Quality Services for Persons with Disabilities
The largest specialty service CARES has to offer
is the provision of canine assistants to people across the United
States. This aspect is what makes CARES so unique
among other canine assistance schools. CARES
is one of the only schools that acts as a center for independent
living, which is the provision of services to the elderly and
disabled. Another quality that makes CARES unique
is that they are one of only a few of canine assistance schools
that accepts applications for children and persons with multiple
disabilities. CARES aspires to offer choices
so that disabled persons will have the opportunity to strive for
We have provided adult services to over 250 clients. Since CARES
began in 1994, the state of Kansas privatized the
services provided and established several different programs through
which people can receive services. CARES coordinates
services for people on the Home and Community Based Services Program.
Within HCBS, a person's services are paid for by the Frail and
Elderly Waiver, Traumatic Brain Injury Waiver, Senior Care Act
or Income Eligible Program. These Medicaid programs are reimbursable
programs through which CARES adult services are
funded. In addition to people serviced through the Medicaid programs,
CARES also has clients that are self-paying and
utilize the same services available to those on Medicaid.
CARES coordinated the full-time employment equivalent
of more than 50 people through our adult services program. Of
these people, 75% are low-income single mothers.
CARES staff provides well over one thousand
hours of advocacy and consultation to people all over Kansas and
the United States annually. CARES has networked
with over 150 different agencies to provide information and services
to people with disabilities. Sarah Holbert, CEO, is the County
Coordinator for the National Organization of Disabilities. News
articles and legislative issues will be included in a newsletter
to be added to this website.
CARES is a private corporation with the majority of
family shareholders. In 2012, the Cares Foundation was organized with
an independent volunteer board of directors. Graduates of the CARES
canine assistance program are board members. All donations are being
managed by the Cares Foundation for the financial support of the
canine assistance program. As a 501 (c) 3 foundation all donations
are tax deductable.
CARES offers a variety of services that if offered
separately are not necessarily unique, but when offered together
make CARES one-of-a-kind for the elderly and
disabled community. This aspect of CARES allows
life for those people in need of our services to be less complicated.
This is something we enjoy tremendously and hope to continue and
expand in the future.
For more information, please feel free to contact Sarah Holbert,
Megan Lewellyn, or Amanda Blackwood at 800-498-1077.
Sarah Holbert, CEO
Sarah Holbert founded CARES in the spring of
1994 to provide assistance dogs for the community. Her focus on
empowering people to live independently led to training dogs for
various disabilities and needs.
Her credentials include Assistance Dogs International, Delta
Society, International Dog Trainer Association and certified to
judge 4H dogs. She has started dog training programs with El Dorado
Correctional Facility, Ellsworth Correctional Facility, Kansas,
Tipton Boys and Meadowlark Girls Academy in Kansas, Huerfano County
Correctional Facility in Colorado, and Atchison Kansas Juvenile
CARES has placed 1,400 dogs across 41 of the 50 United States and
8 International Countries: Peru, Puerto Rico, Panama, Canada, Belgium
and Latvia, England and Germany. She chaired committees to formulate the Kansas Public
Sarah is a leader in the field of professional assistance dogs
and provides continuous support during and after placement. Her
primary love for animals and helping people is why CARES is the
leading provider of professional assistance dogs.
P.O. Box 314
Concordia, KS 66901
Voice or TDD: 785-243-1077 * 800-498-1077 * Fax: 785-243-1079
CARES, Inc. is a private corporation with shareholders.
The Cares Foundation is a 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit foundation.