Healing Companions

Healing Companions

 Team Members Jane Miller As an innovative non-profit organization, Healing Companions, Inc. plans to serve the community in a myriad of ways.  Our primary goal is to help eradicate the stigma of mental illness by helping mentally disabled individuals to re-enter the world, living independent and functional lives. These individuals will be paired with psychiatric service dogs (PSDs), who are shelter dogs rescued from potential euthanasia. Trained to mitigate the symptoms of their handler’s respective symptoms due to mental illnesses, these shelter dogs can demonstrate how they can be useful and beneficial to a needy population, rather than fall victim to a “throw away system.” Similarly, inmates in a local prison are taught by Healing Companions, Inc. staff how to train these potential psychiatric service dogs to learn their basic skills, thereby developing career potential as dog or animal trainers for their re-entry into the general public. Ultimately, our organization will restore the integrity of three groups – shelter dogs, prison inmates, and those affected by mental illness – and build on their strengths, rather than diminish their capabilities. LaunchU 2016...
Bee Awesome

Bee Awesome

Team Members Amalia Haas Jessica Shapiro In response to habitat loss, pesticides and bee colony collapse, Bee Awesome leverages STEAM, Jewish wisdom, and honey bee ingenuity to inspire Jewish communities to actively invest in Earth stewardship. LaunchU 2016...
Auntie Na’s House

Auntie Na’s House

  Team Members   Waylon Cunningham Aaron Appel Mohit Dubey Auntie Na’s House on the westside of Detroit has served as a food pantry, free after-school program, clothing distribution hub, community garden, community meals space, water hub, and temporary shelter – in a word, a home. Her outreach program primarily supports low-income families of color, but also people with developmental disabilities, recovering drug addicts, and domestic violence survivors. Over the last two years, Oberlin College students have built a strong relationship with Auntie Na’s House and helped strengthen the infrastructure inside and outside the house. Our primary projects right now include expanding the community garden, tutoring, and shelter programs into the adjacent lots. Ignition Fund Recipient, Fall...

A Spoonful of Honey

Team Members Samantha Smylie Hyacinth Parker ‘A Spoonful of Honey’ is a podcast created by Hyacinth and Samantha to speak candidly about their experiences and intersections as Black women at Oberlin College and in life. They hope to talk about issues that impact the Black community, gender, sexuality, dating, college life, and more. This idea sprang from our desire to express our diversity of beliefs and backgrounds due to the fact that some communities in Oberlin marginalize/silence different opinions. The podcast is a safe space for them to think critically about issues that they are passionate about and have some fun. Ignition Fund Recipient, Spring...
Healing Companions

Healing Companions

  Team Members   Jane Miller Executive Director Mission Through the benefits of psychiatric service dogs, Healing Companions, Inc. is dedicated to assisting individuals severely limited in their ability to function due to mental illness so that they can lead lives with dignity, productivity, freedom and self-reliance. Healing Companions is committed to creating a greater awareness of the healing benefits of psychiatric service dogs and incorporating shelter and rescue dogs whenever possible in its program. Vision Healing Companions will become the premier organization involved in the promotion and provision of psychiatric service dogs [PSDs] to individuals with a demonstrated need that meet the requirements of the program. Persons in the Northeast Ohio region that qualify under the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) in their limited ability to function due to mental illness and meet the requirements of the program will have access to fully trained PSDs  in order to diminish the effects of specific individual symptoms. Mental health professionals and those impacted by mental illness  will be fully informed about the legal, ethical, and psychosocial impact of  PSDs in the lives of individuals who are severely limited in their ability to function due to mental illness The presence of PSDs assisting clients in the community will diminish the stigmas that the general public currently associates with mental illness. Values Advocacy Collaboration Education Empowerment Transformation Ethical and Humane Treatment of Individuals and...