Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, a program of The Ability Center, has partnered with Gus Harrison Correctional Facility in Adrian, Michigan. The partnership will support our mission of training and placing service and therapy dogs to help individuals with disabilities. Inmates at the facility will assist in training the dogs throughout their two-year training process.
"Part of the mission of the Michigan Department of Corrections is “Offender Success,” so by having this partnership with The Ability Center we are truly promoting and encompassing that in each offender that is part of this program. Offenders are gaining skills that will set them up for success when they reenter into society, including responsibility, accountability and dependability. Also, the offenders are able to give back to the community by training these dogs that will eventually be paired with someone with a disability. Overall it is a win-win situation and we couldn’t be happier with our partnership." - Steve Kindinger, Warden’s Administrative Assistant