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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…

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…