Rev. Kelly Harvell & Benny

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I am a pastor of two small churches in northern NH (Trinity UMC in Whitefield and Durrell Memorial UMC in Bethlehem). Thanks to NEADS, I have found Benny, my four-legged partner in ministry. Ministry dogs are a non-anxious presence in discussions with people who are in crisis (death in the family, discussions of abuse, relationship issues, etc.). These dogs give unconditional love that helps in many situations. They help children to meet the new pastor. They help people in nursing homes remember the joys of their own pets. They provide stress relief in stressful times. They are also wonderful additions to church services. We will meet and work with people of all levels of physical abilities. My hope is that Benny will help others to see God’s unconditional love for them. I hope that you will be willing to financially support this match but if you can’t, I hope you’ll support another match so that the work of raising and training assistance dogs can continue to help so many people whose lives are enriched by their matches.