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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:
My 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.
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.
Cyndi’s story is typical of our client’s struggles with many different levels of need. We hope you’ll support her and Sage in their quest for a better life. You can see her full story and the fundraiser here
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
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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