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 Team Velvet, Inc. is a New Jersey non-for-profit 501(c)(3), all-volunteer, charitable organization providing proven and effective psychological counseling for children ages 5 to 12 with trauma at no cost to the family.  ​  Our program is funded through grants and donations. It is fully staffed by our director and founder, Dr. Susan Edwards, Psychologist and Ph.D., and our tireless group of volunteers.

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SPONSORSHIP FORM
June 8, 2024

Hunterdon Foundation

P.O. Box 393

Quakertown, NJ 08868-0393

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email: hunterdonevents@gmail.com

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Team Velvet Inc. is honored to have been selected as one of the named charities for the 2024 Hunterdon Polo Classic to be held June 8, 2024. Sponsorship forms are available at hunterdonpolo.org or from kpiparo64@gmail.com. To donate/designate patron tailgaits to Team Velvet Inc. with full payment to be received by May 25, 2024.

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Visits with Horses: April 2024 Team Velvet Inc. News
by Susan Edwards PhD

 

Team Velvet Inc. welcomes in Spring with our annual Visits with Horses: Child Seminar Series Helping Children Grow in Emotional Intelligence and Resilience. Every year during Mental Health Awareness Month [May], statistics on child self-harm are presented by the government CDC which illustrate alarming trends. From concern over the impact of peer bullying to the witnessing of violence, figures from two years ago reflected that the 8th largest factor in pediatric death in children under l2 was self-inflicted injury. It is very disturbing to imagine pediatric suicide a significant cause of death in America.

 

Team Velvet Inc., an all-volunteer non-mounted horse therapy charity housed on Journeys End Farm in Flemington, has developed a seminar series teaching children ages 10-12 emotional intelligence and resiliency concepts. When faced with emotional stress, such concepts provide coping skills for kids.

 

Based on the classic childhood Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, children attending the seminar will have the opportunity for skill building as well as interacting with the therapy horses of Team Velvet Inc. The seminar is a series of four programs and a parent is required to accompany the child to either a morning [10-11:30am] or afternoon [1-2:30pm] session.

 

Topics include:

Session 1: Saturday, April 13 -- Growing in Emotional Intelligence and Resilience

Session 2: Saturday, April 20 -- Handling Worry and Stress

Session 3: Saturday, April 27 -- Coping with Fear and Anxiety

Session 4: Saturday, May 4 -- Overcoming Obstacles

 

The program is FREE but registration is required via email to kpiparo64@gmail.com with child’s name, age and session/date attending. Group size is limited so register early. Team Velvet Inc. provides equine-assisted mental health services for children ages 5-12 with emotional trauma and adjustment issues. For more information call Psychologist Dr. Susan Edwards [609 924 4330] to refer a child. The nonprofit is funded totally by donations and grants.Donations may be made via the website or via mail at Team Velvet Inc.,

PO 268, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553.

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Team Velvet Inc. was selected as one of 87 horse-assisted charities across the United States to participate in a national media campaign to help the public recognize and understand the increasingly important role of horses in mental health programs.  

Starting this month and peaking in May, which is National Mental Health Awareness Month, the Horses in Mental Health program will share articles, films, videos, and web-based material on the unique contribution of mental health therapy horses to individuals coping with depression, anxiety, grief, and traumatic loss. 

Founded in 2009, Team Velvet Inc. was incorporated as a nonprofit providing clinical horse therapy services to children ages 5-12 who have experienced traumatic
loss and adjustment. An all-volunteer organization, the group provides therapy and mental health education for children at no cost to families. Our work will be included in this public awareness program.

We will also again be offering our Visits with Horses Seminar Series for children ages 10-12 on Strengthening Emotional Intelligence and Resiliency. These programs will be offered on four Saturday mornings 10-12am or afternoons 1-3pm during the month of May and are based on the children’s classic Black Beauty by Anna Sewell.

 

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Community News

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People will often explain how the influence of trauma has changed the trajectory of their lives. I remember on eight-year-old. He wrote a story about the September eleventh tragedy which went something like this:

“A mother has five sons. ‘I love you sons’ she said. She worked in the towers in New York. When the plane hit the towers, the love ran out of her and into the sons. Here is one of them. When he grows up, he will help in the world. He has that much love.”

Team Velvet, Inc. is currently having child volunteers craft a Kind-ness Tree in the horse barn to remind all of us many ways kids transform trauma and obstacles into kindness toward the world. Such kindness can help nature, family, animals, and other children.

The Kindness Tree will display drawings from kids 6-12 that illustrate children’s ideas. Mail drawings to Team Velvet, Inc., PO Box 268, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553 along with the first name and age of the child and parent email address. All drawings will be posted on the Kindness Tree and parents who send an email address will receive an email certificate for each young artist. 

Upcoming events: In March, the announcement for the next Visits with Horses class for children ages 10-12 will be posted. The four-week program involves strengthening emotional intelligence and resiliency in kids based on the childhood classic Black Beauty. Parents must accompany the child and there is no fee for the program which is held at our therapy horse farm in Flemington. Details follow in March. 

Team Velvet, Inc. is a 501c-3 organization that provides nonmounted equine mental health counseling for children ages 6-12 who experienced trauma. F
or more information call Psychologist/Director Dr. Susan Edwards at 609 924 4330 to refer a child. Donations can be made at the website or via mail at Team Velvet, Inc., PO Box 268, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553.

Community News

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Group photo of program volunteers including therapy horses Buddy (left), Precious (center), and Little Annie (far right). Board members front, far right Dr. Susan Edwards and Dr. Kathy Piparo​ Team Velvet Inc.  Board of Directors Secretary Dr. Kathy Piparo and President Dr. Susan Edwards recently honored program volunteers at Team Velvet’s therapy facility Journeys End Farm in Flemington, NJ.
 
“Without volunteers like  you,” Dr. Piparo explained, “we could not provide our horse therapy program for child trauma.  Your selfless acts of kindness are the backbone of running a successful all-volunteer organization.”
 
Team Velvet volunteers work inside the barn, help with facility and pasture maintenance, and decorate the farm with seasonal displays. They also staff fundraisers like the recent “Photo Opps with Santa and His Holiday Horses” and ongoing programs. Some groom the therapy horses and serve as horse handlers in the “Visits with Horses” program designed to strengthen emotional intelligence and resiliency in children ages 10-12. 
 
Dr. Edwards describes the diverse nature of Team Velvet’s dedicated group. “We have volunteers who just like helping , others who are ‘giving back’ to life in gratitude for what they feel has been given to them, and still others who honor a deep love of children by assisting a children’s charity that provides horse counseling in child mental health offered free to families.
 
Some volunteers are reminded of their country roots when they enter our farm and some just like horses. The sense of peace accompanying entry into a horse farm is a powerful emotion difficult to explain. “
 
Edwards continued: “I recently asked a newer volunteer who works about four hours a week what she liked about volunteering on the farm.  An executive woman with an impressive career who is weekly mucking stalls and sweeping barn aisles offered a response that surprised me.”
 
“It’s the magic,” Mary said. “Horses and being close to the earth remind me of the powerful love that animals and nature have to offer.  In my day-to-day life, I often forget that.  When I leave here I always have a smile on my face.”
 
Dr. Kathy Piparo reminded the group that ultimately their efforts assisting Team Velvet Inc. help children heal from the effects of trauma when she said, “Your selfless kindness can help us make a difference in a child’s life. “ 
 
For more information on Team Velvet Inc. or to refer a child age 5-12 call Psychologist/Director Dr. Edwards at 609 924 4330. 

Team Velvet Inc. is a 50l c-3 all-volunteer charity totally funded by donations and grants. Tax-deductible donations may be made via the website/PayPal or via mail to Team Velvet Inc., PO Box 268, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553. 

Community News

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Author’s Note:  Earlier this month we received a grant to provide non-mounted horse therapy for a year to one child age 6-11 with multiple handicap and/or developmental disability who has experienced trauma. A parent or helping professional can refer the family of the child to Dr. Susan Edwards, Psychologist/Director via email at sedwardsnj@earthlink.net, answering service 609-924-4330 or cell 609-216-1910. Please share this note as there will be no fee for this service.

December 2023
At this time of year we look both back at the events of the past year and forward into the goals of the coming one.  
 
Team Velvet Inc. continued to provide nonmounted clinical horse therapy without fee to trauma children as well as provide general developmental strengthening of emotional intelligence and resiliency through the Visits with Horses Program, Parts One and Two.  Using the text Black Beauty by Anna Sewell as well as providing live interactive activities with the program’s therapy horses, the feedback from parents and children was exceptional. We will continue to offer this program for 10-12 year olds in the coming year and may expand into psychoeducational services for nine year olds.
 
We are looking for two donations of $2,000 each that will allow us to publish a book on managing traumatic flashbacks for kids and one on emotional healing. We also seek permanent supporters whose donations will strengthen the sustainability of our charity.

Thank you to everyone who contacted us with kind words and donations in special memory of our beloved therapy horse Velvet.  His picture is included in the electronic edition of this month’s edition along with the quotation under his photo in our barn. “Forever Velvet:  his love lives on through us.”
 
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Christmas Lights with Santa!

Thursday December 7th & Friday December 8th, 6-8 pm

See SANTA & this Explosion of Lights which is one of the largest private Christmas light displays in Hunterdon and surrounding counties. This is a slow drive-by event where Santa will greet passersby and accept voluntary donations to benefit Team Velvet, Inc. CLICK HERE for event details and to RSVP.
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We are pleased to have this kind, gentle gelding join our
helping herd for children.

Buddy is a draft/Quarter horse/paint mix with a kind spirit who will carry on the special bond established by Velvet as the lead male horse in the herd. We thank everyone who  is helping
Buddy feel at home.

CLICK HERE to read more about our new horse Buddy!

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Childhood Trauma

Each day there is a child who experiences the death of a loved one, witnesses violence, is victimized by crime of intense bullying, disfigured by an accident, or other countless events - all resulting in severe childhood trauma. In the extreme, child trauma may cause flashbacks, blackouts, and may result in severe and harmful physical behavior.

Team Velvet, Inc. provides multi-modal horse therapy for traumatized children ages 5-12 with psychologist Dr. Susan Edwards. Therapy horses may be involved in interactive games, kick a soccer ball, dance or be taught liberty performance. Children do not ride the horses, they interact while working towards goals of increased self-esteem and resiliency over adverse childhood events.

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Team Velvet has treated 40 families with children who have experienced severe trauma. Many of these children have been referred to us by other professionals who found the child's problems intractable with traditional therapies. We do not have the funding and resources to treat all of the children referred to us. Therefore, we are seeking generous donors to help us to be able to accept all referrals of the most emotionally vulnerable children.

Our successful, continuing counseling service is located on our farm in Flemington, NJ.  If you have any questions whatsoever about our history, therapy methods, potential therapy costs (if any) beyond insurance coverage, success stories, to arrange a visit to our farm etc., see out "Contact Us" page on how to contact Dr. Edwards directly.

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Psychologist Dr. Susan Edwards and the helping horses of Team Velvet, Inc. are offering a series of group sessions for children ages 10 to 12 to help them grow in two ways related to good mental health. The program includes non-mounted activities with the horses designed to address emotional intelligence so that children are more able to recognize and cope with feelings - their own and those of others, and to help strengthen child resilience in facing and overcoming life's obstacles. Parents may accompany their children but sessions are focused on child learning.

SESSIONS ARE SATURDAY 1-3pm
Children can attend one session or the entire series.
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Session 1 - July 8th  -  Growing in Positive Power and Self Confidence

Session 2 - July 15  -  Self Esteem

Session 3 - July 22  -  Self Image

Session 4 - July 29  -  Self Efficacy

The program is FREE but registration is required via email to: kpiparo64@gmail.com

Email child's name, age, and session date(s) attending.

Group size is limited so register early.

Program Co-Leaders:
Susan Edwards PhD, Psychologist
Christina Piparo, Peer Mentor/Former Volunteer of the Year
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We Make Children Smile

YOU Can Make a Difference in the Life of a Child

 

The continued success of Team Velvet depends on generous contributors like you.  We are in urgent need of funds  to ensure our continuing operation.  Your donation provides therapy scholarships for children and help feed and care for our therapy horses.  Your dollars can help to heal a child's heart and mind, one smile at a time. 

 

Tax-deductible monetary contributions can be made through PayPal via our "Tax Deductible Donations" page or mail checks made out to Team Velvet, Inc. to PO Box 268, Rocky Hill, NJ 08553-0268.

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Happy Fall

From Little Annie, Buddy, and The Therapy Horses of Team Velvet Inc.

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Team Velvet, Inc.

A Non Profit 501(C)(3)  Charitable Organization

Equine Facilitated Mental Health Services for Children

Understanding Bereavement, Giftedness, Grief and Loss, Treatment of Trauma, Adjustment Issues

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"Our horses work in the arena of a child's heart"

Services are provided at NO CHARGE to the families.

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