Thank goodness I had created DOLPHINS as part of my doctoral work and the CPA, Richard Overfield strongly encouraged keeping it active after I was hired by a major organization. Richard’s advice and guidance was wise. As a result of the economy in 2015 I suddenly needed to find another avenue for my ministry. This required a few months to pull everything together. A Florida Keys organization offered me an opportunity to get started which I deeply appreciated. However, I quickly realized it would be wiser to go back to the 501c3 and create 2 DBA’s under DOLPHINS for numerous reasons.
- People always get confused with the name DOLPHINS and think we either work with the football team or swim with the mammals.
- Over time I was able to realize my goal since seminary of becoming a pastoral counselor. This ministry fits within DOLPHINS goals but is better set as a DBA.
- I also had created a fund which helps Upper Keys residents acquire unaffordable prescriptions. This fund needed a 501c3 home, and again fits within DOLPHINS goals.
As time continues on, the Upper Keys community’s response to these offerings has been overwhelmingly in favor. As additional opportunities open up, I will be considering them. I will primarily focus on developing what God clearly calls me to do at this time and in this place.
We’ve restructured our Board of Directors. As our program progresses we will continue to develop our Board. We hope to include UK consumers as board members. Ideally, we will have a five-member Board.
We have found someone to bill our Living Springs Clients. The purpose of this is to take the collection responsibility away from the counselor. This process is working perfectly.
We are also looking for a volunteer with medical training who will help us analyze the statistics we have collected over the years through Living Waters Rx Project. This will hopefully shed some light on patterns and may lead to improved solutions.
There are exciting possibilities ahead as our UK community has been rallying to flesh out a unified response to the struggles of our neighbors who are living without homes. Again, this is very much a part of DOLPHINS original goals for action. We currently provide counseling to several people struggling on the verge of homelessness and plan to provide additional counseling to more in this struggle.
My clientele for Living Springs continues to increase simply by word of mouth as my reputation throughout the community continues to solidify. Our media sources are very supportive of my endeavors.
We will also be developing an Interdisciplinary group to study and discuss the integration of theology and psychology as well as offering our ACT Parenting Class again at least once this first year.
The Rev. Dr. Pamela Feeser, CPC
Founder and Executive Director
December 31, 2015