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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Your Donations at Work – Canine 1st Aid

This video demonstrates how your donations helped fund the costs of certifying the inmates in Canine First Aid and CPR so that upon release these credentials can assist them in gaining employment in the vast field of dog careers. Getting a certification of completion cost Healing Companions, Inc. $60 per inmate and we have 20 inmates in our program. We already have two trainees who have been released and found jobs using the skills our program provides. Our mission has 3 prongs, rescuing shelter dogs, transforming the lives of those living with mental illness and working with inmates to develop job skills. This is just one of the many ways your contribution benefits our program. Thanks so much!

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Rock Paper Scissors Bonus Challenge

Just a quick reminder about this week’s Bonus Challenge because it’s really important and actually, really fun. Here we go…

The two charities that raise the most online this week will play Rock Paper Scissors. The charity that wins Rock Paper Scissors gets $3,000 and the charity that does not win gets $2,000.

And the first 20 charities to raise at least $600 online this week will win a free year-long subscription to our Tre Pricing Plan.

Fun fact, one of last week’s Bonus Challenge winners ranked 98th in the Challenge. Proof that every organization has a shot to win.

Spread the word, raise lots of money and have fun! You can read more about us and donate at Crowdrise

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Support Healing Companions when you shop!

Support us when you do your Holiday Shopping. Just start here, and Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase directly to Healing Companions.

Other ways to support Healing Companions, Inc.

You can help our mission in several ways:

Spread the Word
Please spread the word about our work, which transforms the lives of those with mental illness, saves the lives of shelter dogs, and provides job skills to inmates so that they can make livable wages upon release.

Donate
You can make a difference by donating to provide those in need with psychiatric service dogs, and help them lead lives of dignity and independence.

Visit our Store
You can now support Healing Companions through our online store! Pick up some HC apparel, pet gear, thermoses, stainless steel water bottles and more! All profits are directed back into our operations. Shopping really does mean helping!

Volunteer
We are also requesting help from those who’d like to volunteer. We currently are looking for those who can help by providing assistance with:

  • Website Support (WordPress)
  • SEO  experts
  • Technical Assistance
  • Photographers
  • Videographers
  • Fundraisers
  • Board members
  • … and so much more.

Your help is deeply appreciated!

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