Dogs for the Deaf receives national workplace honor

Dogs for the Deaf has landed in the Top 50 best places to work, according to a publication that serves nonprofit agencies.

The NonProfit Times voted the organization 40th overall, and 14th for organizations with 15-49 employees.

"Dogs for the Deaf is truly honored to be included among this group of nonprofit leaders," General Manager Vaughn Maurice said in a news release.

Located the foot of Lower Table Rock in Central Point, Dogs for the Deaf was the first organization to create a hearing dog training center. They now also train and place autism assistance dogs and program assistance dogs.

All the dogs in the programs are rescued from shelters, then trained and placed with qualified clients throughout the United States with different disabilities, challenges and needs.

Each nonprofit provided information on such areas as benefits and employment practices. Employees were given a confidential survey of statements with which they could agree or disagree covering eight general categories: Leadership and Planning, Corporate Culture and Communications, Role Satisfaction, Work Environment, Relationship with Supervisor, Training and Development, Pay and Benefits, and Overall Employee Engagement.

"Our most valuable asset is our talented staff and I am pleased that we have been recognized for our efforts to reward and encourage them," Maurice said.

People can visit and learn more about the organization by taking a free tour of the facility Monday through Friday at 11 a.m. or 1 p.m., except holidays. For more information, visit or call 1-800-990-DOGS (3647).

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