In north Raleigh, a mental health program for children is persisting in spite of the coronavirus pandemic.
Hope Reins is a horse therapy program for children. According to WRAL, the program helps children learn about the importance of trust, communication, boundaries and leadership. The program is keeping afloat by leveraging Facebook and their website to ensure children can have access with their mentors and horses.
One parent whose son participates in the program had a glowing review. Sandy Foster says the program has helped her 8-year-old son Troy. “It shows him these horses went through a lot and they are happy now,” she said. “Maybe I can be happy too.”
The nonprofit operates for families free of charge. Their online presence is being called “Bits of Hope,” offering videos about the horses.
Though being away from their horses is difficult, volunteers always talk about “when” they can be reconnected, not “if.”
Read more about Hope Reins from WRAL.