Interview with the Official STEPS Human-Equine Relations Manager, Bob: A Special North Texas Giving Day Edition
Mama Mia: Well, hello there, Bob! It's a pleasure to sit down with you today for a special interview. And thank you for allowing me the privilege to interview you! You're one of the original members of the STEPS with Horses herd, and you hold quite a prestigious title, don't you?
Bob: Oh, indeed, Mama Mia! I am none other than Bob, the Official STEPS Herd Human-Equine Relations Manager. It's a position of great importance, I assure you.
Mama Mia: We'll get to that, Bob. But first, let's take a stroll down memory lane. Can you tell our audience how you came to be a part of STEPS with Horses and your role in our extraordinary mission?
Bob: Well, Mama Mia, it's a tale as legendary as my own name. You see, I arrived at STEPS with Horses in my late 20s, which makes me the elder statesman of the herd, a true antique of horse wisdom, if you will. Despite my age, the folks at STEPS saw the undeniable charm in my miniature stature and recognized my ability to work wonders with clients of all ages, especially the youngest humans. I became beloved by both those near and those on Zoom, and thus, I became the esteemed Official STEPS Herd Human-Equine Relations Manager, a role that I take very seriously, of course.
Mama Mia: You certainly wear your responsibilities well, Bob. Now, let's talk about North Texas Giving Day. Can you explain what it is and why it's so significant for organizations like STEPS with Horses?
Bob: Absolutely, Mama Mia. North Texas Giving Day is like the Super Bowl of giving. It's a day when people come together to support non-profit organizations, including ours. It's significant because it's an opportunity for our community to rally behind us, show their love, and help us continue our mission.
Mama Mia: And what is that mission and how did STEPS come to be, Bob?
Bob: Ah, an excellent question, Mama Mia. STEPS with Horses was co-founded by industry leader, Dr. Hallie Sheade, and USMC Veteran, Paul Ziehe, to fulfill a noble mission - to increase accessibility to counseling services for some of the most vulnerable members of our North Texas community. We're here to serve our military veterans, service members, and their families, as well as at-risk youth. But you see, we have a big heart, and we also extend our support to others with mental health needs. Their vision also included offering multiple levels of care, meeting each client exactly where they are in their journey towards healing. We believe in inclusivity, accessibility, and the power of human-equine interaction to make a positive impact in people's lives. To accomplish these goals, we use the magic of human-equine interaction to help individuals overcome challenges, find emotional healing, and develop valuable life skills. Our herd members, both human and equine, work tirelessly to create a safe and nurturing environment for our clients.
Mama Mia: That’s a great story, Bob! If the humans want to support our mission, how do donations on North Texas Giving Day impact the work you do at STEPS with Horses?
Bob: Ah, the power of donations! Donations on North Texas Giving Day are like juicy green grass to hungry horses - they keep us going strong! These contributions allow us to expand our programs, reach more clients, and provide financial assistance to those who might not otherwise have access to our services.
Mama Mia: Well put, Bob. Can you tell us about some of the programs and initiatives that donors can contribute to on this special day?
Bob: Of course, Mama Mia. Donations raised on North Texas Giving Day support a variety of initiatives, from our play therapy sessions for children, like the ones I excel in, to programs aimed at helping teens and adults. They can also contribute to our efforts in serving individuals and families facing specific challenges like trauma, anxiety, depression, or behavioral issues. These donations also support our care like yummy alfalfa, veterinary care, and, of course, cookies!
Mama Mia: And now, Bob, the final question - why do you think people should open their hearts and wallets to support STEPS with Horses on North Texas Giving Day?
Bob: Mama Mia, it's quite simple. When you support STEPS with Horses, you're not just helping horses like me maintain our lavish lifestyles – you're making a genuine difference in the lives of our clients. You're enabling individuals to find healing, develop essential life skills, and discover a profound connection with the majestic creatures who make up the STEPS Herd. You're investing in the well-being of our community and helping us continue our mission of spreading love, hope, and horsiness. So, why should people support us on North Texas Giving Day? Because we're not just changing lives; we're making them better, one hoofprint at a time!
Mama Mia: Well said, Bob. Thank you for sharing the heart and soul of STEPS with Horses. And to our audience, remember, your support on North Texas Giving Day makes all of this possible. So, let's come together and show some love to STEPS with Horses! Early giving is open NOW! Donate to STEPS: www.northtexasgivingday.org/stepswithhorses