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Victory Service Dogs Inc

Helping disabled veterans, first responders and children with disabilities, gain an improved quality of life through the partnership of a loving service dog.

aka Victory Service Dogs   |   Colorado Springs, CO   |  victorysd.org

Mission

Victory Service Dogs is transforming the lives of disabled veterans, first responders & children with disabilities by creating and supporting certified service dog teams.

Ruling year info

2016

Founder/ CEO

Stephen Corey

Main address

770 Wooten Road Suite 103

Colorado Springs, CO 80915 USA

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Formerly known as

Steve Corey

EIN

47-4842139

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Animal Training, Behavior (D61)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The mission of Victory Service Dogs is to help veterans and first responders suffering from PTSD, TBI, MST, and other psychological or physical disabilities through the partnership with a loving service dog, so they can achieve a more fulfilling life of increased independence, purpose, and dignity. Our mission has expanded to include children who have disabilities, including but not limited to, diabetes, seizure disorders, and autism. Research has consistently proven that the bond between humans and canines is very powerful. Service dogs greatly improve the quality of everyday life for individuals with disabilities. Service dogs enable their handlers by helping them to cope with their disability, achieve improved mobility, and provide a sense of well-being.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Victory Service Dogs

We provide free service dog training classes to our local disabled veterans and first responders. We specialize in training for PTSD, TBI, MST and some mobility issues.

We also recently launched VictoryKids, our first children's service dog training program for children on the spectrum, with diabetes, seizure disorders and mental health needs. The program currently has a cost associated with it until we receive grant money to provide scholarships.

Population(s) Served
People with physical disabilities
People with psychosocial disabilities
Veterans
Emergency responders
Children

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of service dogs provided to veterans

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Veterans

Related Program

Victory Service Dogs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our primary goal is to help disabled veterans and first responders regain control of their lives with the help of a service dog. Many of our clients come to us because they are unable to afford a trained service dog, have been put on a multi-year waiting list to receive a service dog, or have been turned away by other organizations as they were labeled as a "high risk." These are the men and women who need help the most and need it as soon as possible. Our unique client-based training program cuts down on the wait-time to receive a dog as our clients enter the program with the animal and work under the guidance of a professional dog trainer to train their dog. This also provides another therapeutic outlet for our clients as being responsible for their dog provides them with a sense of purpose.

The new goal of the organization is to also provide service dogs and the necessary training for children with disabilities that impede their daily life. Working as a three-unit team: the child, a parent/guardian handler, and the dog attend training sessions that are tailored to their individual needs.

Our primary strategy is providing skilled dog trainers that have experience in working with individuals with physical and psychological disabilities. They know how to work with the client and the dog as a team - addressing both parties so that they can be successful.

We've also employed a part-time Behavioral Health Specialist to follow-up and be available for any of our clients who are struggling. They are also in charge of spearheading the new applicant reviews so that our team is well-informed and uniquely equipped to assist with anyone new coming into the program.

Our training facility, access to our trainers and classes are offered free of charge to our clients.

We schedule weekly training sessions so that clients may attend when they are able and we customize the dog training to fit each individuals unique needs.

We are happy to announce that we have, as of August 2021, graduated 93 service dog teams since our inception in 2015. We have also recently launched VictoryKids, our brand new children's program to provide service dog training to children on the spectrum, with diabetes, seizure disorders and other mental health needs. Our staff team is also growing, with the addition of our Behavioral Health Specialist and our Fundraising and Events Coordinator, both of whom are veterans and graduates of our service dog program.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 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 aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Victory Service Dogs Inc

Board of directors
as of 11/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephen Corey

Victory Service Dogs

Ken Morrow

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/28/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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