Mission Statement

It is the mission of Faithful Friend Ministry to demonstrate unconditional love to young people in America.

Areas of Ministry

  • Juvenile Correctional Facilities
  • Church Services
  • Summer Youth Camps
  • Corporate Human Resources
  • Learning Institutions

Our Goals

To go to as many opportunities for ministry as possible, to educate and encourage lay persons to become involved in juvenile assistance programs, and to raise financial support for juvenile programs.

Volunteers Needed

If you have a heart to reach troubled youth, please Contact Us for more information. If you're ready to jump in, just fill out the Long Application under Forms!

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Faithful Friend is a 501(c)(3) chartered organization. Contributions and support come in the form of one time donations, honorariums for speaking, and sustaining monthly contributions.

You may make online donations with your debit / credit card via PayPal by using the form below. You may also make your check payable to Faithful Friend Ministry and send it to:
Faithful Friend Ministry
2701 W 15th St #553
Plano, TX 75075

The following is a list of things that are still needed:

  • Greater sustaining financial support - monthly contributions
  • Gasoline
  • Van to carry team members
  • Continuing expansion of volunteers and supporting churches
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County K9 Program

Veteran Service Dogs Video

At Risk Youth Boot Camp Video

Faithful Friend in the News Video

History: Since 1999 Faithful Friend has taken trained service dogs to visit incarcerated juveniles or at-risk youth facilities. These service animals have been used to improve the lives of troubled teens and to promote discernible change in their behavior. The Faithful Friend program has publicly documented proven results in reducing inmate violence. The program stimulates the desire for better behavior and encourages better study habits with corresponding improvement in educational test scores. The cumulative result of Faithful Friend intervention is reduced recidivism. Faithful Friend has implemented mentoring programs for youth during their incarceration, their time of partial furlough, and their post-adjudication release. Faithful Friend volunteers are interdenominational, and the principles taught are Biblically based.

The new K9 Program will place canines with incarcerated youth for the purpose of teaching life skills while also teaching program participants how to socialize and train canines that will be given to combat veterans as service dogs. This program expects to accomplish multiple objectives including the placement of shelter dogs, an increased public awareness of shelter adoption programs, greater public awareness and support of youth programs, reduced recidivism for youth offenders, providing service dogs to wounded veterans, and specifically easing Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms among veterans suffering from that condition.  Service dogs may also be trained to alert veterans to pending seizures, diabetic imbalance, and assistance to sight and hearing impairments.

To initiate the K9 Program, Faithful Friend has gathered the support of County officials, a local veterinarian, world class dog trainers, and the local Veterans Administration, area humane shelters, and community and corporate sponsors. The youth will learn to document the project, learn canine training methods, and work with a dog in preparation for certification as a service animal. Faithful Friend will oversee the training, be on call 24/7 for assistance, schedule regular training sessions with the youth and their K9 charge, and locate and work with a handicapped veteran who will ultimately receive the trained canine.

Past successful collaborations exist between Faithful Friend and supporting agencies and groups, and the local press will build up this next endeavor (see TV related news stories; Veteran Service Dogs€, €œAt Risk Youth Boot Camp Visit, €œFaithful Friend In The News€, Shiloh'€™s Tale).  The impact of the K9 Program goes well beyond the lives of the dogs, student volunteers and wounded veterans.  It reaches deep into the fabric of the communities that these groups touch and the lives they influence.

During advanced stages of training, canines will require public venues for behavioral conditioning. Demonstrations on dog safety in schools and public gatherings will be targeted. SPCA public events such as dog walks, adoption days, and fund raising exposure will also be targeted. By giving a veteran a service animal to assist him or her in such public gatherings, we also help the veterans be more active in our society, give them opportunities to heighten public awareness about service dogs, and allow them to help raise canine issues such as animal shelter fundraising and pet adoption programs. The cycle then completed reinitiates itself with heightened public awareness, which encourages other dogs to be put into the program, with new youth who wish to participate, and for more veterans to see the benefits this can have for them in the community.

The largest key to success has been the broad community support which we have already received. Faithful Friend has long been recognized for its at-risk youth program and use of well-trained canines. The expansion into a County K9 Program for Faithful Friend is a reasonable next step. The financial support Faithful Friend is seeking is far less than what it has taken to initiate similar programs in other parts of the country.

Faithful Friend is working toward incorporating a broad community support for the K9 Program. We have area animal shelters and dog breeders who wish to provide canines for the Program. We seek local donor support, philanthropic foundation support, and national corporate sponsorship. We have received financial support from the Hoblitzelle Foundation, the Florence Foundation, the Rose Foundation, the Oonk Foundation, and Wal-Mart Community Grants. We have received national corporate sponsorship for pet products from 1-800-PetMeds. Additional funding is needed for our operating budget which is scalable. With an increase in our general budget we can produce more service dogs. We do not have any bricks and mortar overhead, but will realize other expenses.

Thousands veterans live in the County. Many of these are combat veterans who are suffering from some level of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The demand for service dogs by this group far outnumbers supply. Service dogs cost between $10,000 and $30,000 to produce depending upon the skills needed. Because the K9 Program receives financial support these service animals can be offered to veterans at little cost to themselves and be made available to worthy veterans who would otherwise not have access to such assistance. Because of its broad community support and the large resident veteran population, the County K9 Program will have a very high impact level for this growing community.

 

 

 
Welcome to Faithful Friend Ministry
faith⋅ful [feyth-fuhl]
–adjective
1. true to one's word, promises, vows, etc.
2. steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant: faithful friends.
3. reliable, trusted, or believed.
friend [frend]
–noun
1. a person attached to another by feelings of affection or personal regard.
2. a person who gives assistance; patron; supporter.
3. a person who is on good terms with another.

About Us

We desire for all juvenile offenders to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ. Being devoted to reaching young people in prisons, schools, and churches with the Gospel requires a team of believers whose combined gifts and talents allow at-risk youth to see Biblical truth through music, illusions, athletic fetes, illustrations of a relationship between Master and follower, and powerful testimonies of changed lives.

 

Testimonials

You have to see this dog to believe it. Shiloh is the smartest thing on four legs and Les uses this wonderful creature to demonstrate relationships and obedience. Both of these messages, as they are reflected unto God have been well received by youth in incarceration.
- John Stutz
Admin. of Chaplaincy Services Texas Youth Commission

Faithful Friend is doing great work in reaching troubled youth. I can attest to their commitment and credibility along with their deep desire to show love to kids who might not otherwise experience it. They consistently model positive behavior, and the feedback from the kids has been excellent.
- Danny Meek
Superintendent of the John Roach Detention Center