Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.
Teaching People Kindness and Compassion to Animals, Each Other and our Planet.

Peace Enhancement Program

Many people think of us as an organization that helps animals, and that’s true, but did you know that we also help people? From September through June, we offer what we like to call A Peace Enhancement Program, which hosts at risk, inner-city, and, special needs kids who need a little unconditional love, hope, and inspiration.

We invite people from the inner-city, special needs classes, drug and alcohol rehab centers, domestic violence centers, war veterans, senior centers, foster homes, probation camps, and child and family centers to come out and cultivate self- awareness, hope for the future, and find themselves in the barnyard. Many of the kids we work with have had to grow up fast and take care of others. The experience at The Gentle Barn allows these children to escape their struggled lives, their violent pasts, their losses, and just have fun, become kids again, and know hope and inspiration from animals that have gone through the same stories of abuse and neglect. The animals serve as role models for the kids - modeling trust, forgiveness, and, second chances. The Gentle Barn is a circle of healing: we heal the animals, the animals heal the kids, and the kids grow up to be kinder to animals.

The agencies we work with cannot afford to pay for the program. So, we go into the community ourselves to get the groups sponsored. If you would like to make a lifelong difference to a child in need, as well as the animals at The Gentle Barn, please consider sponsoring a group of kids to come heal among the animals. It could be a school group, a special needs class, a children’s hospital, or anyone who needs some love and some hope.

Click here to find out more about our programs for children!

Written by Ellie Laks
Founder, The Gentle Barn

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It's unfortunate that animal testing is still such a problem in the beauty industry and personal care products. Throughout September, MyCHELLE and Crystal are proudly running cruelty-free campaigns featuring our sponsorship with The Gentle Barn to help spread awareness on animal testing. We believe in giving back to the people and places who need it the most and helping all find that bigger purpose in life that motivates every one of us to keep getting up, showing up, and making a difference whenever we can. We are proud to partner with like-minded, grass-roots organizations like The Gentle Barn, who are in the trenches, working hard to innovate, problem-solve, inspire, and uplift each other every single day. Are you ready to join us?

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