I was so sorry to read a Facebook post from the Humane Society of West Michigan regarding the deaths of four missionaries from west Michigan, who were killed in a car accident in Haiti on Friday.
One of the accident victims was a member of the HSWM volunteer staff who worked with the kids at the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center on Project B.A.R.C. Here’s the post from HSWM:
We were deeply saddened to receive the news last night of the 4 victims involved in the accident in Haiti. Matt Kutsche, one of the victims, was one of our Project B.A.R.C. volunteers. Through his volunteer work, he not only helped many of our dogs but he made a tremendous impact on the residents in the program. Matt was a very dedicated volunteer who helped many young men at the Kent County Juvenile Detention Center learn how to train and treat dogs. His enthusiasm, dedication and inspiration will be deeply missed.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the friends and family of Matt and the other victims in this tragic accident.
Project B.A.R.C. works with detention center youth (they must apply for the position, just as they would apply for a job) to train select dogs (they, too, must meet criteria) from HSWM. It’s a win-win in that the kids learn responsibility, unconditional love and much more, while the newly trained dog becomes more attractive to potential adoptive owners.
The Project B.A.R.C. program is featured in the latest issue of Dogs Unleashed magazine.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Matt’s family, including his family at HSWM and the juvenile detention center, and families and friends of all the victims.