Saint Francis Service Dogs 2022 Annual Report

Donor Spotlight Jim Petrine

improvement in the lives of their owners is truly inspiring.”

Like so many people who give of their time and their generosity to Saint Francis, for Jim Petrine, it started with his love of dogs. “I have always been a dog lover and have had dogs my entire life. Our dogs are a huge part of our family,” says Jim. three decades as a well-respected businessman in the home building industry. He is passionate about his family which includes wife Debbie, a son, daughter, son-in-law and his two beautiful grandchildren. He is also no stranger to giving of his time, as a member and supporter of many community groups. He says his desire to give back is an important value instilled in him by his parents. Jim says, “I have been fortunate in my life. Now I look for areas where I can give back and make an impact in others’ lives.” When Jim first learned of the work Saint Francis does, he wanted to learn more about what highly trained dogs were capable of. “My first impression of Saint Francis was sheer amazement. The organization’s ability to train dogs to make such a significant Jim is a proud alumnus of Virginia Tech and has spent more than

Along with being a generous supporter, Jim has served on the Board of Directors since 2016.

“I wanted to do my part to keep this important work going,” says Jim.

“It is so rewarding just knowing you have helped change lives.”

Through his firsthand experience with Saint Francis Service Dogs, Jim says he continues to be amazed at the impact a service dog can have. “It is heartwarming. A service dog can be a true game changer for the people we serve. That dog’s service and presence can ultimately change the trajectory for the entire family,” Jim says. “My hope is that we can help even more families with this valuable resource.”

Thank you Jim for all that you do! Your support and dedication helps to change lives.

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