December 20th – 12 Days of Comfort and Joy
Remember, during the “12 Days Of Comfort and Joy” all donations IN ANY AMOUNT will be matched by the Giant Steps Foundation AND be tax deductible! If you’re inspired, please make a donation today!
Over the last couple years we’ve been contacted by several former inmates from FCI Sandstone where we had a component of our prison program from 2011 -2014. Some of them have taken up jobs working as dog trainers for well known companies and one for an NGO which runs a dog shelter abroad. All have expressed thanks for having the opportunity to grow personally and put their prison time to good use. Prior to leaving FCI Sandstone, the inmates there completed a self-assessment and program assessment…a couple examples we share here:
“I love this program, it has taught me so much about who I am as a person now. This program has changed my life in here. I’m thankful that the dogs I worked with allowed me to be a part of their lives from the puppy – stage to their adult lives. Thank you Mrs Ball for trusting us for a while to train your dogs. We as inmates are stereotyped because of what got us in here in the first place. So once again thank you, thank you from my heart as well as the dogs I’ve worked with.(sic)”
Your continued support of PawPADs helps us to keep our Prison Road Puppies program moving forward. In addition to discussions with some Minnesota correctional facilities, we recently traveled to Mongolia at the invitation of the US State Department and the US Embassy Mongolia and consulted with the Ministry of Justice and Social Affairs about a assisting in the development of a Prison Road Puppies program there and provide support to the dogs trained in our program.
Inmates in the program learned to train and care for the service dogs in-training who lived with them. The inmates developed life skills such as emotional and social competence, leadership and communication skills, work ethic, increased levels of responsibility, empathy, and emotional regulation. In some cases, this was the first time in their lives they’d had this opportunity.
These programs is one of the most constructive life changing programs any inmate! Or staff member could be a part of! I’ve been involved in approx. 3 different other programs, earned 6-70 certificates of achievement. This is most rewarding/life altering – personal growth [program in prison or on the street any one could get involved in. It goes to the core of humanity / learning [?] Self-growth. Is great. It humanized everyone involved to new levels. (sic)