Pal-O-Mine Equestrian, Inc. (www.pal-o-mine.org), a private, not for profit organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing for children and adults with disabilities, recently announced that it has received a $1,500 grant from The Starbucks Foundation. The funds will be used to help our veteran population here on Long Island who are survivors of traumatic brain injuries and dealing with other related issues of war.
Pal-O-Mine CEO and founder Lisa Gatti stated, “Thanks to the generosity of The Starbucks Foundation, Pal-O-Mine will be offering military service men and women the opportunity to participate in days of wellness where they can learn natural horsemanship, as well as participate in our Equine Assisted Psychotherapy sessions. For some, it will be the first time they feel heard, understood, present, worthy and alive. As they build trust in their equine partners they will begin to trust themselves and shed a protective layer that has been holding them hostage for too long.”
Instrumental in securing The Starbucks Foundation grant for Pal-O-Mine were two Starbucks store managers, Islandia, NY Store Manager Deborah Gregorio and Nesconset, NY Store Manager Dianne Devinney, who initially requested the grant.
Founded in 1995 by Lisa Gatti, Pal-O-Mine is a private, not for profit organization providing a comprehensive therapeutic equine program using horses to facilitate growth, learning and healing for children and adults with disabilities, as well as those who have been abused or neglected, veterans and the economically compromised. Pal-O-Mine offers a broad range of programs many of which involve the organization’s herd of therapy horses and livestock. Pal-O-Mine relies on grants and contributions from private citizens, foundations and businesses to help raise funds. For more information on Pal-O-Mine, visit:www.pal-o-mine.org or call: 631-348-1389.