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RETRIEVING FREEDOM, INC

Where some see limitations, we bring opportunities!

Sedalia, MO   |  www.retrievingfreedom.org

Mission

Retrieving Freedom, Inc. is a nonprofit organization who is changing lives through the training and placement of service dogs for Veterans with disabilities and children with Autism. Retrieving Freedom, Inc. promotes public awareness through education, showcasing the talents these dogs have to allow a new degree of independence in their partner's lives.

Ruling year info

2012

CEO

Wayne Richardson

Main address

20360 Tangle Nook Road

Sedalia, MO 65301 USA

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EIN

45-3282513

NTEE code info

Animal Related Activities N.E.C. (D99)

Services to Promote the Independence of Specific Populations (P80)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Our Facilities

Retrieving Freedom, Inc. (RFI) currently operates out of two state-of-the-art facilities. The first opened in Waverly, Iowa in 2015, and the brand-new headquarters facility opened in Sedalia, Missouri in 2020. Both facilities were designed with our clientele in mind; all areas are handicap-accessible and were created for comfort.
When you visit one of our facilities, you will see large training rooms. These rooms are where the professional training staff work numerous dogs each day on specific tasks that will better enhance a client’s life.
Next, you will find our housing quarters. The shared living and kitchen spaces are surrounded by three dormitories for clients to utilize when training at our facilities. They have queen sized beds and handicap-accessible bathrooms for clients who are traveling or needing to train overnight with their future service animal.
Lastly, our kennel area is where dogs are housed after-hours, as well as a place for them to rest between training sessions.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Children
Caregivers

The mission of Retrieving Freedom is to change lives through the training and placement of service dogs for Veterans with disabilities and children with Autism. Each dog is trained to meet the needs of their specific recipient.
Service dogs can aid Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injuries (TBI), and physical limitations. Oftentimes at RFI, we hear stories of Veterans not feeling comfortable in public. To assist with symptoms of PTSD, service dogs can perform positional commands, lining their body on certain sides of the veterans’ body, providing them with a buffer between themselves and strangers. If a Veteran struggles with nightmares, service dogs can turn on a light or wake the Veteran up in a calm manner. Service dogs are able to retrieve objects for Veterans with limited mobility, such as keys, wallet, phone, their leash, and more. They can push a handicap button to open a doorway for their recipient and tug doors closed behind them.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
People with disabilities

The mission of Retrieving Freedom is changing lives through the training and placement of service dogs for Veterans with disabilities and children with Autism. Each dog is trained to meet the needs of their specific recipient. These service animals provide non-judgmental companionship and unconditional love 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
To aid with Autism, service dogs are trained to lay across the child’s lap and provide pressure therapy during times of high anxiety or overstimulation. For children who have a tendency to bolt, they can be physically tethered to the service dog. When there is pressure and tugging on the tether, the dog knows to lay down and act as an anchor, preventing the children from fleeing. The service dog is a natural social bridge, can make a child feel more comfortable sleeping in their own bed, and is a constant in a child’s ever-changing environment. The special bond that develops is therapeutic for these children.

Population(s) Served
Children
People with disabilities

To train the best quality Service Dog, we partner with groups who have an impact on the Service Dog’s training, while the dog has an impact on their lives. Each dog can impact over 100 individuals throughout their training. Here are some specific Impact Programs we are proudly involved with:
Teacher Foster Program: Local teachers take Service-Dogs-in-Training (SDiT) to their classroom and expose them to experiences they would not get outside of a school while using the dog as an educational device.
College Programs: Partnering with local universities, students are matched with a SDiT and become the students’ constant companions, training throughout their daily lives. During this time, students are learning about disability awareness and the Service Dog industry.
Prison Programs: We partner with two correctional facilities where 40 inmate handlers work with SDiT on specific tasks and general obedience. These programs have shown to lower recidivism rates with handlers who participate.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Incarcerated people
Students
Victims of crime and abuse
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Assistance Dogs International 2015

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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RETRIEVING FREEDOM, INC

Board of directors
as of 01/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Al Hogen

No Affiliation

Term: 2020 -

Rene Massey

Al Hogen

Bobby Hayden

Robert Russell

Keri Uzpen

Kyle Herrick

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/31/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

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