Friends For Folks & The Power Of Hope

Friends for Folks is about hope for people and animals who have lost hope. It’s about the power of love in healing and redemption.

Friends for Folks pairs “unadoptable” dogs from shelters and humane organizations with state correctional inmates educated as dog trainers. Over the course of about 11 weeks, the dogs become so well trained that they can be placed with special needs individuals and organizations.

The program is a win-win-win for the Friends” (the dogs), the “Folks” (new owners), and the inmates themselves.

In addition to the inmate dog training program, Friends for Folks has developed a separate program to help the children of inmates.

Friends for Folks is an all-volunteer organization that depends on donations for its programs.  To make a fully tax-deductible donation, click on our donate button!

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President: Joe Kernke

Vice President-Elect: Eric Franklin

Treasurer: Dr. Rosemarie Strong

Secretary: Marilyn Durbin

Board of Directors: Bo Cox, Dr. Lee Denney, Cheryl Engelaer, Sharon Heatly, Ron Pandos, Marva Perry, Gene Rainbolt, Susan Savage, Kris Steele, Dr. Harry Wright

Advisory Board: Lee Fairchild, Brad Henry, Greg Mellott, Ruth Steinberger, Dr. John Otto (Ex-Officio)