2017 D.O.G. Team Recipients

Kendra Buchele and Rafael

Twice a month they visit with residents at an assisted living home and they attended as crisis response for Parents of Murdered Children at their National Conference.

Comments from the National Organization of Parents of Murdered Children had this to say about Kendra and Rafael: “Kendra’s compassion, you can feel it, she smiles with us and cries with us. Her eyes and ears are always focused on the survivor/s.. .. . Kendra and Rafael are always there to give and receive hugs. This may not seem like a big thing, but hugs work wonders. They are giving completely of themselves. It takes a very special person to do this “job” of being an “advocate of heeling and hope” and actually do it right. Kendra is one of those very special people. She has made a difference in so many lives, with her compassion, education, listening skills and general kindness and understanding of those who have been affected by tragedy.”

Laurie Schlossnagle and Dolly

Laurie and Dolly spend time each month visiting residents at an assisted living home, along with weekly visits to hospice patients. They also visit the Library monthly for the R.E.A.D. program.

The Recreation Manager of the assisted living home feels privileged to have had Laurie and Dolly volunteer for the last two years. She states that “the time given to the residents in all four of their buildings is amazing. Laurie takes time to know each person individually, and knows them well enough to know when to stay extra. No other volunteers have given so unselfishly to our community. I wish we could clone her and Dolly for their commitment, love, and dependability and willingness to serve.”