K9s- 4- Mobility, helping people and puppies
CHEYENNE, Wyo (Wyoming News Now) – Sometimes an office workout can be boring, but sometimes it can be adorable, especially when it’s for a good cause.
K-9s-4-Mobility is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2012. In Cheyenne she trains service dogs for people with physical disabilities.
The training includes guide dogs for the visually impaired, service dogs for people with physical disabilities and school dogs for therapists who work with children with multiple disabilities.
So far, K9s-4-Mobility has set up 38 assistance dog teams.
Today they are teaching a workshop at Jonah Bank on how to respectfully deal with people with physical disabilities, who you see and whom you cannot see.
“When Jonah Bank was founded 15 years ago, we promised we would be great at service. One of the codes of the West is, “If you make a promise, keep it.” I know of no better way to show community and become better at service than by understanding how to better serve and welcome people with disabilities, ”said Michele DeHoff, Culture Officer at Jonah Bank
The training gives people the opportunity to see disability and service from a different perspective.
To give you the opportunity to move around a room in a wheelchair or blindfolded in order to establish a certain relationship with a person with a disability.
“We just don’t know how to treat someone respectfully when they’re different, so we just try to educate people in a fun way,” said Michelle Woerner, CEO of K9s-4-Mobility.
Jonah Bank is helping to provide funding for the k9-4 mobility teams and training.
“We don’t really talk about assistance dogs in this training, but here comes our experience from working with many different people with disabilities. But everyone who needs a certain accommodation just knows how to best ask them how they can help, ”said Wörner.
In order to keep the prices for services low, K9s-4-mobility is organizing a fundraising event entitled “All Jazzed up in the Park” in the Lions Park Amphitheater on Thursday from 6pm to 8pm.
The event is free and donations are welcome. There’s live jazz, a food truck, and puppies in a playpen.
“I would like every employer to invite K9s-4-Mobility to their workplace to support this training, because if we are all better trained in this regard, then we are simply a better community, aren’t we? be great for our people in Cheyenne who live with disabilities, ”said DeHoff.
K9s-4- Mobility is also looking for volunteers and puppy breeders, but is warning that puppies will be returned after 1 year to be trained for their assigned individual with disabilities.
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