BluePath receives $5,000 grant from the Hyde and Watson Foundation

The Hyde and Watson Foundation was incorporated on January 14, 1983, through the consolidation of The Lillia Babbitt Hyde Foundation and The John Jay and Eliza Jane Watson Foundation.

Lillia Babbitt Hyde devoted her life to many charitable causes, including the arts, medical research, education, and health care. John Jay and Eliza Jane Watson were an extremely philanthropic couple, supporting organizations with missions dedicated to religion, education and social services.

BluePath is the proud recipient of a $5,000 grant from The Hyde and Watson Foundation.  The funding will support office equipment and database management, and we are extremely grateful for the Foundation's generosity. 

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November 28, 2017: #GivingTuesday

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Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

On November 28, your contribution to BluePath will have twice the impact! The Pedowitz family will match all gifts made – up to $10,000! 

Join us for this global movement - your support will help us unlock life’s potential.

Thank you for joining us on this path.

Prefer to give through the mail?  Checks can be made payable to BluePath Service Dogs and sent to: 8 Country Club Road.  Hopewell Junction, NY 12533.  Please indicate "Giving Tuesday" on the memo line so it counts towards our match!  

On World Kindness Day

by Anne Garretson

When rain gently falls, each little drop forms a circle as it hits the water. Whether it falls on a puddle, a pond, stream or ocean, the circle ripples out. Each one intersects with another and another. One little raindrop lands and suddenly is part of a greater body of water, sustaining itself in a new way.

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For me, Miller is that raindrop. JP, Chelsea, Sammy, Pearl, Mary, Shiloh, Benni, Roxy, Lakota, Chester, Coal and all the BluePath puppies to come, all raindrops. I guess that makes us puppy raisers the first circle around each of the drops. Jody, Caroline, Michelle, Kate, Erica, the loads of other volunteers, the board of directors, the donors, each one is another circle surrounding and rippling out from each puppy. Together we sustain the children who are served by each pup.

Or is it the other way around? Each child is the raindrop. Their families encircle them. A new service dog joins their circle and the ripples expand. The aunts and uncles, kids at school, clerks in stores, flight attendants on a trip to Disney, total strangers drawn to a child and a dog, another person drawn to BluePath, another family living with a child on the spectrum seeing that life’s potential truly can be unlocked… each is another circle rippling from a single child.  A greater body is formed, sustaining us all in a new way.

Kindness is synonymous with the gentle BluePath rain. Puppy raisers hear ‘thank you’ a lot, yet we are the grateful ones. The families that receive our pups open a door into their lives and reach out to us. They love the same pup we have loved. They invite us to know them. They let us watch their child grow. They give us the precious gift of inviting us to be part of their journey – of their path.

Every professional and each volunteer gives us their heart and soul. They nurture us in a million ways. They’re proud of the same pups that have made us proud to raise them. They’re in love with the same children we call our most special gift of all. They make it possible for us to see the awesome power of these dogs to make the world a little kinder. Each of us involved with BluePath is a little drop gently forming a great big BluePath sea. We ripple out to one another, we intersect and we become an ocean of kindness, sustaining the world in a new way.

A BluePath Pup-Date

Twelve puppies are on the journey to become BluePath service dogs. Click on their photo to learn more about these special pups; we're incredibly proud of them - and thankful for their amazing puppy raisers! (To view their stories, click on the dog and hover your curser over the image. On mobile devices, click the white dot at the bottom right corner of of the screen when you click on a photo.)

Our First Van Hits the Highway!

We're thrilled to introduce BluePath's first van, a 2017 Dodge Caravan SE. The van will travel around the eastern seaboard visiting raisers and clients - and raising awareness for BluePath's important mission. We are infinitely grateful for the generosity of Team Michelangelo, founded by Cathy Capasso and Steve Sprague, which provided the funding to allow us to purchase the vehicle. Additional support for the van was provided by the Kellie Duggan Foundation. 

Thank you to designer Paul Rubino; his fabulous artwork makes our vehicle impossible to miss. Last but certainly not least, it's stunning BluePath puppy Roxy whose image adorns the sides; thank you to puppy raiser Melissa Davis for her beautiful photography.  

Save the date - Team Michelangelo's 9th Annual Charity Car and Motorcycle Show will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2018! 

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A special congratulations

Congratulations to our co-founder, Michelle Brier, who has been recognized by Bedford Magazine as one of the  "25 most influential people in Bedford"! Michelle was honored in the recently published article "The Bedford 25 of 2017: Most Dedicated, Most Creative, Most Influential." BluePath is so very proud for all that she does for our community.  Her dedication to empowering people to achieve all that they can has an enormous impact well beyond the borders of Bedford, New York. Congratulations, Michelle! 

Please click here to read the full article.

 

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BluePath announces new addition to the team!

Erica Stanzione, BluePath

We are pleased to welcome Erica Stanzione as Director of Marketing & Development. Erica will oversee the strategic and operational efforts of BluePath’s development initiatives and foster relationships with individuals, foundations, and corporations to support our life-changing work. 

Prior to her current role, Erica was the Director of Communications and Partnerships at the Alliance for Safe Kids where she was responsible for raising awareness and funds in support of drug and alcohol prevention. In the past, she served as the Events and Marketing Manager at Guiding Eyes for the Blind.

Erica began her career at the Jorge Posada Foundation where she fell in love with the nonprofit sector.  She received her BS in Psychology from Mount Saint Mary College and her MS in Nonprofit Management and Philanthropy from Bay Path University. 

BluePath receives $4,000 grant from Hope For Youth Foundation

Hope For Youth is dedicated to facilitating positive change in the lives of children, adolescents and families. The organization provides stable, nurturing, residential care, foster care, preventive and out-patient programs which educate, motivate and empower individuals to become self-sufficient and achieve their full potential.

BluePath is the proud recipient of a $4,000 grant from the Hope For Youth Foundation.  We are extremely grateful for the Foundation's support of our mission. 

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BluePath receives $10,000 grant from Carvel Foundation

The late Thomas Carvel founded the soft ice cream brand, Carvel, in 1936. In the mid 1930s, he borrowed $15 from his future wife, Agnes, to sell ice cream from his truck. He later sold ice cream from a store and ultimately franchised the brand.  

The Thomas and Agnes Carvel Foundation is the family's ongoing commitment to philanthropy in our communities, and we are proud to be the beneficiary of a $10,000 grant.  The Foundation's support will assist us in fulfilling our mission - to provide service dogs to children with autism, offering safety, companionship and opportunities for independence.  

We are deeply grateful for the Foundation's support.  

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Puppy Raising and Compassion

by Anne Garretson

“Will it be hard to give Miller back?” 

I get asked this question on a pretty regular basis.  I consider answering in a spiritual way, but I know I would see some people nod without understanding, and I’d see some eyes simply glaze over.  I was raised in a faith I only minimally adhere to, but the foundation remains my outlook on the world. I could take part in many religious rituals and not feel the same wholeness that comes from raising my BluePath pup.

My daily dose of religion comes from god spelled backwards. It’s this puppy who’s fun to watch as he plays and explores, who wants to be with me, at this point, more than any other person; who serves my need to be needed. It’s the immense love in the BluePath family; proudly spreading the word about the work we do, showing off this phenomenal puppy and always keeping the end goal in mind.

Imagine how much distrust, divisiveness and jealously we’d eliminate in the world if everyone traveled the kind of path to fulfillment a puppy raiser is traveling. If I had perfect clarity of mind every time I’m asked a giving-up-the-puppy question, I would be able to share how much puppy raising helps me look at people differently and with more compassion.

Recently I was at a highway truck stop where I kept my eye on a scruffy-looking man leaning on his beater-car; he sent up all my warning-danger flags. I hung out at my car and let Miller stretch his legs. He let his dog out for a stretch, too. Get ready, I thought… he’s about to use his unruly dog as an opening to try to invade my personal safety zone. I prepared for his dog to start barking or lunging at Miller, but no. His dog sat perfectly by his side and watched us. The man went back to making phone calls and I could overhear his conversations.

He was out of gas, had forgotten his wallet at home and was stuck there in the middle of nowhere. Everyone he knew was at least two hours away. Each conversation ended with, “That’s ok, I’ll figure something out. I love you too.” Meanwhile the dog had leaned up against the man’s legs and the comfort that motion gave the man was palpable. It triggered visions of Miller and his future partner- and it elicited a desire to offer him some help. 

He was shocked when I reached out to him, and then profoundly thankful.  It felt good to pay for his tank of gas, and even better to let go of my initial judgments of him.  I’m grateful that Miller helped me get to that place.  We develop meaningful bonds with these dogs, but equally as important are the connections they help us make with the world around us.

Will it be hard to say goodbye? Absolutely. But knowing that a child’s life will be so deeply enhanced by Miller’s presence makes it worth it… tenfold.  In the meantime, I’m enjoying every bit of this journey.