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Jeff Legendre

Post Traumatic Stress and suicide are on the rise for First Responders. Programs such as Critical Incident Stress Debriefing teams are in place for first responders, but day to day responder stress has to be addressed in the fire station or police department.. The mission of the Bolton Fire Department is to have an assistance…

Jeffrey Zwearcan

They call me Jeff, and my current service dog is “The Dude.” We have just retired after thirty-five years of working for the State of Massachusetts. At fifteen years of age, Dude is no longer able to perform many helpful tasks which have helped me to maintain my independence, as I have been confined to a wheelchair for some time.

Jennie Gould

I am an Episcopal priest and Board Certified Chaplain, and have worked as one of the chaplains at Boston Medical Center (BMC) since 2002.  BMC is a safety net hospital; in other words, it accepts patients who are uninsured and under-insured.  Often the patients I visit are the people who inhabit the very margins of society. Our patients are struggling with a host of issues: limited or no English, poverty, food insecurity, homelessness, trauma, profound loss, and addiction.   Many appreciate a chaplain visit since the luxury of therapy or counseling isn’t an option for them. ..

Jennie Williams & Danny

Danny is a classroom dog who works every day at a therapeutic day school in Southeastern Massachusetts.  Danny initially came to the school to offer support to students in Kindergarten through grade 8.  Within weeks of coming to the school in August 2017, Danny was in high demand and working with students in all four schools in the building.  This includes students of all ages with multiple disabilities and challenges. 

Jennifer Thompson

I have dealt with chronic illness and I have also gone through the criminal justice system myself. I know firsthand what a NEADS dog can provide to those experiencing difficulties engaging with formal systems. For 10 years now, it has been a goal of mine to bring peace, comfort, and support to those experiencing trauma…

Jessica Lappin

I am Jessica Lappin from Norton, Massachusetts. I was born with a disability called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita (short for AMC). I’m very grateful that I got accepted into NEADS service dog program since I always wanted a dog when I moved to my own place. Last fall, I got my own apartment and it is…

Joanne Sykes

Joanne Sykes is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor working with close to 600 5th and 6th grade students in the Town of Falmouth, MA. She has worked as an educator, counselor, and mentor for over 16 years and has continued her own professional development, receiving a Masters of Emergency Management in 2017…

John Stuhl & DJ

DJ Has changed my life, made the mundane fun and every challenge we conquer taste even sweeter!!

Jordan Gouthro

Jordan is a 12 year old boy who loves baseball, football, and animals. He is a very sweet boy who struggles with autism, severe anxiety, ADHD and OCD, among other things. This makes everyday life very hard for him. Jordan has a very hard time in school, and also has difficulty with outside activities and making friends.

When we came for our interview at NEADS, Jordan’s whole demeanor changed and he was instantly calm. That’s when I knew we had to make this happen. Being matched with a NEADS Service Dog is going to be truly life changing for him.

Joseph Sala

It’s been a long time and a long way since being a daily runner and a passionate fan of classical music, even owning my own stereo components store. Hello everyone. My name is Joseph Sala. It has been for me a fortunate life having a number of varied and, I believe, successful careers. Toward the end of my career, I had an accelerated hearing loss that began to interfere with my life…

Katelynne Steinke & Jones

My name is Katelynne Steinke, and I am a 29 year old Paralympic hopeful, though truth be told I’m very close to the big 30. In November of 2008, I was in a car accident that severely injured my left leg. After two years of trying to salvage the limb, doctors made the decision to amputate above the knee. I immediately got involved with adaptive sports and worked for Spaulding Rehab in their adaptive sports programming. I applied for a dog in August 2016, and was matched with a male yellow lab named Jones.I’m very grateful for this amazing gift. Jones knows he is responsible for me, just as I am responsible for him.  I am safer because of him.

Kathleen Smith

My name is Kathleen Smith and I live in Oxford, MA  I have been an amputee since I was 11 years old from bone cancer. I always walked with an artificial limb and I was always very active I even climbed trees in my younger years. Almost 10 years ago I was matched with the wonderful service dog Lucy.  She made my life whole again and we went everywhere together.  She passed away February 26 2018, and now I am on the waiting list at NEADS for a new partner…

Kathryn Bruttomesso-Clarke

Kathryn Bruttomesso-Clarke has been fighting chronic illnesses for 17 years. When she was younger she was a pre-professional dancer who danced with the Donetsk Ballet of the Ukraine and with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She had to quit dancing because of the pain from her chronic illnesses. She attends Bard College at Simon’s Rock and aspires to be a doctor. She also enjoys painting and drawing; her art is available for sale. 

Kenneth Wright

My name is Ken Wright. I work as the School Resource Officer in Mansfield, MA. In Mansfield’s school district we have a population of students who struggle with social and emotional difficulties. We have wonderful students with kind hearts in Mansfield. It is my dream and my vision to provide support for these students throughout their school careers and their lives so that we can begin to get our children smiling again.

Kimberly Beshears & Suzie

Suzie is a specially trained Assistance Dog who reduces stress and anxiety in kids involved in legal proceedings. These young victims, often under the age of 12, are comforted through the tuff legal battles that follow the heinous crimes they have witnessed or been a victim to.  From attending court, being present at Juvenile Human…

Lani Baker

Hi everyone! My name is Lani Baker and I am a 16 year old from Vermont. When I was 18 months old I was diagnosed with Spinal Muscular Atrophy type 3 and have been in a wheelchair most of my life. Although I have walked, over the years my muscles have progressively gotten weaker and that has resulted in me using a power wheelchair all the time. Since I used to walk I have had the experience of being much more independent. Now I’m much less independent and need to rely on others frequently to help with everyday tasks. Having a NEADS Service Dog will help me be more independent in many different ways…

Lenore Lupie

Hey there. I’m Lenore and that’s Mo, my family dog. I am striving to get back my independence. To that end, I’m moving into my own adapted apartment. I will be living alone for the first time since I became a quad 4 years ago. I find my biggest challenge to be DROPPING things. This is the main task I need help with and accordingly is the main reason I want a dog.

Lindsay Curtius & Star

My name is Lindsay Curtius. I am an Education Specialist at San Diego Cooperative Charter School 2. In July 2016, I had the opportunity to fly from California to the NEADS campus in Massachusetts to meet and train with Star, SDCCS’ Assistance Dog for the Classroom…

Luis Jimenez

Hi, My name is Luis, I live in Texas and I am homeschooled!  Some of my favorite things to do are playing video games, play with transformers, Legos, and having fun with my family.I applied for a NEADS service dog and  recently got approved , right before I turned 16!!! and that means my Dog is now in training! …

Mary Bird

Hello, my name is Mary Bird. I am a Deaf person who uses American Sign Language, a mother to 2 boys.  Larkin (20) a Geography/Sustainable Energy major student at Salem State University, and Logan (soon to be 16), a Freshman at Bristol County Agricultural High School.