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Robbie Matthew’s Bio Robbie Matthews is the Executive Director of Broken Alabaster Ministries, Inc. (BAM). Miracle Meadows Youth Ranch is a program of BAM, in which Ms. Matthews uses the horses and goats on her ranch to combine art mentoring and equine therapy as an outreach tool for inner city youth. She previously worked for the largest family homeless shelter in the region. Ms. Matthews has been involved with low-income families, homeless and formerly homeless children in horseback riding and rodeo training by a professional award-winning cowboy. Ms. Matthews has trained with Crystal Peaks Youth Ranch in Bend, Oregon and is certified through the Equine Assisted Growth and Learning Association (EAGALA), which allows her to use her horses for psychotherapy. EAGALA is a mental health session which allows the client to self-solve their issues with a mental health specialist and an equine specialist. Ms. Matthews uses salvaged materials to create clothing, jewelry and other art, in which a part of the proceeds of the repurposed items goes toward servicing the program. Just like her art pieces, she teaches individuals in the program that they are treasures and not “throwaways”. She uses both art and equine therapy to teach them creative ways to discover their purpose and plan for their lives. Prior to attending Cedar Crest College, Ms. Matthews was a self-taught collage artist who was primarily influenced by her mother who is a Fine Arts Major and an interior designer. Ms. Matthews is currently in the Master’s Program at Cedar Crest College, pursuing a degree in Art Therapy.

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