On December 16-1 7, 2022, VITAS Volunteers & Staff, Thomas Dalton, Laurel Torres, Shelly-Ann Whittingham Sofia Mohammad, Al Sasiadek, Tina Reeder (and Dunkin) David Zielinski, along with 6 Nova University students, and staff from Palm Beach VITAS participated in the annual VITAS sponsored Bereavement Camp. Several families came out to spend the weekend camping with […]
This week Dunkin and I got to participate in local missions with our 11th grade students. Our week started with Innovation Charter School (ICS), a public elementary school. Immediately upon arrival the school’s principal called me into her office to visit with a little girl named Mia. She is a first grader and didn’t want […]
I had responded to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland Florida with another therapy dog team in 2018 and became aware of my calling in this specific ministry. God made the way for me to obtain and train a Golden Retriever puppy through the support of my administrators at the school I am […]
Canines 4 Christ member, “Dunkin,” receives an official Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services (EDS) patch to add to other identifications on his doggy vest. Dunkin and his handler, Tina Reeder, partnered with other EDS volunteers working in the Port Charlotte, Florida area in the wake of Hurricane Ian. “Dunkin is a rock star,” says Laurie […]
Testimony of Team Dunkin Every hope and dream for Dunkin even before he was born was that we would be a Crisis Response Team. I had responded to the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas in Parkland Florida with another therapy dog team in 2018 and became aware of my calling in this specific ministry. God […]
On 10/2022 Dunkin and Tina travelled to Fort Myers, FL as a Crisis Response team for Canines 4 Christ (a Christian Ministry using Therapy Dogs to share the love of Christ). Dunkin and Tina’s goal was to serve with the Salvation Army to help and minister to the victims and first responders affected by Hurricane […]
In March of 2022, Dunkin became a Vitas Hospice Paw Pal. He started with visits to the staff in 2021 because of the difficulty in visiting patients following the pandemic. The staff needed the comfort during this stressful time as well! He now visits the Vitas IPU (inpatient unit) at Broward North Hospital.
Blog #1: Processing days following As I sat there in a room of hundreds of students and parents, listening to a victim of the Columbine shooting that happened almost 20 years ago, a sadness and fear overcame me. It really happened, Columbine which seemed like an unrealistic movie had happened in our community just last […]