Smart Helps Others with Forging a Renewed Spirit

"I was not willing to accept that my fate was to live unhappily ever after. Everything—my family, my home, my chance to go to school—had been given back to me, and I didn’t want to miss a second chance of living my own life. "

Elizabeth Smart from her book, Where There’s Hope -- Healing, Moving Forward, and Never Giving Up

FLORENCE–Renewed Spirits is hosting a benefit dinner at the Marriott Shoals Conference Center featuring Elizabeth Smart on Tuesday, September 28.   Renewed Spirits is a nonprofit counseling service that works with the underserved in our community through various programs including Equine Therapy.  

The keynote speaker for the evening will provide a night of encouragement and hope for attendees.  Elizabeth Smart was set to graduate middle school in 2002 when she was taken from her home in Salt Lake City, Utah and held captive for close to a year.  However, this was a rare horror story with a happy ending, as the clues led to the teenager’s safe return.   Elizabeth will be sharing her story of hope, healing, and never giving up.  

Sponsorship packages are available beginning at $500. This includes dinner before the event, reserved seating for event, and recognition on all marketing/media/signage, and a thank you on social media.

General admission for event is $50 and does not include dinner.  For more information, call 256-335-4062 or visit

Equine Therapy is Face to Face

Renewed Spirits offers Equine-assisted psychotherapy that has proven successful with at-risk teens, veterans, substance abuse recovery, trauma victims, and others.  

A licensed, credentialed Mental Health Professional, a qualified Equine Specialist, and horses working safely together with the client in an arena has achieved amazing results. All the work is done on the ground with the horses front and center, deliberately unhindered and never ridden.  This allows them to interact with the client as they wish, and creating the space for the client, with the support of the professional facilitators, 

Horses have a large size and powerful presence, yet have evolved to be extremely sensitive to their environment. They are social animals with distinct personalities, attitudes, and moods. They can instinctively analyze and react to our body language and other nonverbal cues providing us with valuable feedback and insights for other areas of our lives.  We can’t just control a powerful horse.  Approaching horses helps us reflect how we approach our relationships and how we can face other big or overwhelming things in our lives.