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September 19, 2010

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September 19, 2010

ECAD not only helps the disabled gain independence, but also makes an incredible difference in the lives of at-risk boys who learn to train the dogs. They have the opportunity to experience unconditional love and do something for someone less fortunate.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

observing the change in at-risk boys and seeing the interaction with disabled children and adults.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 18, 2010

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September 18, 2010

They run the gamit in the broad spectrum of disabilities they serve...physical disabilities of the blind and amputees to the emotional and phychological scars of America's heros...our military sons and daughters...to the young children suffering with islolating condition of autism....what better to bring these folks than the dignity of being self sufficant again, and even better the unconditional love of a dog!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am hoping and waiting to receive the gift of a service dog for my autistic son Nicholas.

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The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Awsome

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide dignity to an amazing amount of disabled persons.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 15, 2010
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September 15, 2010
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I have had the unique opportunity to watch ECAD evolve from the stepping stones of two people with a dream in a garage wearing the hats of founders, trainers, marketers, operators and executors placing four dogs a year, to establishing themselves within alternative schools systems, with a team of associates to support the dream, placing 15 dogs a year and making more and more milestones everyday. From the sidelines I have watched ECAD overcome hurdle after hurdle with the drive to succeed and make a difference in the lives of those who society has forgotten. The miracle of watching a person regain their independence, or those who were deemed "trouble makers" flourish to graduate high school and college, all of which is attributed to the involvement with ECAD. What was once a dream of two people, a husband and wife, a mother and father, a sister and brother, has now taken on a life of its own. This dream has become the dream of everyone they encounter, which is solely based on their compassion for others, and their selfless ability to never say "it-can't-be-done". ECAD is noted for saying, "For every dollar donated, for ever hour donated, three lives are changed." I can speak from experience, ECAD changes the lives so many more then the client, the dog, and the student. Being part of this organization as staff, volunteer, donor, sponsor, regardless of the hat the encounter wears, they will walk away touched, inspired, and benefited by the experience.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching the dreams of others come true, the clients gaining independance, the students feeling and providing unconditional love, the dogs knowing they will always be protected loved.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 15, 2010

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September 15, 2010

I've watched the full circle of ECAD -- from the puppies raised by children with special needs to the people served by these incredible canines. I have seen how the program transforms the children and help them gain confidence as they are transformed from service receivers to service providers. And I've seen the children and veterans -- who have so many challenges that may appear unsurmountable, until an ECAD enters their lives. They benefit from a lives with more independence and confidence, thanks to the dogs trained by the children of Green Chimneys and their other training facilities. It's a magical and transformational non-profit organization. Lu and Dale Picard's passion -- and their dedicated staff -- have made this program a winner for everyone involved with it.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ECAD transformed my foster child, teaching her patience & how to love and care for one of God's creatures. Her self-esteem grew & when she had to hand the dog she trained to a young boy with disabilities, she wasn't sad, but happy she made a difference.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the dedication to the clients and dogs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

caring and passionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Help millions of people.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 14, 2010
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September 14, 2010
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i am a combat oef veteran with physical and invisible wounds from my deployment to afghanistan. my army wounded warrior case manager took me for an interview after my application was received. the personal one on one provide to me and the interaction with 3 various types of service dogs is amazing. one can feel Lu and Barbara's sincerity and care they give of their selves for this wonderful organization.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

i have been accepted into their ecads program for a service dog and looking forward to it.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 14, 2010

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September 14, 2010

Rebel helped me so that I didn't have to be on monitors all the time. I love Rebel very much. Miss Lu is nice.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

ECAD helped me get my dog, Rebel.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

September 12, 2010

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September 12, 2010

I work with wounded Soldiers and Veterans from the Army who have both physical and psychological wounds. I met with ECAD after first hearing about service dogs and how they can assist with independence and overall well being for Veterans. The ECAD staff has worked with us in not only providing dogs for many of our Veterans in an amazingly short time. They have also helped many re-integrate back into a non-military world by giving them a new purpose and goals by encouraging them with jobs, training and most importantly a safe place to be. This is a great organization that not only provides a great service, but does it with such a caring manner and with such passion!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

by seeing how these great service dogs help Soldiers and Veterans.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 10, 2010

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September 10, 2010

My name is Shanee Blanton and I became a home handler for several of ECAD's service dogs. Before I started as a home handler, we had to go through a full day of training. A friend of mine has a service dog named Elli that she got from ECAD almost 10 years ago, so I know how much service dogs can help people. When I got a chance to volunteer as a home handler, I was very happy and a little bit nervous, because I wanted the dogs to be perfect. The training was hard, but I learned a lot about dogs, and by the end of the day, I felt more confident that I would be able to help with the training. My favorite two puppies were Dunkin and Wasabi. Dunkin was our first puppy, about 7 months old. Because we have a very small car and, of course, Elli, Dunkin had to sit halfway on my lap for the entire 20 mile trip back to the house. By the time he left us to go on to "college", Dunkin knew how to walk well on a leash, work with distactions, turn the lights off and on, and of course, retrieve any object we needed. Even though Dunkin was a puppy himself, he was so good and patient with my 18 month old so, who is a little rough when petting him. Dunkin has graduated and is with a loving family, and I'm sure he makes one half of a great team. Wasabi was another one of my favorites. To get her used to being around a lot of people, she would sit outside with me and my son when school let out, playing "watch me" as hundreds of people walked past the house. She LOVED to get the phone, and would bring it to you right away. When someone rang the doorbell here, I taught her not to bark. It didn't take long to teach her because she is so smart. We're hoping to start working as home handlers again soon. In the meantime, we still have Elli here to give us some "puppy love."

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing how Elli helps Jeanie around the house and in the stores. I used to like to watch Elli get Jeanie's wheelchair through the snow. She was so strong back then. I know that the dogs I helped with will be able to help other people like Jeanie.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Move them closer to our home!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Learning how to train the dogs.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

excellent. They were always nice and very helpful.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

buy property in New York state and build kennels and a larger, centralized training center there. They could hire more staff and reduce the cost of obtaining a service dog.

Ways to make it better...

we didn't have to drive for an hour to get there.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

they need more volunteers and money.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 10, 2010
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September 10, 2010
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ECAD is a wonderful organization. Everyone involved is there because they really care and are willing to do whatever is needed to make the organization succeed. Dogs receive excellent training and lots of love and attention so they can one day help someone with physical, social or emotional difficulties. They are trained by at-risk teens who learn dog training as a skill, but more importantly, they learn confidence, consistency and love. Seeing the pride on the faces of the kids is only surpassed by the client's expression of joy on graduation day. After rigorous training, the client feels more capable and independent as they go out into the world with their new best friend. I cry at every graduation when I see it come together for everyone involved.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my everyday life. They are an inspiration that if you really believe in something and are willing to work hard, you can make a difference.

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

September 9, 2010
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September 9, 2010
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ECAD is like the little engine that could. In a time when companies are struggling to make it, ECAD is continuing to grow and strive toward bigger and better things, without losing the Mom and Pop attention to detail and knowing the people they serve.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

helping to place service dogs with clients and working with the at risk youth that help to train the dogs.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

seeing how a dog can completely change a persons life.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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