In 2019, Debra became a certified Emotional Poverty facilitator for AHA! Process, a company established by Dr. Ruby Payne. Dr. Payne is an educator who has done extensive research on the effects of economic and emotional poverty with children and education outcomes. Dr. Payne's work informs WEST's ability to work with people from all walks of life. Emotional poverty crosses all socioeconomic barriers and doesn't discriminate according to age, sex, or race. Resiliency skills and the latest reasearch on neurological development are the basis of the work and that's good, because that's what WEST has been teaching and coaching.
Seventeen (17) years ago, Debra Redman was introduced to the benefits of therapeutic equine therapies when she began volunteering at the stable where she was riding. The seeds of a dream were born. In 2015, the right people, the right place, the right horses all came together at Magna Morgan Manor, LLC in Buchanan, Georgia. Win Win Equine Services and Therapy, Inc. (WEST, Inc.) was born as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit April 14, 2015 with a fiscal sponsor.
Nestled in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains off of mile marker 15 on Hwy 27, WEST, Inc. serves the six county region including Haralson, Polk, Carroll, Douglas, Paulding, and Floyd.
To learn why our mission statement is "Using horses to teach people how to bend, not break," go to the Blog page for stories about how WEST does that. For a short history of how WEST was established in West Georgia, enjoy this Prezzi.