St. Matthew Lutheran Church is pleased to introduce the congregation's new 'Comfort Dog Ministry.' Lutheran Church Charities ("LCC"), a national ministry with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, donated the church's comfort dog, Ladel, a Golden Retriever Comfort Dog, in order to promote a unique faith-based approach to working with those affected by various types of trauma, crisis or disaster.
Ministry teams consist of a trained care giver or givers and a comfort dog. The ministry helps mitigate the emotional and spiritual effects of a crisis or disaster. Petting a dog helps people in pain focus on something outside of themselves, which results in a calmer state of mind. The dogs lower heart rate and blood pressure can improve moods and helps reduce anxiety. A comfort dog promotes healing, not by curing, but by reducing stress that promotes healing. A trained dog is a magnet to adults and children alike.
You may contact St. Matthew at 847-438-7709 if you would like to learn more or if you would like to donate toward this community outreach. Visit LCC's website at lutheranchurchcharities.org if you would like to make a donation toward their comfort dog sponsorships. St. Matthew Lutheran Church is located on Old McHenry Road, between Quentin and Midlothian Roads in Hawthorn Woods. Lutheran Church Charities is based in Addison, IL.