Jointly overseen by Executive Director Wendy Crann, Director of Operations - Central Ohio, Rodney Houghton, MANCI Unit Manager Jason Michel and MANCI Sgt. Russell Totman, Mansfield Correctional Institution will be the first level three prison within the state of Ohio to host the W.A.G.S. 4 Kids’ Accredited Apprenticeship Service Dog Training Program. The MANCI Program will complement W.A.G.S. 4 Kids’ mission to empower local children with disabilities by custom task-training service dogs that provide therapeutic, emotional and physical support for children with disabilities and their families.
Inmate participants will receive no compensation from W.A.G.S. 4 Kids.
Following the August 23rd launch, staff trainers will be onsite weekly starting August 30th, 2017. Each participating inmate has already undergone a multi-phase interview process and will have to work together and follow strict guidelines in order to retain program participation privileges. Like the organization’s other centers, the MANCI Program will be evaluated annually.
Details about Working Animals Giving Service for Kids and how to support fundraising efforts for the MANCI Program are available online at www.wags4kids.org.
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