Glanbia Grants Local Nonprofit Funds to Help Struggling Soldiers “Re-Boot”
TWIN FALLS,IDAHO- At its annual “Charity Challenge” event at the Blue Lakes Country Club on August 18, Glanbia Foods, Inc. announced its contribution of $40,000.00 to Idaho Horse Therapy, Inc.
Idaho Horse Therapy (IHT) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization based in Shoshone. It gained some attention last year when the success of its program for the Fifth District of the juvenile justice system headlined newspapers throughout the Northwest. These funds from Glanbia, however, are for a new cause.
Executive Director Johnny Urrutia explains, “We have worked with a number of local veterans struggling with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder individually. It’s all over the news these days that veterans are committing suicide at a rate of nearly one every hour. I know we can help, and this money from Glanbia will give us a great start.”
All of the Glanbia monies are being directed toward IHT’s new operations: Re-Boot Camps. These will be week-long intensive programs where veterans suffering from the effects of PTSD will come together for group and individual therapies of several modalities. IHT will provide the Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP), and will bring together experts in the fields of Eye-Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Community Resiliency Model (CRM) and Tai Chi to provide a balanced and thorough treatment program.
Urrutia is proudest of one particularly unique aspect of these camps, “Well first of all, none of this is at any cost to the veterans, obviously. So, we’ll get them there and provide these services and teach them these skills that can help them find their way back to a sense of peace and well-being. But what’s most exciting is, they’ll bring a support person with them from home to learn these skills, as well. We know that we only have them for a week where circumstances will be controlled. When they get home, life will happen and things may get tough. After they leave Re-Boot Camp, they’ll have an ally back home who can communicate with them using the skills they’ll learn here. This could change everything: their lives, their families’ lives.”
The story took to Facebook the afternoon of August 20th and within a matter of hours had over 2,000 views and 40 shares. In such a tumultuous time internationally, it seems everyone is excited to be part of spreading a little hope.
The first Re-Boot Camp will take place September 28th through October 4th. For more information on PTSD, Idaho Horse Therapy, or how you can be involved, please visit: www.idahoREBOOTcamp.com.