Attitudes & Attire and Equest - A Perfect Fit!

Four years ago, Equest was introduced to the amazing team at Attitudes & Attire through our mutual partnership with another outstanding nonprofit, Carry The Load. When it comes to making a positive impact in our community, we recognized immediately that Attitudes & Attire is special! 

Dedicated to promoting personal growth for women seeking self-sufficiency, Attitudes & Attire provides the tools to raise self-esteem, promote ethics and build the confidence necessary for their clients to develop successful life skills.  Since Lyn Berman founded the organization in 1996, they have done just that – for more than 21,000 women. 

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Attitudes & Attire offers three programs.

  • Core Program workshops focus on improving job readiness and self-esteem.  Upon completion of the workshops, each participant is invited to select workplace appropriate clothing from a beautiful boutique stocked primarily with donations from the community.
  • Hopeful Smiles is a partnership with area dentists to restore the oral appearance of women whose teeth and gums have been damaged by poverty, substance abuse, neglect, etc.
  • Boots to Heels assists women in the military community with the transition to civilian life by focusing on job readiness.

Through these programs, Attitudes & Attire is fulfilling their vision of building confidence and changing the lives of the women they serve. 

Of course, this vision is perfectly aligned with Equest’s mission of enhancing the lives of our clients through the power of horses.  Our nonprofits are a natural fit! 

Where we’ve seen our collaboration truly take off is in the work of our respective veterans programs.  The Hooves for Heroes team regularly presents on the benefits of equine therapy during Boots to Heels workshops.  We often see their women veterans coming to Equest both as participants and volunteers.  In fact, one of our current Mission Continues Fellows learned of Equest this way.  We also work closely with the Boots to Heels team to connect them with our clients who may benefit from the services they provide. 

In addition, both Equest and Attitudes & Attire are “pioneer members” of an exciting new coordinated care network called “Texas Serves”. This network is formalizing partnerships like ours and adding additional well-vetted nonprofits to more efficiently provide services for veterans and military families across North Texas.

Finally, Equest piloted an equine-facilitated counseling group last summer specifically for Boots to Heels participants.  The EVE (Equine-Veteran Experience) group, as it has come to be known, has proven one of the most impactful components of H4H and is now a fixture in veterans program.

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Our organizations have truly become “force multipliers” for one another!

In January two of our H4H team members, Jeff Hensley and Susannah Denney, had the chance to celebrate this partnership when they were selected as Honorary Co-Chairs for the 2018 Attitudes & Attires Luncheon & Fashion Show.  Jeff and Susannah spoke for all of us at Equest when they told the crowd about the extraordinary work being accomplished by our friends at Attitudes & Attire and how grateful we are for our partnership with them. 

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We’re not sure where passion and innovation will lead this partnership next but one thing’s for sure – we’re eventually going to get Lyn Berman in the saddle!

Jeff Hensley, MS, LPC