A Service Dog for Shelli

Hello! My name is Shelli and I am 32 years old. I have been deaf since birth. I have also struggled with chronic illnesses for most of my life and was diagnosed with PTSD five years ago.

My deafness prevents me from being aware of my surroundings and increases my PTSD-related hypervigilance. These challenges make it hard for me to navigate and feel safe in public situations as well as when home alone. I am unable to hear sounds such as people walking up behind me in public spaces, my name being called at doctors’ offices, and fire and safety alarms at home and in public areas.

I need a service dog to alert me to sounds in my environment—which will reduce my PTSD symptoms and lower my stress levels—and to help me when I am experiencing a chronic illness flare. I have to rely on my wife, Jessica, to tell me about sounds around the house and she helps take care of me during a chronic illness flare, but I want to be more independent and not need to rely on others all the time.

A dog would alert me to sounds, and be an extra set of ears in my surrounding. My future service dog would also create more buffer space between me and other people. A dog would also be aware of when I am experiencing distress or anxiety by providing deep pressure therapy, and waking me up from nightmares that contribute to my PTSD symptoms.

During a chronic illness flare, a dog would help pick up dropped items on the floor and open and close doors to help me reserve my energy for other day-to-day tasks. I need a service dog to also be my companion when I am struggling. A dog would take some of these tasks off of my wife, so we can just be a couple and enjoy being together.

Prior to COVID-19, I was in the process of becoming a Certified Pilates Instructor. I hope to return to the certification process when it is safe to do so. It has always been my dream to teach Pilates and a service dog will be a great help in returning to the workforce. A service dog would help me gain more confidence in my life to do the things I would like to do by reducing my PTSD symptoms and helping me function out in the world. Going on leisurely walks and playing with my service dog would also greatly benefit my mental health.

A service dog is an integral part of my healing process and will be my teammate, helping me navigate through life. My service dog will be an extension of me, enhancing my abilities and going wherever life takes us.

I greatly appreciate your consideration. Having your assistance with funding will enable me to thrive out in the world.

A Service Dog for Shelli
Donors
Anonymous Donor 5400.00 USD
Someone who cares 500.00 USD
500.00 USD
500.00 USD
David Rabinovitz & Jordene Hale 200.00 USD
Noah Slovin 180.00 USD
Rebekah Steinfeld 180.00 USD
Molly Moses 180.00 USD
Debbie & David 150.00 USD
Merle & Eddie 118.00 USD
anne burton 108.00 USD
Harlan Lieberman-Berg 100.00 USD
Ruthie Oland-Stuckey 100.00 USD
Rabbi Benjamin Weiner 100.00 USD
Ken and Kitty 100.00 USD
Thomas Butler 100.00 USD
MaryAnn 100.00 USD
CTE Stan Rosenberg 100.00 USD
Randi Stein 100.00 USD
Dos Amigos 100.00 USD
paulina stark 100.00 USD
100.00 USD
Bradley i Steinfeld 75.00 USD
Linda Sinapi 72.00 USD
Lauren Spokane 54.00 USD
James C 54.00 USD
54.00 USD
Lisa J Kirschenbaum 54.00 USD
Barbara & Michael Burkart 54.00 USD
H. hadar Grabel 54.00 USD
Puppy Zoey 50.00 USD
Peggy Shapiro 50.00 USD
M Haigh 50.00 USD
50.00 USD
Sallie Deans Lake 50.00 USD
Irene Eigner 50.00 USD
Ruth Love Barer 50.00 USD
50.00 USD
Lauri Meade 36.00 USD
36.00 USD
Kenny Kalman 36.00 USD
Another JCA family who cares 36.00 USD
Danielle Kadinoff 36.00 USD
Henia Lewin 36.00 USD
Jena & Mani Schwartz 36.00 USD
Jeanne 36.00 USD
best of luck 36.00 USD
Jeff Kalman 36.00 USD
36.00 USD
judi and kip Fonsh 36.00 USD
Jackie 36.00 USD
Marty and Susan Pepper Aisenberg 36.00 USD
Julia & Philipp 30.00 USD
Peggy Tirrell 25.00 USD
deborah r 25.00 USD
Stephanie 25.00 USD
Paulette Bergounous 25.00 USD
Jay Alpert 25.00 USD
25.00 USD
Barbara Carey 25.00 USD
Our service dog Leon 25.00 USD
Amy Rocco 20.00 USD
Barbara Brown 20.00 USD
Thanks to Anna! 20.00 USD
Keren and Alex and Family 18.00 USD
Heidi Wangelin 18.00 USD
Rae Gaines 18.00 USD
Liz 18.00 USD
Anna Sobel 18.00 USD
18.00 USD
Elizabeth and Ted Trobaugh 18.00 USD
Ilana Newman Hernandez 14.00 USD
Total amount 10921.00 USD
Target to reach 12862.50 USD

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