In March 2018, the Omaha, NE Branch donated $2,500 to the Heartland Equine Therapeutic Riding Academy and was given a tour of their facility. HETRA offers services in Therapeutic Riding, Hippotherapy, Equine Services for Veterans and Therapeutic Carriage Driving and is currently the only PATH Premier Accredited Therapeutic Riding Center in Nebraska. They serve participants of all ages with disabilities such as cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, cystic fibrosis, brain tumors, head or spinal cord injuries, visual impairment, autism, development delays, strokes, etc., and they continually work to expand the program.
Pam Rasmussen, Loan Officer in the Omaha Branch says, “Going to HETRA to see their program in action was an awesome way to spend time with my teammates. So glad that we could go and get a private tour of the facilities and learn how HETRA impacts their student’s lives and see how our donation will be put to good use. Thank you again to Guild Mortgage for giving back to local communities and making a difference in people’s lives. It is so fun to see the children’s faces light up when it is their turn for their therapy session. HETRA has such a strong volunteer base and not every organization can say that.”
Rob Denning, Omaha’s Branch Manager says, “As a team, and working with our Regional VP, Rob Allphin, we had the opportunity to ‘give back’ to our community. Our Omaha team met and talked about many worthy organizations. We are a diverse and fun loving bunch, the group at HETRA really connected with the team, and they became our choice. It’s tremendous to be able to give back to the community we live and serve in.”
Processor Martin Hartman describes the experience saying, “The facilities and staff at HETRA are amazing and one of a kind. The workers and volunteers are genuine and caring, and the work they do with the horses and therapy patients is truly remarkable and life changing.”