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Mustard Seed Society is a nonprofit organization created to provide interactive adventure-based therapeutic interventions.
Our client population includes those who have been addicted, abused, wounded, and allowed to grow up without nurture or guidance.
We are a faith-based organization offering hope to those who believe their life is hopeless.
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Mustard Seed Society had a great summer. Our FUN DAY was a success, as were our day camps for the high school girls , Man Camp, and Stable Ladies camp, and The Strong Girls.
We had a sad year with our horses. We lost 2 of our rescues, Dani and Katie. We also lost our oldest and dearest, sweet Mia. They all served our youth well and they were much loved. They will be so missed!!
Our horse family now is healthy and happy and looking forward to a busy year.
We have had a great year with some 9th grade students from Pell City High School. Many of them arrived angry, rude and afraid. We have spent the year with these amazing young folks and watched them grow and learn. The horses have done their job well. They like relationship —-but only if it is a good one. They are very effective in communicating when they feel disrespected. The kids have developed a close bond with their horses. Caring for the horses, relating to them and riding them has helped them to learn self-regulation – a life skill that can positively impact their lives. We at Mustard Seed are grateful to have had the kids this year.
Last week, Cori Ray – MSS board member, and I had the honor of presenting a program on suicide prevention to the 10th grade students at Pell City High School. Cori had good information and statistics on teen suicide to share with the kids. I got to pitch candy when they answered questions!! The kids were receptive and learned a lot, especially the phone numbers for the crisis center and the national suicide hotline. It was great day. We will return next week to share with another group of teens.
The weather at the Farm has just NOT been delightful for some time now. This has not really contributed in a positive manner to the moods of the kids or the critters! Last week the high school kids returned to the farm after a couple weeks of missing out due to strong storms. They each fetched their horses, groomed them and headed for the arena for some drill team work on the ground. Our chief BG was having a really difficult time with her horse, Keosha. They are fast friends but today Keosha continually nipped at her hand and was generally uncooperative until she dissolved in tears. She exclaimed “She doesn’t like me anymore.” We explored why that might be when BG stated “I’m in a bad mood.” Keosha loves being in relationship and it did not take long for her to let BG know she was not holding up her end of this relationship. BG’s desire for this relationship is strong and she immediately changed her attitude—This resulted in a complete change in Keosha. They continued their work together like a real team – both smiling! This high spirited Saddle Bred horse knows a bit about relationship and she is more than willing to share that knowledge with her favorite BG.
January 26th was a brisk day but it did not slow down the Strong Girls from Jefferson County. We had 6 beautiful teen girls and their 4 guardians/counselors. The girls learned how to build a cooking fire where they roasted hot dogs, cooked baked beans in an iron kettle, and made s’mores. We played a therapeutic game with the horses and then had a nice ride. The girls were good sports in everything. It was a time to learn, grow and just have fun!