After moving to Seattle to pursue a coffee career in 2017, Kaya realized there was a horse shaped (and sized) hole in her new life. She stumbled upon SAFE online and immediately started volunteering. Kaya soon learned of the horsemanship program and was so impressed, she decided to learn all she could about this method of working with horses. While pursuing this knowledge and skill set, Kaya worked as the Retail Manager for a nonprofit coffee company that trains young adults who are experiencing homelessness to be baristas. Through this experience, she learned a lot about working with people from all backgrounds and honed her teaching skills. She became a full time employee at SAFE in September 2020. Kaya spends her days at SAFE running the barn and caring for the horses. She also manages the maintenance and upkeep of the 11 acre facility that SAFE calls home.