Berkshire HorseWorks Inc., which utilizes EAGALA Model Equine Assisted Learning and Equine Assisted Psychotherapy, has secured its first three grants since receiving its nonprofit status in January 2015.
Grants were awarded by the Berkshire Bank Foundation, the Warner Fund in New York and an international organization which prefers to remain anonymous, announced Hayley Sumner, founder and executive director of the nonprofit.
The Berkshire Bank Foundation grant will allow Berkshire HorseWorks to devise an eight week Life Skills Program for students with a range of mental and behavioral challenges from the Berkshire Regional and Pittsfield School Districts who, because of financial constraints, would not otherwise have access to this support.
The Warner Fund grant will facilitate numerous programs targeting children with disabilities and children in foster care. Programs include Bully Intervention/Prevention, Girls Rule!, Sister Sense, and Team Effectiveness.
Since opening its doors, Berkshire HorseWorks has served nearly 200 at-risk youth, veterans, families, couples, and individuals in need.