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My name is Joanne Beaudry, a Speech/Language Pathologist at Wachusett Regional High School in Holden, MA. I am working with classrooms of students on the Autism Spectrum; most have been diagnosed with Asperger's or PDD-NOS . Many of the students have co-morbid diagnosis' of severe anxiety, severe depression, ADHD, and communication disorders. With these secondary diagnosis, their behaviors make it extremely difficult to express their feelings as well as communicate and socialize with peers, and adults in their environment.

Suzanne is a mother, writer, youth coach, and Protestant ordained minister. Suzanne is interested in the myriad ways ministry happens outside church walls, and is eager to embark on a new partnership of pastoral care with a NEADS Service Dog for Therapy.

Rev. Debbie Clark is pastor of Edwards United Church of Christ in Framingham, Massachusetts.  The congregation has welcomed Jeannie, a beautiful standard poodle, as a "service dog for ministry."  Jeannie provides a warm, gentle, caring presence for the congregation and the wider community.

When I first applied to get an assistance dog from NEADS, I knew that I would receive a special dog. I didn't know that I would receive a dog that has had such a huge impact on my professional and personal life. Rev accompanies me to work everyday, which is the Nevins Nursing and Rehab Centre in Methuen Massachusetts.

Words cannot express how excited I am in being selected to receive a therapy dog. As a Special Education Teacher at Longridge Elementary School in Greece, NY, I work with students with disabilities such as aspergers, autism, speech/language impaired, learning disabled, and other health impairments.

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.

My name is Kelly Heller and I have been matched with Sebastian, a classroom service dog. I am a District Behavior Specialist for Lebanon School District in Lebanon, PA. Sebastian and I are hard at work in our district’s emotional support, autistic support, and life skills support classrooms. Our students are enjoying having him wander into the classroom for a handshake, a puppy kiss, and another body to read to. The difference he has already made in our district has been incredibly rewarding to see.

Sue is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and works in a state psychiatric hospital and recovery center. She has been working as part of Deaf Services for over 20 years and has been in the field of mental health for 30 years. As part of the NEADS puppy raising program Sue has brought these NEADS pups into the hospital for over two years and has seen firsthand how the pups relate to, bond with and bridge the gap between therapist and client. Therapeutic dogs effect these clients by providing that unconditional love and trust that is so hard to build with clients who may suffer from severe trauma and symptoms of mental illness. Bringing a therapeutic dog with her to work daily would greatly impact patient care in a positive way. Many of the clients Sue works with are Deaf and language is never a barrier when interacting with the dogs. Trust can be difficult for some individuals who suffer from illness and trauma. These dogs can provide individuals with effortless, joyful support and appreciation and will not ask for anything in return.

Hi Everyone, My name is Rylie and I have been matched to become a therapy dog at Boston Medical Center (BMC). I’ve been waiting my whole life for this. In this role, I will visit patients, families and staff at the hospital and bring with me compassion, caring and a pleasant diversion from hospital life.

I am excited to be joining the NEADS family and developing a partnership with Bella. Bella will serve as both a ministry dog and a service dog assisting me personally. As a minister and an animal-lover, I cannot think of a more ideal way to “do” ministry. Bella and I will serve our congregation, community, and region in many ways: through congregational and interfaith worship and events; pastoral care visits to nursing homes and hospitals; and crisis response to recovery and reunification centers in Petersham and the wider region. We will respond to requests by local clergy of any faith as well as regional fire, police, and other emergency responders.

I began my partnership with Daisy, a young Golden Retriever "Service Dog for Ministry" in October. She has become a favorite in the various ministry settings in which I am involved. In churches, she opens up conversations with people who might be reluctant otherwise. She is particularly good with kids, even the most hesitant.

I am a counselor at the Cushing House which is a part of the Gavin Foundation and located in South Boston. The Cushing House is a 6-month program for girls ages 16-20 in early recovery from addiction. Working with me from 3-11 pm, Rowan brightens everyone's day- from greeting girls at the door when they come back from school/work to giving them a kiss before they go to sleep.

Hello, my name is Jennifer O’Rourke, I am a special education teacher at Salisbury Elementary School in the town of Salisbury, Massachusetts. The students in my program have significant social and emotional needs and some have experienced trauma and lived in poverty during their young lives. Students with Autism, a history of trauma, post-traumatic stress disorder, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder and various other social emotional challenges are in need of the comfort and reassurance that a therapy dog can provide.

Scooter helps engage my many clients who suffer from severe and persistent mental illness. My role as Residential Registered Nurse allows me to visit with these individuals, provide physical assessments and advocate for the services they may need. Scooter provides them with tactile stimulation and unconditional love they deserve. Scooter also encourages these individuals to increase their activity level through hikes and trips to the local dog park. In addition I will am able to share this amazing animal with my family. My clients are truly excited about Scooter being an addition to our clinical team. Thank you in advance for considering a donation.

Hi! I’m Ritamarie Theiler and have long known about the benefit animals bring to our lives. As a teen, I had surgery to correct scoliosis followed by nine months in a body cast. During this time I had many dogs, cats and horses who loved me and helped guide me through the recovery. Without my animals around me, I’m sure this would have been a very depressing and difficult time in my life.