SCHULTZ FAMILY FOUNDATION SUPPORTS WCC EXPANSION
In August 2016, we were happy to receive support from the Schultz Family Foundation which will help us expand our operations. The two-year grant covers a number of areas, but its main focus is a “train the trainer” program which addresses a critical need for qualified trainers as WCC expands its programs and services. Eight Veterans or family members will be trained over two years, and at least four of them will be hired to work at WCC’s new locations.
The program is a critical component of WCC’s mission to add two new program locations per year for the next decade, and to deliver Mission Based Trauma Recovery (MBTR) services to more than 48,000 Veterans and their families across the United States by 2026.
During each one-year training period, the four participants will learn the skills needed to pursue a career as a service dog trainer. These skills are also intended to assist in the transition from military service to civilian life. At the end of each internship, WCC anticipates that graduates will serve as instructors for MBTR programs in new locations.
Three Veterans and one military spouse began their year-long program in WCC’s new Boyds, MD location at the end of August. During the next 12 months, a blend of classroom experience and hands-on instruction will provide them with all of the skills necessary to staff a satellite WCC location, including MBTR theory and implementation, basic dog training, community engagement, and puppy parent recruitment and program management.
“We are excited to begin this new program, and are extremely grateful to the Schultz Family Foundation for their continued recognition of the importance of Mission Based Trauma Recovery for members of our military and their families,” said Rick Yount, WCC founder and Executive Director.
“Through their ongoing support, the foundation is ensuring that there is a strong pipeline of service dog trainers ready to expand our mission. This, in addition to providing the opportunity for our participants to transition to new careers in the service dog industry, is creating a winning combination for everyone involved.”