HEAVEN SENT: THERAPY DOG GROUP WAS IN CHARLESTON FOR ANNUAL MEETING AT TIME OF TRAGIC SHOOTING

Every year HOPE Animal Assisted Crisis Response holds their annual meeting in a different location. The nonprofit therapy dog organization has five regions, and each year one of them gets to choose  the city. This year the decision fell to the Southeast Region. They chose Charleston.

 When the news broke that nine people had been gunned down in the basement of the Emanuel AME Church, HOPE handlers Cindy Becker and Julie Scott were able to immediately mobilize their certified therapy dogs, Porsha and George, quickly bringing comfort to a city struck by an unimaginable tragedy.

(click here for full story by Erika Mansourian)

Photo by Rolland E Heagy

Therapy Dogs Bring Smiles to South Carolina After Church Tragedy

HOPE teams have been with the people of Charleston as they remember the lives of those who were taken too soon and recover to carry on their legacy.

Click here for a story from People Magazine’s Alexandra Rockey Fleming

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Support for residents impacted by the recent flooding in Texas

HOPE Teams assist at the FEMA Multi Agency Resource Center in Houston
(photo by Jocelyn Augustino – Jun 10, 2015)

 

On-line Auction Success!

Thank you to all the business and individuals who contributed to the HOPE on-line auction!!

Dogs provide vital stress relief for survivors and first responders

MARYSVILLE — When Braeden Boyle spotted his new friend the other day, his expression brightened.  The lanky freshman bent down and hugged him.  They’d spend the next half hour together, walking along the south fence line of Marysville Pilchuck High School where students, staff and volunteers were taking down weathered tributes to classmates shot in the cafeteria Oct. 24.

Like a lot of students, the tragedy hit Braeden hard.  Bungee, a 3-year-old English Labrador, could sense that and became his companion.
“You watch him change when he is around that dog,” said Gregg Kuehn, the district’s human resources supervisor who watched their reunion Monday.
Another 21 dogs trained in crisis response fanned out across the Marysville School District in the days after the shooting. Their job is to help survivors and emergency responders relieve stress. They’re what’s known as comfort dogs.

For full article by Eric Stevick, Herald Writer, click here

HOPE Welcomes New Members to the Pacific Southwest Region!

Welcome Teams and Team Leaders!

Welcome Teams and Team Leaders!

Heroes from Washington Navy Yard Honored

Members of Naval District Washington family gathered at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday to honor a group of civilians and sailors for their bravery and service in the midst of last year’s mass shooting that traumatized the Navy.  The Secretary of the Navy bestowed the Navy’s Merit for Group Achievement Award upon HOPE Animal-Assisted Crisis Response for the many hours that our volunteers worked to support the recovery.  We are very honored to receive this recognition of our service.

See full article here

SECNAV honors HOPE 6_23_14 USN photo by Pedro Rodriguez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Pedro A. Rodriguez/RELEASED

Dogs help ease tension on Paine College campus

HOPE supports the students and teachers at Paine College near Augusta, GA after shootings (click here for story)

Washington Spotlight on the Sound radio program on HOPE

David Summers, host of Spotlight on the Sound, interviews Raquel Lackey about HOPE and our work in Oso, WA.  This is a wonderful interview that provides an excellent description of our work and organization!!  (click here)

HOPE accepted as a member of Washington State VOAD!

HOPE is now a member of the Washington State VOAD!  In addition to being a National VOAD member, HOPE is a member of over a dozen other State and Local Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).
http://www.wavoad.org/cms/membership

The purpose of Washington Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (WAVOAD) is to bring these voluntary organizations together within the State of Washington. Together, these organizations foster more effective service to the people affected by disaster through cooperation, coordination, communication and collaboration.

Members of the Washington VOAD form a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.