Son Care Foundation

Fostering hope, empowering and saving lives with practical mentorship and the healing power of the human-canine bond

aka Alpha Academy & New Life K9s   |   San Luis Obispo, CA   |  www.soncarefoundation.org

Mission

Alpha Academy is a christian-based, 6 month long mentoring program designed to give students a break from their regular life and guide them toward a better path. New Life K9s is training service dogs for Veterans and First Responders with PTSD. The dogs will be provided at no cost to the recipient. We partner with California State Prisons where inmates are taught to teach the service dogs. This program is saving the lives of Veterans, First Responders, and also inmates' lives by giving them a new sense of purpose.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Mr. Jack Gould

Main address

PO Box 4412

San Luis Obispo, CA 93403 USA

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EIN

75-2547239

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

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Alpha Academy

At Alpha Academy we help our students create a "map" for their lives. A student s map takes into account: 1) where his life is now, 2) where he would like to go, 3) what road he must take to get there, and 4) the vehicle he must use (college, vocational school, etc.). When a student leaves Alpha, he has a clear destination, and is already taking steps toward that goal. Alpha consists of a work program, leadership training, and one-on-one mentoring. Our work program has several projects designed to teach work values, and also to allow our students to experience many different types of work. We currently have an 80-dog boarding/daycare facility, a vehicle sales business, and 10 acres of agricultural fields. Leadership training and mentoring give our students the opportunity to develop positive life skills. Our aim is not to develop men who can simply take care of themselves; we want to help these men become strong leaders in the home, the community, and the workplace. Alpha s campus is located on a 40-acre ranch in San Luis Obispo; CA. Our capacity is 6 students, who share a 4-bedroom home.

Population(s) Served

New Life K9s teaches service dogs for Veterans and First Responders with PTSD. They are provided to veterans and first responders at no charge. The program also provides rehabilitation to incarcerated individuals at California State Prisons through service dog training programs.

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Son Care Foundation

Board of directors
as of 10/14/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jack Gould

Son Care Foundation, Inc.

Karen Gould

Son Care Foundation, Inc.

Winthrop Schaefer

Retired Medical Services Manager

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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No