“This was an amazing experience for children, staff and families. We need to do more of this with children.  This kind of “work” is so valuable. Parents are so busy making ends meet and pressured to make sure children are academically ready for school, character education in the home is not what it used to be. Many parents commented on what a great program it was and that the students enjoyed delivering their plaques. We were able to comfort such a wide range of people… young and old, near and far. Quite powerful. And I truly think students saw how collectively we made such a difference.” 

Teri A -  3rd Grade Teacher, Orange CT


“As facilitator of the Regional Crisis Team for Northern Westchester and Putnam Counties, I have worked extensively with the Comfort Dogs in our crisis deployments.  When I think back to my personal work with the comfort dogs, I have never seen anything quite like the connections that they develop so quickly with the students and staff members in schools. And when I think about the effect that they have on people who are sad or who have suffered a significant loss, I can think of no better organization than Inspiring Comfort to be in school districts and to help students before a crisis should occur or during or after. I have had the joy of having Club Comfort in some of our schools in our district and it’s been thrilling to see how our students and staff members have responded in such a positive way.  These programs have changed the way we respond to crisis situations. “

Lynn A, Asst Superintendent NWP BOCES, New York. 


“As part of our faculty staff development day, we offered a 1 hour Project Comfort session.  The session was filled to capacity as Mary took us through the Lessons from the Comfort Dogs and equipped us to comfort those around us.  Each person left having made new connections and created heartfelt plaques for each other.  I would definitely have Inspiring Comfort do another session for us soon.”    

Lisa B. , School Social Worker 


3rd Grade Students - Project Comfort Activity Feedback

  • “I learned that it is very nice to care for others and that whenever someone is feeling lonely you should care for them.”
  • “I learned that no matter how far away you are, you can still make someone’s day. Even with a piece of wood. That is what I learned.”
  • “I learned that sometimes you have to be uncomfortable to give comfort. Also it feels good to give something to someone who needs comfort.”
  • “I learned that you might feel nervous to comfort someone but in the end you’ll both feel good.”
  • “What I learned is that it made me feel happy inside and that doing a little thing for someone can make a person feel happy.” “I learned that making someone smile, it makes you smile. It shows you that happiness is in one small smile.”
  • “I learned that even if you don’t have a plaque to give to them it still cheers the person up just to see that you came to visit.”
  • “I learned that comforting people makes you feel good.”
  • “If it wasn’t for you, we wouldn’t have comforted anyone. Thank you so much.” “I learned that there’s a lot of people who need a lot of comforting.”


High School Students - Club Comfort Feedback

  • “I love helping people in need and  I hope that we can meet more often and even outside of school so we can help as many people as possible. Everyone deserves help when they need it the most.”
  • “I love the fun, comfortable environment, connecting with others and spreading love and joy.”
  • “Club Comfort is a great way to relax and think about others every once in a while.  Making these plaques is helping to make a lot of people feel better. Even better, it makes you feel great. I love hanging with the dogs too.” 
  • “Delivering the plaques in person is teaching me how to interact with people needing comfort. I am also learning the importance of remembering those who we’ve lost and those who have lost someone.”
  • “Club Comfort really makes others feel comforted and brings people together.”
  • “Club Comfort is a great time to be with friends and I also love it when the comfort dogs come. I love the happiness and good feeling I get when making plaques for others.”