Donation in Memory of Elena Gregory

 

Healing Companions, Inc would like to thank the Gregory’s for their very generous donation in memory of Elena.  We are honored to be chosen for such an important tribute.  In response to their loss, Janet and Tony Gregory have started a foundation in her honor.

Elena’s mom sent us this note with their donation:

ElenaMy name is Janet Gregory.  My husband, Tony and I tragically lost our beautiful daughter, Elena Nicole, on April 11, 2019.  Elena suffered from severe anxiety, panic attacks and depression.  She always cared about those less fortunate than herself, and the stories are numerous on how she provided support to others, all the while suffering herself.  She had a love for animals, especially dogs.  Our own rescue dog, Zola, has provided us all with emotional support while trying to move forward since this great loss.

Zola

After Elena’s passing, weset up a 501(c) fund in her honor through the Community Foundation of New Jersey.  Our hope for this fund is to keep Elena’s passions alive through supporting other established non-profit organizations to help to make the world a better place.  During my research, I came across your Healing Companions website.  We feel that your cause and how it helps so many fits perfectly with what we are trying to do.

On behalf of CFNJ-Elena Gregory’s “Arms Wide Open” Fund, we have made a donation toward your honorable cause.  If there are other ways in which we can provide support, we would be very interested to hear about them.

Thank you,  Janet and Tony Gregory


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Support Healing Companions and Make a Difference

Did you know that over 40 million Americans are living with a mental disorder?

Did you know that every day, over 100 people commit suicide in the U.S. alone?

Did you know that every day, over 3,000 unwanted dogs are killed in American shelters?

Healing Companions is working hard every day to make a change in the lives of dogs and humans alike by training rescue dogs and shelter dogs to become Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs) and matching them with people in need.

Finola Tracy & Baron

Finola Tracy & Baron

Imagine being so paralyzed by doubt, social anxiety, or memories of past traumas that you couldn’t leave the house or hold down a job. “My dogs have given me a life,” says Tracy of her services dogs, Finola and Baron. “They’ve given me the ability to go out… to cry, to laugh, feel emotions again.”

So many people have experienced trauma in their lives, as have so many rescue dogs and shelter dogs. Many times, they are forced to face the aftermath of that trauma alone. However, with the proper dog training, these people and dogs can come together to help each other in the healing process. This becomes a therapeutic experience for the animal and the human. Talk about man’s best friend!

Mindy and Ninna

And what about the story of Mindy and Ninna. Mindy was hospitalized “for a couple of days because [she] was suicidal.” She says that when she got out she knew she “was probably going to get a dog and that was totally keeping [her] going.” She says that Ninna is, “in some ways…like my shield from the world and in others she helps me to be in the world. She’s helps me to be grounded and she’s helped me to want to live.”

The positive impact these dogs have in the lives of their humans is beyond words. They help them to cope with their trauma and begin to heal, but it can be quite costly to train these dogs. Unlike mobility dogs and guide dogs, psychiatric service dogs (PSDs) require highly tailored training to help with the specific conditions of their human. To be able to continue changing dog and human lives, we are in constant need of funding. Please consider donating to our cause. You can make a difference in the lives or humans and dogs, a win-win.

Healing Companions is rated by GuideStar as a Platinum non-profit.

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GuideStar awards Healing Companions Platinum Status

GuideStar PlatinumHealing Companions has been awarded the GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Platinum level logo, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofits. The logo demonstrates Healing Companions’ deep commitment to nonprofit transparency and accountability.

We hope you will check us out and tell us what you think.  Click here for our profile.

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Healing Companions ~ Brenda Keltner

Barbara Keltner with her rescue dogBrenda Keltner’s family witnessed first hand what a difference a healing companion made in their sister’s life and decided they would like to help make that possible for others.

Brenda recently passed away in St. Mary’s Ohio. She was born on September 12, 1963, in Van Wert, Ohio to Gayle and Margaret (Faller) Keltner who preceded her in death.

She is survived by her siblings, Joyce (Don) Sonnastine of Wadsworth, Ohio, Richard Keltner of Van Wert, Gary (Renee) Keltner of Phoenix, AZ, Larry (Kathy) Keltner of Tucson, AZ, Debra Smith of Convoy, Jan (Doug) Jones of Venedocia, and Linda Keltner of Boston, MA. Her numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews were very special to her.

Her dog Dinky was her loving companion. She had also rescued Monty, Too, and Cosmo, loyal companions who previously shared her life.

Brenda was a 1981 graduate of Lincolnview High School. She graduated in 1985 from Ohio Northern University. She earned her Juris Doctorate from the Moritz College of Law at the Ohio State University. Formerly an Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Columbus, Ohio, Brenda had presented several cases before the Ohio State Supreme Court. Always an advocate for the marginalized and those less fortunate, Brenda took time to help those who needed help.
She treasured her family. Her generosity, thoughtfulness, along with her amazing, joyful laugh and sense of humor will be remembered and missed by all those who knew her.

The family has requested donations to honor Brenda be sent to Healing Companions.  If you would like to donate, click here.  If you would like us to let the family know about your donation, just click here to email us and we’ll forward a note to them on your behalf.

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