Therapy with Another Purpose
Michael Hanna is an active volunteer and resident physical therapist in Thomasville’s Hands and Hearts for Horses, which offers activities in both therapeutic riding and hippotherapy 11 months per year. Michael uses the horse’s gait and appeal to make hippotherapy both fun and beneficial.
Jackie Bishop and her husband have been long-time sponsors of a child through Latin American ChildCare. Jackie’s husband, Jason, spent time in Bogata, Columbia to meet the child and to help build a neighborhood school. The monthly support helps to provide necessities of a good education, nutritious food, medical care, and the good news of the Gospel. They enjoyed corresponding with the child.
Lives Without Limits (LWL), a recently created not-for-profit organization, empowers individuals with physical and mental disabilities to enjoy outdoor physical activities, such as hunting and fishing. Jake Ricks, one of LWL’s volunteers, experienced a paralyzing injuring 16 years ago and is wheelchair-bound. Through LWL, Jake took part in turkey hunt this spring, bagging his first turkey.
Michael Hanna extends giving of his time and talents worldwide to Much Ministries, which “exists to inspire and empower individuals, families, and communities to move from a mindset of poverty to a posture of abundance through education, creativity and practical life experiences.” His service has taken him along with many other volunteers to Gonaives, Haiti, where they started classes for Trade School Haiti, a six-week community reformation project
and Christian ministry dedicated to help the people of Gonaives become self-sufficient. As noted in an article in The Thomasville Times Enterprise, "What
began as an initial response to meet immediate needs has evolved into an effort to teach necessary skills in order to equip Haitians to feed their families,
educate their children, and rebuild their lives for a sustainable future.”
Michael Hanna serves on the board of RedEye Coffee, “a socially and environmentally responsible coffee bar in Tallahassee,” where all its net profits go toward humanitarian efforts locally (Tallahassee) and globally (Panajachel,Guatemala and Benin, Africa). Efforts include providing food, housing, and education to help break the cycle of poverty and working to end child trafficking in western Africa.
Jake Ricks is a strong believer in "giving back" and is active in Second Harvest of South Georgia, a hunger-relief organization that supplies food and grocery products to more than 300 non-profit organizations in South Georgia.