CHRISTIAN MAN FINDS NEW LIFE IN CHARITY WORKING TO HELP EVERYONE.
Inspired by faith, every step of the way.
JOINING NORTH CAROLINA CATHOLIC CHARITIES TO BETTER THE CHARLOTTE COMMUNITY and beyond.
Less than three years later however, Sandy’s father was diagnosed with lung cancer—he passed away only a month later. Compounding this tragedy, Charlie’s mother was then diagnosed with Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia. She passed away a year later.
Our work as a Catholic-inspired charity organization traces back to 2001, when Charlie and Sandy Petrizzo moved their family from New Jersey to Charlotte, North Carolina. Charlie had been offered a great opportunity with a financial institution and decided to take the role after talking it over with Sandy—despite having to move away from their parents and siblings.
While very successful in his new position, Charlie began to carry a burden. He felt guilty for keeping Sandy from being with her mother in New Jersey during her greatest time of need. Likewise, he felt guilty for not being able to support his father and two brothers in caring for his mother.
CHARLIE ENTERED A DEEP DEPRESSION, but it was his catholic faith that propelled him in a new direction.
REDUCING VETERAN SUICIDE
aS A faith-inspired ministry.
Veteran suicide in the United States is an American epidemic. An estimated 22 veterans per day take their own lives, contributing to thousands of deaths each year. Our mission as a faith-inspired ministry is to increase the accessibility of service dogs—one of the best treatments for veterans struggling with PTSD or physical disability—for individuals in need.
Research by Purdue University has shown that service dogs can help reduce hyper-vigilance, night tremors, outbursts of anger and cortisol levels experienced by veterans. These are the primary symptoms of PTSD perpetuating the epidemic. In addition to enhancing the lives of veterans, service dogs can drastically improve the lives of children with special needs and adults with disabilities.
help us build a better WORLD FOR VETERANS, CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL NEEDS, AND ADULTS WITH DISABILITIES.
leading with faith and a passion for serving our community.
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms."
1 Peter 4:10-11 NIV