student Resource Center, Pittsfield Public Schools, Brien Center, Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department, the Elizabeth Freeman Center, and the Community Health Programs of Berkshire County to help mitigate the effects of trauma and provide support reentering society.

Hunt began her career with Berkshire HorseWorks as a volunteer in 2014. Her commitment continued when she chose the organization for her internship while at Colby-Sawyer College. With deep roots in the Berkshires, a Bachelors in Psychology, and a vision for creating a facility where humans can experience the healing power of horses, Hunt found the perfect home. In her new role, Hunt will spearhead various fundraising initiatives, cultivate a network of volunteers, write grants, as well as manage and expand the nonprofit’s donor base.  In addition, she will oversee day to day programming including “Life Skills Development” and “Bully Intervention/Prevention” for youth; “Girls Rule!” and “Sister Sense” focusing on leadership and empowerment for adolescents and women; “Special Skills for Special People” for those with special needs; “Family Integration” to solidify the support structure; and “Own it and Up” for inmates and “Horse Powered Veterans” to increase resiliency and ease reintegration.

Berkshire HorseWorks utilizes this powerful, proven, and experiential Model to aid clients suffering from a broad array of mental health and behavioral challenges including ADHD, anxiety, depression, PTSD, anger management, eating disorders, Asperger’s, addiction, and domestic violence. Sessions are ground-based, solution focused, and facilitated by a Licensed Mental Health Professional as well as a qualified Equine Specialist both certified in the Model. The organization offers various programs out of a 27 acre compound in Richmond, MA which is composed of the Berkshire Equestrian Center, hiking trails, outdoor paddocks, historic barns, meeting rooms, the Select Registry Inn at Richmond, and a wellness center.

BHW additionally offers Equine Assisted Team building for local businesses, schools, state agencies, and international corporations to enhance personal development, increase cohesion, and explore group dynamics.

Berkshire HorseWorks™, a 501(C)3 nonprofit corporation, is part of the international EAGALA network of 4,500 certified professionals in 50 countries. For more information on Berkshire HorseWorks or EAGALA, please call (413) 698-3700, email hayley@berkshirehorseworks.com , or visit www.BerkshireHorseWorks.org. Through the power of horses, Berkshire HorseWorks™ provides the tools to cope, challenge, communicate, heal, lead, empathize and thrive in today’s world.