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Matt D'Arrigo, CEO of A Reason to Survive, who received a $50,000 grant from the Rancho Santa Fe Women's Fund last year, was chosen as the Editor's Choice for the Best Non-Profit Leader.
Well done ladies. We always pick the best.
We had a lovely group go down to see the Tender Loving Canine Training program in action behind bars at Donovan Correctional Facility. Those who attended were Jeanne Norling, Sandra Coufal, Sandra Zarcades and her daughter, Sandy, and Gillian Gillies.
The group was met by Victoria Cavaliere and Karen Schultz of Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs (TLCAD) at the flag pole of the entrance to the prison. The Warden, Daniel Paramo, came out to meet us and joined us on the tour. Security was tight, we were not allowed to bring anything in but our identification and sunglasses, no phones or purses.
We walked through several 20-foot-high barbed wire fence gates that were controlled by the tower. We then moved to a yard that confined level three inmates. The prison was on lock down as they searched for weapons so the yard and cell areas were eerily quiet. We met in the chapel where eight prisoners met us with four service dogs in training along with three dog trainers from TLCAD. Each dog has two trainers, a lead and back-up. Each prisoner/dog trainer demonstrated the skills they had taught their dog such as fetch, sit, down, and tug. The tug skill is used to open drawers, refrigerators and doors.
The prisoner/dog trainers were so gentle and patient with the dogs as they gave commands and reinforced constantly with treats. Only positive reinforcement is used throughout the training program.
This is a remarkable program where both the prisoner, the recipient of the dog, staff at the prison as well as other prisoners all benefit from having dogs trained at the facility. The time to train a service dog is 6 months at a prison versus 18 months to 2 years outside a prison. The program hopes to expand to include more yards in the prison with the potential to train up to 30 dogs at a time.
Well done ladies for funding such a fabulous program!!
Here is an update of the details regarding the TLCAD prison tour on July 13 at 9:30AM
A carpool will meet at 8:00 AM on that morning at the Village Church in the South parking lot by the Fellowship Hall. The prison address appears in the email below.
If you plan to attend, please send Victoria Cavaliere the following information (or respond to this email by Monday. Also if you do send directly to Victoria, please copy me or otherwise let me know that you have sent her the required background information so I know who plans to attend).
Social Security number
You may also call her if you prefer not to send this information in an email.
However, PLEASE DO THIS BY END OF BUSINESS ON MONDAY, JUNE 27TH as she needs to send the information for background checks by the 28th.
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Subject: Re: Tour of TLCAD prison program
The prison is located at 480 Alta Rd, San Diego, CA 92179 right near the border off 125. The tour should be about an hour and I will need full names, DL numbers, birthdates, and social security numbers to provide the Community Resource Officer at RJD. He will be running background checks on all attendees. There is a dress code: no blue denim or dark green attire. Only a driver’s license should be brought in, photos are not allowed and all personal items (especially cell phones) should be left & locked in your car.
Victoria Cavaliere, KPA CTP
Tender Loving Canines Assistance Dogs, Inc.
Ofc: (858) 461-6827 | Direct: (858) 461-8603
The Coast News recognizes RSFWF Grant to Tender Loving Canine Assistance Dogs.
Read more here.
The RSF Women’s Fund recently received kudos from the Coast News in their June 10th edition featuring an article about one of our 2016 grant award programs. The RAFFY program at Miracosta was awarded $20,000 at the May 13th awards event. Click below to read the full article.
On May 18th, we present ed 8 non-profit organizations with grants. We gave away more than $250,000!! To date, we have awarded just under $3 Million in Grants.
In the Economic Development and Education focus group we are gave grants to the following:
Dress for Success- Suits to Self Sufficiency Program $10,000
Monarch School-Internship Program- $50,000
Reality Changers-College Town, College Apps Academy, The Alumni Network- $50,000
Tender Loving Canines- $21,438
In Youth Services, we fully funded the grants for the following organizations:
A Reason To Survive- Creating Vibrant Neighborhoods Initiative- $50,000
Eric Paredes- Save a Life Foundation $25,000
Girls Rising Mentor Program- $ 25,000
Mira Costa College Foundation-RAFFY-Resources and Assistance for Former Foster Youth- $20,000
Camp Give-A-Lot Grant Award Celebration, May 13, 2016
Courtesy of the Rancho Santa Fe Review
On May 18th, we will present 8 non-profit organizations with grants that we have spent a year reviewing. This is the culmination of all of the work we do all year and it is always really amazing. We will be giving away $250,000!!
Camp Give-A-Lot 2016 Pooled Fund Awards
May 18, 2016
Rancho Santa Fe Tennis Club
5:00pm to 7:00pm
February 2016 General Meeting with Ellen (Bomer) Karas
May 10, 2015 - RSF Review ‘The Great 2015 Grant
May 10, 2015 - RSF Review ‘The Great 2015 Grant
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