About Us

About Us

Overview

Project Delta is a team of like-minded people from around the country that share a passion for supporting two of the most deserving groups, veterans & forgotten or abandoned dogs.

Project “Delta”  (Dogs Enriching Lives Throughout America) is the result of the unrelenting ache in the heart of our founder. That is, the unmet needs of U.S. military veterans that suffer the effects of combat-related, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI) or military sexual trauma (MST).  At the same time, she recognized the unmet potential of her other passion – the thousands of local shelter and rescue dogs.

The marriage of her two passions evolved into a program that pairs and trains shelter and rescue dogs to become Service Dogs for our warriors that sacrificed so much but received so little in return.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to support our warriors and dogs. Your generous donation will provide the support needed to enable pairing and training of our Service Dog Teams.
Mission

Mission

Dedicated to The Pairing of Veterans With Shelter/Rescue Dogs to Create Service Dog Teams. We do this by recognizing and treating the total wellness of our veterans.

Who We Are

Project Delta is dedicated to the pairing of veterans with shelter/rescue dogs to create service dog teams to lessen the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI), and military sexual trauma (MST).

How We Do It

We have learned that shelter/rescue dogs can be just as suitable for providing service as dogs bred for this purpose.  The dog is considered for our program only if certain criteria is met. This screening can take up to three months.  Thanks to the generosity of our amazing foster families, prior to pairing, our dog behavioralist and trainers can take the time necessary to ensure the dog truly desires service work and meets the behavioral criteria. Finally, after screening and vetting, a veteran and dog choose one another based on the personality and temperament of the other. Then immediately upon pairing, the training begins for this newly formed Service Dog Team (In Training.) Depending on the needs of the veteran, certification can take approximately 6-9 months. The cost to train each team is approximately $7,500. We provide ongoing training and mandatory re-certification for our Service Dog Teams. Because of the generous support from our donors, pairing and training are FREE of charge to our veterans.

Why We Do It

Veterans:
  • Current studies indicate 22 veterans every day commit suicide. Many of these veterans are suffering from PTS, TBI, and/or MST.
  • 20% of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans suffer from PTSD (540K). 19% suffer from TBI (513K).
  • 50% don’t seek treatment; only half of those treated receive minimally adequate treatment.
Dogs:
  • 9 million dogs enter shelters and rescues each year.
  • A large percentage of shelter dogs are euthanized each year.

Vision

Vision

Our Vision

We envision a world where Project Delta veterans live a full and purposeful life free of the limitations associated with PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Military Sexual Trauma.

The Team

The Team

Meet our team

Patti Robinson
Patti Robinson

Patti Robinson

Founder/C.E.O.

Patti is a Registered Nurse by trade, but her love for both veterans and dogs has delivered her to this fantastic opportunity to merge her two passions. Patti's father, Robert Wherritt, experienced the horrors of combat during World War II as a Marine in the Pacific islands. Her husband served in the U.S. Army and deployed to Germany in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Patti's son, Alec, recently served in the Marine Corps infantry. Finally, her adopted son, Jimmy, served in the Marine Corps for twelve years which included two deployments and three years of service as a Drill Instructor at MCRD, San Diego.

Therefore, her military roots run deep. Patti has loved dogs as long as she can remember. In fact, she will often joke that she like dogs more than most people.

What changed Patti's life was a blurb she noticed on television In November 2014. The interview described an A&E mini-series featuring Jim Stanek, a veteran with PTS and TBI, and his service dog, Sarge. From that moment, it all became crystal clear what she was ``called`` to do, and she has not looked back. Project Delta has become her purpose and mission in life... to enrich the lives of both veterans and dogs. It's her way of giving back to the veterans that she honors and the dogs that she loves. ``Thank you so much for taking part in making this incredible mission a reality.``

Len Robinson
Len Robinson

Len Robinson

President/Master Level Certified Life-Coach

Len completed Marine Corps Officer Candidate School in 1985 and later served eight years in the U.S. Army, attaining the rank of Captain. He deployed to Germany and Italy in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Throughout his military service, Len had the privilege of providing anesthesia to injured warriors and their families. Len shares a passion for taking care of our veterans and providing them opportunities to reach their full potential. Len's entrepreneurial spirit has led to the start-up of several small businesses, including a medical device company, a device for which he holds a U.S. patent. Len's real passion is providing life-coaching for medical professionals and military veterans.

Lindsay Bordwell
Lindsay Bordwell

Lindsay Bordwell

Senior Trainer/Co-Director Project Delta Foster Program

My name is Lindsay Bordwell, and I am honored to be lead dog trainer of Project Delta. I have worked in a veterinary clinic setting for over 12 years, and have been teaching puppy class for nearly 8. Since 2013, I have been certified through the Certification Council of Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT). With this, I have consulted clients, working on behavior modification using positive reinforcement techniques. Many of my cases have been surrounding anxiety, fear aggression, and dog to dog reactivity. Although these cases are my passion, I find everyday obedience to be not only crucial, but extremely rewarding.

Through my years in this field, I have come to learn that the relationship between dog and human is one of the most beautiful, complex, important and forgiving relationships of our lifetime. I am honored to be a part of building these relationships for the men and women who have sacrificed and given me so much.

Adam VanGrinsven
Adam VanGrinsven

Adam VanGrinsven

Chief Financial Officer

Adam D. VanGrinsven currently works as the Vice President of Finance for Bix Produce Company. Bix Produce Company is the leader in specialty produce distribution throughout the Twin Cities metro area, greater Minnesota, Western Wisconsin, and Fargo, ND. Adam has vast knowledge in both the finance and operating segments of an organization and has a passion for bettering business in many markets.

Adam brings to Project Delta several years of experience working with non-profit start-ups. Adam assisted with the structuring of the Lakeville South Baseball Booster club, located in Lakeville, MN.

Project Delta is held dear to Adam, as he shares Patti’s passion is seeing veterans obtain the necessary help to cope with daily struggles. His motivation is drawn from knowing what positive results will be gained from the successful startup of Project Delta.

Jerry Stahl
Jerry Stahl

Jerry Stahl

Advisor to the Board of Directors

Jerry is a veteran of 40+ years of the advertising agency business. He served as Director of Advertising for B.F. Goodrich and while in the ad agency business worked with clients like Exxon, Sears, Harley Davidson, Polaris, General Mills, etc. He was President of the Twin Cities offices of Grey Advertising and Bozell & Jacobs Advertising and started his own ad agency, Associates & Stahl.

Jerry has always been a dog lover and started volunteering in the local rescue community when he retired. He observed a lack of strategic planning capability among animal rescue groups and started facilitating strategic planning sessions with several local rescue groups. Following that he served as Executive Director of the Golden Retriever rescue group for the 5 state area, Retrieve a Golden of the Midwest (RAGOM).

He now serves as an advisor to the Project Delta Board. His strategic planning skills, guidance and contacts have proven to be invaluable to our Board of Directors.

Nicki Hartfiel
Nicki Hartfiel

Nicki Hartfiel

Co-Director Project Delta Foster Program/Fundraising Director

I am very proud to be part of the Project Delta team. My love of animals and work within the rescue community brought Patti and Project Delta to my attention shortly after the launch. I was told I “must get in touch with her.” Which I almost immediately did!
My background includes a BA degree in Psychology from the University of MN that culminated in years spent working in the social service field as a psychiatric technician and then as a program coordinator.
As my family grew, I returned to retail sales which led to many years in retail management.
For the last 10 years, I have enjoyed teaching preschool - and in recent years, I have been incorporating lessons about both veterans and animal rescue.
Being the Fundraising Director for Project Delta has allowed me to utilize all of my training and experience to help both veterans and rescue dogs – 2 groups that I feel very strongly deserve our unending patience and support.

Suzanne Stone
Suzanne Stone

Suzanne Stone

Chief Of Operations

Suzanne, a Marine MoM met Patti and Len while her son was at boot camp and an instant friendship was made. Her passion for our military veterans and a shared vision of rescuing shelter dogs, to train as service dog teams was one of many common threads. A recipient of a rescue dog herself, she knows the unconditional love and companionship they provide.

Suzanne brings years of experience with non-profits, fundraising, and relationship building, so it was a natural fit to collaborate with Project Delta. Twenty years as Director of Client Services for a major Fulfillment house and another 9 years as a business owner, her expertise will provide Project Delta the needed tools for reaching its goals.

Why Use Rescue Dogs?

Why Use Rescue Dogs?

A Picture IS Worth A Thousand Words

Meet The Veterans

Meet The Veterans

The Heroes To Which We Owe A Debt Of Gratitude

Please Watch This Video Group Discussion To Learn

Why We Do What We Do.

 Samuel Boney, Iraqi Freedom Veteran

Sam Boney is the first Project Delta veteran and is the author of the book, “Combat Medic.”

Learn about Sam’s amazing journey in this video interview.

 
Thank You To Our Sponsors

Thank You To Our Sponsors

Help A Veteran • Save A Dog

How You Can Help

How You Can Help

Spread the word. Sponsor. Educate. Donate.

  • 1

    Spread the Word

    We depend on our community of supporters to share our mission by word of mouth. Alternatively, please consider sharing this page with your friends on social media.

    SPREAD THE WORD
  • 2

    Educate

    Please help us to educate the public regarding the acceptance of service dogs and the impact that service dogs have on the lives of veterans and first responders suffering from PTS, TBI and MST.

    Educate
  • 3

    Sponsor

    Please consider sponsoring the training of a service dog team or sponsor part of the operational cost of Project Delta. Click the sponsor link to learn more.

    Sponsor
  • 4

    Donate

    All donations will go toward helping to defer the cost of training our service dog teams. An alternative option of donation, without it costing you anything, includes our Amazon Smile membership. More details on our Donate Page. Also, please see our GIVE TO THE MAX MN link on the donate page.

    DONATE
At Project Delta, we understand the challenges citizens and corporations face in today’s economy. We also recognize the countless charitable organizations looking for your donations. Therefore, we greatly appreciate the thoughtful consideration you have given to support the veterans that have sacrificed so much and the dogs that want nothing more than an opportunity to love and serve. We believe deeply in the difference we can make in providing this life-saving opportunity to unite a warrior with post-traumatic stress (PTS) and a shelter dog. We promise to use your generous donation to directly benefit our sevice dog teams.

PLEASE NOTE: Project Delta DOES NOT use fundraising agencies. Only this website or our event donation pages are legitimate and secure fundraising sites for Project Delta, Inc. Unfortunately, we have been notified of an entity called, “Professional Fundraising Association,” posing as a fundraising service for Project Delta. This activity is occurring primarily in Oklahoma. Please be advised this is a fraudulent, completely unauthorized agency. Please contact us with any concerns or request for clarification.

Contact Us

Contact Us

We want to hear from you!

Email

patti@project-delta.org
 

Address

P.O. Box 43490
Brooklyn Park MN 55443

Phone

Main: 763.229.7083
Fax: 1-800-511-7501

Project Delta is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  EIN#: 81-2180653

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