Compassionately Leading People Toward Wholeness
I was born and raised and lived much of my life in Wayne County. I did take a few breaks from my hometown over the years. At age ten I lived in Northern Ontario in a remote settlement for two years where my parents were in volunteer service. This set my life, heart, and passion on a cross-cultural path. I’ve lived varying amounts of time with the shortest being 3 months and the longest being 9 ½ years in other places such as PA, NYC, Taiwan, Thailand, and China. I’ve also done short trips to Vietnam. Some of the things I’ve learned from my experiences are that all peoples desire and need love, respect, acceptance, forgiveness, and friendship. Another main lesson is that unique and different is not a bad thing, but rather an opportunity to learn new and interesting things and ways to look at the world.
My first jobs were babysitting, washing dishes at a local restaurant, and cleaning house. Later jobs included hostess/waitress/bussing at a Dutch restaurant, working at a local Chinese restaurant for several years, and then cashier/Customer Service Manage at Wal-Mart for four years. I see this as all good preparation for my next job as a Community Psychiatric Support Treatment provider for a community mental health agency. Following that I was an intensive home-based therapist for children and their families who were in crisis. This brought me to my current job as an outpatient therapist for SpringHaven and Woodside Rest. I am involved in individual, family, and group therapy. Some of the approaches I use in therapy are cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavior therapy, and acceptance and commitment therapy. I consider it an honor and a privilege to be a part of a great team here at SpringHaven where their goal is to compassionately help lead people toward wholeness.
We are looking forward to hosting another Natural Lifemanship training here at SpringHaven in July. Click on the link for more information.
Full Sponsorship: Is $150 per month ($1800 per year). As a Thank You for your sponsorship you will receive an 11x14 picture of your horse and two personalized letters from your horse per year; plus a personal invitation to our annual volunteer day to work with your horse.
Half-Sponsorship: Is $75 per month ($900 per year). As a Thank You for your half-sponsorship you will receive two personalized letters from your horse per year.
Mr. Butter has witnessed some amazing changes at SpringHaven. He watched as crews moved dirt, dug holes, and began placing steel beams just before Christmas. Then as Spring turned to Summer he saw the project transform into a new heated, indoor arena. To Mr. Butter's surprise and delight he learned that this new structure provided him with his own personal space where he can rest and allow the stress of the day to melt away. Although he still enjoys his hay tremendously, Mr. Butter's emotional health has improved in his new home and he is engaging more with clients.
In fact he was feeling so well that he and Charm modeled the latest fall fashion trend at the grand opening of the new arena that was held on September 24, 2015 and entertained the community as they toured his new home. He raced around jumping for joy to express gratitude to the community for making his new home possible. He was so excited to share how he and the rest of the herd can work with more clients and not have to worry about getting wet or being cold in the unpredictable Ohio weather. Plus he was happy to share that part of the herd's new space can help the Equine Program begin a riding program and it provides space to host clinical and horsemanship trainings.
Mr. Butter could not believe his eyes when two weeks later Everence presented a check for the Equine Program's landscape project. In less than eight hours about 15 volunteers planted 21 trees, created a patio area, spread 20 tons of pea gravel, and made a walking path for therapists and clients to be able to enjoy the picturesque surroundings. He has been blessed to see people enjoying the new path and patio and he cannot wait to see what will be planted in the Spring; hopefully plants that will keep the flies away from him.
November has been filled with excitement and sadness for Mr. Butter. He has been getting to know a new member to the herd, Tucker, while at the same time grieving the death of a friend and mentor, Danny. Even though Mr. Butter know Danny had been having trouble in his ripe old age of 39, he was still upset as the veterinarian laid him to rest. Mr. Butter is going to miss teasing Danny and watching Danny work with clients as he was a tremendous blessing to all who know him
Words cannot express the entire Equine Program's sincerest gratitude to the community for your generosity and support. If you and your family would like to support Mr. Butter and the Program please send your gift to SpringHaven and note on the memo line "Equine Fund."