When Eugene and Lucille Peters began to research a cause to name in their trust, two things led them to Guide Dogs of America: their mutual love of dogs and Lucille’s decades-old memory of her co-worker, whose son was blind.
“It just hit our hearts,” said Lucille Peters. “We love dogs and we know how important they are to blind people. We wanted to find a good organization to put in our trust. It’s not a lot of money, but we know that any amount will help to make a difference. We felt GDA was very worthy. They are providing such a blessing to the blind men and women who come to the school.”
The Peters, both in their 90s, became Partners in Trust in 2003. They have never visited the school, but feel they have learned so much about GDA from reading the materials and watching the school’s video. “I had no idea how much training both the dog and the blind partner must have to become a successful guide dog team,” said Mrs. Peters.
She also spreads the word about GDA to residents of the retirement community where she and her husband live. “We have a common reading area and I make sure that after I have read the latest news and information from GDA that I leave it there so someone else can learn about what wonderful work the school does,” she said. “My hope is that it will inspire someone else and, like us, they will make the decision to name GDA in their Trust.”
For information about becoming a Partner in Trust, please contact Rhonda Bissell at 818-833-6432.