Hi everyone! My name is Maggie and I started working at the Beacon Center in May of 2016. Yep, I’m a dog and I work at the Beacon Center! I didn’t know much about domestic violence or sexual assault until I started and Angie my co-worker explained it. I wanted to help, but I didn’t know how. She told me scientists had done studies and showed that dogs help with stress and make people feel better. I didn’t know I could do something to help victims that had been hurt in the worst ways My job is to greet people, be myself and make them smile. People come in and I can tell they’re really sad, sometimes they even cry. I just sit quietly and let them pet me. I know it’s not much, but I think it helps. Lots of kids come to the Beacon Center and I love it! Some kids yell for me as soon as they get in the door. Some pull my ears so I stay away from them, but otherwise I love the pets and belly rubs. It’s not just kids that look for me but, adults too. They get down and rub my belly too. I hate to see people hurting so I give some of my love. People say I’ve brightened the place up and made it a happier. The best part of my day is when I can help someone feel better, just by doing what dogs do…love everyone! Beacon Center’s door is always open to those in need. Remember that we are here if you ever need someone to talk to, help with your situation – or just a little “Maggie” time.