History & Purpose:

Refuge Services, Inc.

History and Purpose of Work

Refuge Services, Inc., a private non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization, was established in Lubbock in September of 1999. The mission of Refuge Services, Inc. is to enhance functioning of individuals, families, and groups. This is achieved by providing opportunities to develop skills for solving problems, overcoming obstacles, and reaching individual as well as group goals. Refuge Services provides Hippotherapy (H), Therapeutic riding (TR), and Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) to over 120 clients per week in Lubbock and the surrounding communities with over 80% of the clients served being between 2-18 years of age. Our programs run year-round.  Refuge Services conducted over 6000 client hours in 2010.  Our goal for 2011 is to serve 150 clients per week conducting over 7500 hours of therapy.


Nationwide, equine-assisted therapies have become a preferred form of treatment for many issues from disabilities to mental health and behavioral diagnoses. The rhythmic movements of the horse provide correction and rehabilitation to clients with muscle and speech limitations.  During the hour-long sessions, the therapist concentrates on improving the client’s physical, sensory, emotional, cognitive, and/or psychological deficiencies.


Types of disabilities/conditions served at Refuge Services:

· Amputations

· Austism

· Brain Injuries

· Cerebal Palsy

· Down Syndrome

· Stroke

  • Mental Retardation
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Speech Impairments

  • Emotional Disabilities
  • Spina Bifida
  • Hearing Impairments
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Visual Impairments

Lubbock's Refuge Services, Inc.

  • Is the first certified, "out-patient" Equine-Assisted Psychotherapy program in Texas.
  • Serves a 37-county target area surrounding Lubbock with mobile services including the following counties: Deaf Smith, Randall, Armstrong, Hall, Brisco, Swisher, Castro, Parmer, Bailey, Lamb, Hale, Floyd, Motley, Cottle, Childress, King, Dickens, Crosby, Lubbock, Hockley, Cockran, Yoakum, Terry, Lynn, Garza, Kent, Stonewall, Scurry, Fisher, Mitchell, Howard, Borden, Nolan, Dawson, Andrews, Midland, Martin, and portions of southeast New Mexico.
  • Partners with local and regional programs such as MHMR, Children's Homes, inpatient treatment centers, surrounding school districts, private counseling services, as well as direct referrals from parents, doctors, etc.
  • Contracts with local and regional licensed counselors to meet the needs of the clients.