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By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / November 29, 2017
Help Friends for Folks spread the power of "changing lives by helping others" with your gift to our Newman's Own Holiday Challenge.

A matching gift from Paul Newman's foundation is possible if you will help Friends for Folks raise $10,000 in this Challenge.

  • How does Friends for Folks spread the power of "changing lives by helping others?"
    Imagine you are a dog who has never known kindness, sitting in a shelter, knowing you will never be adopted and that your next stop is euthanasia. 
  • Imagine you are a prisoner who has never made a positive contribution to society, sitting in a correctional facility with no hope for your future. 
  • Imagine you are a veteran with PTSD, a frail elderly individual, or someone suffering mental health challenges, feeling isolated from society. 

Now, imagine a program that allows the power of helping others to positively change the lives of the dog, the prisoner, and the special needs individual. That program is Friends for Folks, a highly successful Oklahoma initiative that allows prisoners in our men's and women's correctional facilities to train abandoned and abused dogs as companion animals for special needs men and women. 




 

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By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / November 17, 2017
Pets Helping People, founded in 2009, provides incarcerated women with the skills they need for a lucrative career in the pet industry. Women learn to become a certified kennel tech, bather/brusher, groomer or office manager. Since our founding, nearly 200 women have graduated and 93% are still working in the grooming industry. Graduates earn certificates through the International Professional Groomers Association to ensure they are qualified for jobs. Today, 93% of our graduates are still working in the grooming industry. Certified pet care workers can earn nearly $30,000 their first year alone, which only increases over time.

The self-sufficiency and pride that comes with employment makes a difference: The Oklahoma Department of Corrections reports the state recidivism rate for women is 13.3%, yet among our graduates, it is less than five percent! The Oklahoma Department of Corrections and Oklahoma Career Tech have publicly praised PHP as the "best program of its kind" because it is proving to reduce recidivism rates. PHP is helping end the inter-generational cycle of poverty and incarceration that has become all too common in Oklahoma.

Learn More: www.Muddy-Paws.org


By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / February 3, 2016

Oklahoma Puppy Express is a nonprofit group that assists the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. When dogs are brought to the shelter, they are quarantined for an incubation period to check for diseases. If the dogs are declared disease-free by a veterinarian, they are then available for adoption.

It seems that Oklahoma has a surplus of dogs and if there is no home for them, they will be euthanized. When a group of concerned citizens discovered this, they explored the feasibility of transporting dogs to other states where homes are available for them — and thus the Oklahoma Puppy Express was born.

With donations and volunteer support, at risk dogs and puppies are transported from kill shelters in Oklahoma, to cities with a genuine need for dogs and puppies to adopt. The puppy express van has made man runs down the interstate chock full of lovable animals on their way to new homes.

Oklahoma Puppy Express is a Fiscal Sponsorship of Communities Foundation of Oklahoma  

By Communities Foundation of Oklahoma / December 10, 2015

Friends for Folks is about hope for people and animals who have lost hope. It’s about the power of love in healing and redemption. Friends for Folks pairs “unadoptable” dogs from shelters and humane organizations with state correctional inmates educated as dog trainers. Over the course of 11 weeks, the dogs become so well trained that they can be placed with special needs individuals and organizations.

Funding for a new facility at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center is nearing completion. In fact, they’ve already started construction on a new building dedicated to the prison’s dog training program for offenders.

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Friends for Folks is a Fiscal Sponsorship of Communities Foundation of Oklahoma


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