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Whit Oppenhuizen

THE STORY:

Out Side In is an equine assisted psychotherapy facility located in Grand Haven, Michigan, providing programs to assist families and veterans who are struggling with the affects of trauma, abuse, anxiety and depression. What sets Out Side In apart from similar facilities is offering treatment provided by licensed master's level providers using rescued "off the track" thoroughbred horses destined for slaughter.

Equine assisted psychotherapy has been proven highly successful, particularly in those described as treatment resistant and where other avenues of therapy have been exhausted.

The Veterans program, Heroes for Horses, offers Veterans who are suffering from the effects of their service, namely PTSD, anxiety and depression, an opportunity to find a place and a purpose once they return home.

"It's not easy at all, they don't teach you how to survive after you get out." - Chris, Veteran serving throughout the Middle-East and currently in the Heroes for Horses program.

The Veterans in each group are paired up with a rescued Off Track Thoroughbred (OTTB), that otherwise would have been sold to slaughter, and together they work to over come obstacles. The Veterans find a connection and sense of peace in working through their troubles with an animal that like them had a "job" and then was generally abandoned when they had finished serving their purpose.

Veterans in turn work with the horses to help them rebuild their trust in people, and give them opportunities to learn different skills out side of the racetrack. Together they both learn to trust again, to find a new purpose in the larger world and to build upon their strengths as they're rediscovered in the program.

"I can't believe that a horse can help as much as a trained professional." - Chuck, Vietnam Veteran and currently in the Heroes for Horses program.

A couple statistics:

A veteran dies as the result of suicide every 65 minutes in the United States.

Over 10,000 horses are sent to slaughter every year because they no longer have promising careers at the racetrack.

The beauty of Out Side In is with the care and guidance of licensed therapists, Veterans and OTTBs are able to find a new start in life. Out Side In embraces the similarities between those who are seeking a way to heal and horses in need of a renewed purpose, and is committed to the making a connection that is beneficial to both.

No Veteran is turned away for inability to pay. OSI strives to provide their services to anyone in the community who can benefit.

My goal is to raise $5,760 through the Art Van Charity Challenge. That's enough to run the Heroes for Horses program for four Veterans.

To put this in perspective:

$120 will pay for one session for a Veteran

$1,440 will pay to send a Veteran through the entire program

That said - ANY amount helps. Get a group of 4 together and you each pay $30 for one session or $360 a piece to put a Veteran through the entire program.

 

OSI is a 501(c)3 organization and any contributions are tax deductible.

$1,100

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $120

  • Mark & Kathy O

    $250

  • Kay Oppenhuizen for the vetern therapy program

    $100

  • Mike, Robia and Luca

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • For all who served

    $160

  • Katy Christensen

    $25

  • Samantha Brabant

    $25

  • Susan Johnson

    $100

  • Alyssa DeFrancesco

    $15

  • Alisha Alness

    $25

  • Elizabeth & Barbin

    $50

  • Jessica Beaver & Kris Kohtala

    $50

  • Beth Laskowski

    $30

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19% Raised of $5,760 Goal

The Team: $12,160 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

OUT SIDE IN INC

Amount Raised

$9,580

 

19% Raised of $50,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Whit Oppenhuizen

Amount Raised

$1,100

 

19% Raised of $5,760 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jan Jacobs

Amount Raised

$1,000

 

10% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Rebecca Jacobs

Amount Raised

$355

 

24% Raised of $1,500 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Krista Yetzke

Amount Raised

$100

Fundraiser Title

Kristina Baszler

Amount Raised

$25

 

1% Raised of $2,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Logan Meloche

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Beth Laskowski

Beth Laskowski

DONATION: $30

2 years ago

Jessica Beaver & Kris Kohtala

Jessica Beaver & Kris Kohtala

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Elizabeth & Barbin

Elizabeth & Barbin

DONATION: $50

2 years ago

Alisha Alness

Alisha Alness

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Alyssa DeFrancesco

Alyssa DeFrancesco

DONATION: $15

2 years ago

Susan Johnson

Susan Johnson

DONATION: $100

2 years ago

Samantha Brabant

Samantha Brabant

DONATION: $25

2 years ago

Katy Christensen

Katy Christensen

DONATION: $25

In honor of Whitney Oppenhuizen and all of her dedication to Out Side In 2 years ago

For all who served

For all who served

DONATION: $160

2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

2 years ago