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Mary MatthiesenPartner in Trust Mary Matthiessen doesn't recall exactly how she and her husband first learned about GDA. It may have been the many puppies-in-training, in their bright yellow jackets, that the two animal lovers encountered in their community. "I remember seeing them and thinking what a wonderful thing that is," said Matthiessen, who lost her husband, Bob, several years ago, "If I had known about being a puppy raiser 20 years earlier, I would have become one. It would have been so fulfilling to help these puppies achieve their higher purpose and help a blind person to lead a more independent life."

The couple found another way to support the school. They decided to include GDA in their will and become Partners in Trust. "It was a decision we were both very much in agreement on. It's such a good feeling knowing that we're helping the dogs and the people too. I couldn't think of a better place to give our money when the time comes."

Matthiessen has been a GDA Partner in Trust for the past 14 years and she encourages others to do the same. "I would tell anybody that they would never be sorry if they decided to make GDA a part of their trust. It's a wonderful and steadfast organization. I am so happy that we are able to support the school's incredible work."

For information about becoming a Partner in Trust, please contact Rhonda Bissell at 818-833-6432.

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