Free training for the community? Can you please move to Ashtabula County, Ohio?
How about moving to Placer County, CA?
Maybe our experience was in the minority (I don't think so) - but I DO think a Rescue should offer training at a reduced rate esPECially if they know - & admit - that the dog they're placing is a difficult.
The Rescue we went thru was the biggest pile of elephant dung I could imagine. Too bad we didn't know that at the time. They only told the truth about our dog once - & that is, that she's a GSD. Everything else was lie: She did NOT "walk well" on a leash. She was NOT housebroken. She did NOT get along with cats (This was a big one for us, because we have 4 housecats. In fact, they turned us down for a Belgian because he 'wasn't good with cats'. Yeah, right. This Belgian is now working SAR & lives w/ 2 cats...)
Problem is - after having her less than a week, they never came back to the house. Wouldn't return our calls. We came to the conclusion they'd PTS if they got her back - she was that
crazy of a dog then. But she'd already stolen our hearts - skinny little scarred dog with abrasions old & new.
2 years later, we have a dog that's coming along nicely - in SPITE of our errors. From 70 to 88 lbs. BYB for sure. Thousands spent on trainers, a behaviorist (OMG - that was a joke...) & the vet (mostly ruling out any & all ailments known to affect GSD...) Not a whole lot of people would've done that - could very well have wound up at the shelter or worse...
So yes, I think the Rescue should offer something more than a handshake. (Altho the one with whom we dealt can KMA)