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December 28, 2016

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THE STORY:

WHO WE ARE

Healing Companions, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to increasing awareness of and providing access to psychiatric service dogs (PSDs) as a form of treatment for mental illness.

WHAT WE DO

Our Mission is built on Three Pillars:

  • Saving shelter dogs and training them to be PSDs
  • Transforming the lives of those struggling with mental illness
  • Providing basic dog training job skills for inmates

Healing Companions' benefit to our community is three-fold: a shelter dog's life is saved; the trained psychiatric service dog provides a friend, family member, or neighbor who has mental illness with assistance that promotes a higher level of functioning and participation in society; and the inmate who has trained the dog gains both job skills and "soft skills" that help them obtain jobs and contribute to their communities upon release. A dollar a day can change so many lives. 

What Your Donation will Buy

  • Your gift of only $5 per month will pay for two service dog vests for our dogs.
  • Your gift of $10 per month pays for one service dog to become Canine Good Citizen Certified
  • Your gift of $75 buys a year of heart worm treatment for one dog.
  • *BRONZE SPONSOR* A gift of $100 buys a crate for one dog during their training.
  • *SILVER SPONSOR* A gift of $300 buys food for a service dog for one year.
  • *GOLD SPONSOR* A gift of $1000 provides a Pet Tutor and four Manners Minders for service dog training.
  • *PLATINUM SPONSOR* A gift of $5000 will provide crates for every single dog at our training center.
  • *LIFETIME PATRON* Your gift of $10,000- $20,000 will save the life and completely fund the training of one psychiatric service dog from start to finish.

Healing Companions: Saving Dogs and Changing Lives
Video: https://youtu.be/ck67_Ya0gxg

Healing Companions is a 501(c)(3) organization, serving mentally ill residents of Northeast Ohio. Through a dedicated approach to community mental health, a three-fold benefit emerges: a shelter dog is saved and trained as a psychiatric service dog (PSD) to provide assistance to a person experiencing a mental disorder. This person benefits from a higher level of functioning and participation in society, with help from their dog.  Shelter dogs are trained basic skills by inmates, who in turn gain job skills and “soft skills” to help them obtain jobs and contribute to the community upon release. These services go a long way to saving the lives of dogs and humans alike, as well as keeping them a part of the world and the community.

Won’t you consider supporting Healing Companions to help us continue the work we do? Please visit www.healing-companions.org to donate and learn more.
 
A New Path: Key Role of Inmates in Training Psychiatric Service Dogs Video: https://youtu.be/axq8NoqPkCo

Healing Companions, a 501 (c)(3) organization, serves mentally ill residents of Northeast Ohio and changes the lives of shelter dogs - adopted and trained to become Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs), persons experiencing a mental disorder - providing them with a PSD, and inmates - who train the dogs their basic skills to be more adoptable and when qualified placed as psychiatric service dogs in training while the inmates gain job skills and “soft skills” to help them obtain employment and contribute to the community upon release. 

In this clip, you’ll hear from an inmate who trains the shelter dogs their basic skills — helping them to become more adoptable by addressing behavior issues and qualifying them to become trained as PSDs.  Since becoming part of the Healing Companions training program, he has discovered a passion for training dogs.  He now wants to become a dog trainer and behavior consultant.  We are helping him and other inmates interested in this path by inviting presenters to educate them about their business options once they re-enter the workforce.

Won’t you consider supporting Healing Companions to help us continue the work we do?  Please visit www.healing-companions.org to donate and learn more. 

Training Psychiatric Service Dogs: Inmate Reflects on Lessons Learned Video: https://youtu.be/xVMzi0ubF2A

Healing Companions, a 501 (c)(3) organization, serves mentally ill residents of Northeast Ohio and changes the lives of shelter dogs - adopted and trained to become Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs), persons experiencing a mental disorder - providing them with a PSD, and inmates - who train the dogs and gain job skills and “soft skills” to help them obtain employment and contribute to the community upon release. 

In this clip, you’ll hear from an inmate who trains shelter dogs their basic skills to be more adoptable and when qualified placed in our program to be trained their public access and task training as PSDs. He shares how the lessons learned to help the dogs have also helped him better manage his own symptoms of bi-polar depression.  

Won’t you consider supporting Healing Companions to help us continue the work we do?  Please visit www.healing-companions.org to donate and learn more. 
 
Learning with Purpose: Inmate Values Opportunity to Train Psychiatric Service Dogs
Video: https://youtu.be/gR3wDsO4JfQ

Healing Companions, a 501 (c)(3) organization, serves mentally ill residents of Northeast Ohio and changes the lives of shelter dogs - adopted and trained to become Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs), persons experiencing a mental disorder - providing them with a PSD, and inmates - who train the dogs and gain job skills and “soft skills” to help them obtain employment and contribute to the community upon release. 

In this clip, an inmate talks about a recent visit with one of the people who received a PSD.  He was greatly moved by her story as she shared her experiences living with mental illness and how her life has changed now that she has a service dog.  He now has a better appreciation of how the Healing Companions program changes lives and is grateful for the experience he is able to have in helping with the dogs’ basic training.
Won’t you consider supporting Healing Companions to help us continue the work we do?  Please visit www.healing-companions.org to donate and learn more.

Photo Credit:
Photos #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #8, #9 and #13 taken by Tanya Rosen-Jones:
 

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To This Fundraiser

$1,055

MONEY RAISED
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  • Jen, Abbie and Camden Thomas

    $25

  • SolvIT

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $20

  • AJ

    $10

  • Wednesday

    $25

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Bob Miller

    $250

  • Don & Lexi Mahilo

    $25

  • David and Susan Marinac and Henry

    $50

  • Chris Haas

    $25

  • Joe G.

    $25

  • Shaun and friends

    $30

  • Jan Cooper

    $50

  • Tony Franciosi

    $50

  • The Flaherty's

    $20

  • Dream on farm

    $50

  • Jamie Marino

    $25

  • Jennifer Speer

    $20

  • Marcia Bernath

    $20

  • Dan and Heidi

    $25

  • Marc Linden

    $50

  • Judy Nicoloff - the mommy

    $25

  • Joe Guida

    $50

  • Bobbie Hall

     

  • Lana C

    $50

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The Team: $1,055 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

Fundraiser Title

HEALING COMPANIONS INC

Amount Raised

$570

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Jen Thomas

Amount Raised

$360

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Joe Guida

Amount Raised

$125

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Angie Vella Mack

Amount Raised

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Donor Comments

Lana C

Lana C

DONATION: $50

9 months ago

Bobbie Hall

Bobbie Hall

Come on Folks! Just give a little and others will gain a lot... 9 months ago

Joe Guida

Joe Guida

DONATION: $50

9 months ago

Judy Nicoloff - the mommy

Judy Nicoloff - the mommy

DONATION: $25

Remembering Sammy, Deckster, Shelly, Cassie, Hurlyburly and Stogie 10 months ago

Marc Linden

Marc Linden

DONATION: $50

10 months ago

Dan and Heidi

Dan and Heidi

DONATION: $25

10 months ago

Marcia Bernath

Marcia Bernath

DONATION: $20

10 months ago

Jennifer Speer

Jennifer Speer

DONATION: $20

Hoping our own Sugar becomes a "healing companion." Great cause, Jen! 10 months ago

Jamie Marino

Jamie Marino

DONATION: $25

10 months ago

Dream on farm

Dream on farm

DONATION: $50

In memory of Ryan, Moose and Maggie 10 months ago