Episode 67: Jillian Ashton of Indiana Canine Assistant Network

“Once we show gratitude, we often emerge out of our own pain and suffering.”

Jillian Ashton and the Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN) are taking the saying “man’s best friend” to the next level. Through the process of training and placing service dogs, ICAN connects two groups in need: those living with disabilities and offenders wanting to successfully reintegrate back into the workforce after release. This dual mission is achieved by selecting incarcerated adults to be full time trainers responsible for taking care of future service dogs. After training is complete, the dogs are paired with clients in need of their specific skill sets.

Vicki and Kathy talk with Jillian to learn more about how ICAN’s unique programming came to be and why the organization has grown to find incredible success. Jillian shares why she was called to become ICAN’s president and introduces Vicki and Kathy to Jim Dandy, her latest trainee. Listen in to hear amazing success stories about both offenders and service dog clients, and to learn how you can help support ICAN’s mission.


Who’s Taking Care in Community this week:
TriMedx Foundation

Since 2004, TriMedx Foundation has been committed to raising the standard of healthcare for communities in need. By working with medical mission organizations, the foundation provides support related to patient and hospital staff safety, services to help maintain the necessary equipment desperately needed for medical care and assistance with general maintenance projects to impoverished communities around the world.

TriMedx Foundation also partners with U.S. based Medical Surplus Recovery Organizations (MSRO) to prepare and repair medical equipment for international shipment to developing countries. Funded solely through generous donations from corporations, healthcare providers and other members of the community, the TriMedX Foundation has grown to make a global impact.

Learn more about TriMedx Foundation by visiting www.trimedxfoundation.org.

Taking Care in Community is brought to you by The National Bank of Indianapolis