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D. Monique Stefens

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Review for Animals As Natural Therapy, Bellingham, WA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I have worked with ANT by coordinating work experiences for area youth, who performed various tasks at ANT. Through this role over the past two years I have heard youth describe feeling empowered to embrace their past emotional scars as opportunities to share compassion and maturity, as volunteers and as clients. Sonja Wingard exudes kindness while providing structure and enlightening experiences; she and her staff gently guide clients through situations where they discover themselves as capable, contributing parts of interactions and our community. ANT has my highest recommendation as a place to heal wounds and celebrate one's unique gifts.

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

...watching volunteers mature as they develop work maturity in a positive, structured environment. I have also talked with clients and their families about the life-changing epiphanies that occured as a direct result of their experiences at ANT.

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

... hope to see more consistent funding for ANT so they can focus their time and energy on their program and community outreach.

Role:  General Member of the Public & I coordinated paid work experiences for youth that performed work at ANT.