Dogs make everything better. So when presented with an organization that provides assistance dogs to people with disabilities, the Delta Kappa Chapter of Hood River, Oregon took full advantage of the opportunity to help.
The chapter was introduced to “The Joys of Living Assistance Dogs” in 2016 and decided to make the nonprofit a focus at their State Winter Meeting in February of 2017. The owner and founder of this organization (Joy St Peter) came in and presented a workshop about how they train and raise the dogs. Joy even brought in a trainer and one of their dogs in training!
To fundraise, the chapter held a Bingo/Auction night in May of 2017 with part of the proceeds going towards this worthy cause. Many other chapters in the Oregon area were inspired by this organization as well and are holding fundraisers for “Joy Dogs” this summer and later in the year. The organization has placed 35-40 dogs since their launching in 2004, with about 50% of those individuals served being veterans.
A member of the chapter, Debbie Sanguras said the most rewarding part for the chapter is, “seeing the veterans with PTSD live a more normal life with their companion and best friend,”. Dogs truly do have the ability to change people’s lives, something the chapter realized and successfully helped with.
The chapter also participates in other Hope for Heroes projects such as donating to the Wounded Warrior Project and providing needed items for the Oregon Veterans Home in the Dalles and decorating their Christmas trees during the holidays. They also team up with “Keep the Home Fires Burning” which benefits female veterans, wives, widows and children of veterans. For more information on other Hope for Heroes projects your chapter can get involved with, click here