A Mission of Giving

Wings of Hope

The Wings of Hope program, sponsored by Mercy Foundation, is bringing a new and exciting resource to our Douglas County schools. Mercy Foundation is partnering with Walk About Hooves to bring Equine Assisted Learning to Douglas County. This service for the students is offered at no cost to the schools.


The Wings of Hope program was established to help children coping with grief. This includes students who have experienced loss, whether it is through death, abandonment, divorce, or parental conflict. This program is child-centered and is designed so that participants can address their own issues and concerns while working as a group.


Equine Assisted Learning has been proven to be highly effective for school groups. Students participate in a 10-week session, and groups of peers spend an hour and 15 minutes in an arena with the Walk About Hooves team; a therapist, an equine specialist and horses, engaging in activities that provide opportunities for personal insight and processing.


Groups of students will be organized by age, ensuring similar stages of development for processing. Walk About Hooves has secured various facilities in the community to minimize transportation cost and time. Groups will rotate in a South County locations as the demand requires. There will be three 8-10 week sessions.


Please complete a Children's Health Care Application.


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