Traverse City, MI (August 1, 2016) – PEACE Ranch is proud to announce that on September 1, 2016, Kaitlyn Grangood will become the new Program Director at PEACE Ranch. The new position represents significant organizational growth and our commitment to the greater Grand Traverse community to provide Professional Equine Assisted Counseling and Education for all in need.
Kaitlyn Grangood was born and raised in Petoskey, MI. Her teenage years were spent riding and showing horses at open shows, and she was an active member of her local 4-H Club for over ten years. Kaitlyn earned a BA in Psychology from Oakland University and a Masters in Social Work from Grand Valley State University. Kaitlyn has also been recognized for her commitment to community service devoting countless hours to programs serving at-risk youth. A Northern Michigan native, Kaitlyn spends her free time outdoors hiking, kayaking, or riding her horse, Lucy. Combining her passion for horses with her compassion for people has always been Kaitlyn’s life goal. Kaitlyn recently completed her final internship completing her MSW requirements and will begin her new career at PEACE September 1.
PEACE Ranch is a legal outreach of Parakleis Inc, a 501c3 charitable organization. Rescue horses rehabilitated at the ranch are part of a unique clinical therapy team that helps humans heal from trauma caused by abuse, neglect, conflict, pain and grief. Ranch founders Paul & Jackie Kaschel are longtime residents of Traverse City who, responding to a regional need in 1990, founded Forest Lakes Counseling where Paul, a limited licensed Psychologist continues provide professional Christian counseling services for people regardless of their ability to pay. The Kaschels became pioneers of experiential, Equine Assisted Psychotherapy using the EAGALA Model in the Grand Traverse region after adopting 3 traumatized children in 1995 who were unable to be helped through traditional counseling. EAGALA is a clinical model used worldwide as an effective intervention to address a broad range of emotional, psychological, and personal growth issues but is especially helpful in addressing the needs of people who endured extreme trauma or abuse. PEACE Ranch currently donates 25 hours weekly for children and families in crisis and Veterans with Military trauma. These services are made possible through private donors, business sponsorships, and fundraising efforts.
For more information visit www.peaceranchtc.com, find us on Facebook, or call (231) 499-4736.