Bridges and Pathways of Courage encompasses
the projects of Sr. Pauline Quinn OP.
She dedicated her life as a Dominican nun to helping others through the following programs:
· Prison Dog Program: helping inmates become "other centered" by training dogs for the disabled thus giving back while learning a vocation.
· Providing Hope for Children: The Font Preparatory School is helping children in Uganda to have a better life through education.
· And many other projects and missions thought he life.
Since Sister's passing in March 2020
our mission is to maintain her legacy of
love and helping others.
In 1981 the first prison dog started in Washington State at the
Washington state Institution for Women.
There are now programs all over the United States,
Canada, Argentina and other countries.
The program helps inmates learn how to become 'other' centered as well as giving them training for future employment after they are released.
To warehouse inmates, punish them and then throw them back out into the community without ways to help retrain them to do something positive with their lives does not help rebuild damage lives but rather it builds more anger and disrespect toward authorities.
We hope that all prison dog programs will base their programs on mutual respect and dignity, where love is the focus...
more than control and intimidation.
If you want people to return to society, focused on being better persons, then the ingredient of love needs to be included; rules to be followed but with compassion and understanding. This is also true for training the dogs, love, compassion and rules always works better than control and intimidation.
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