Paws to Comfort
 
 

It’s more than a book, it’s about creating a culture of comfort.

Meet the people behind the book, Paws to Comfort: author Jen Marr with designer Skye Quinn, and the team at Inspiring Comfort, a social good company working to strengthen comforting connections one person at a time.

Meet author Jen Marr
Meet contributor and designer Skye Quinn

Discover Inspiring Comfort and its mission
Read each founders’ answer to “Why I inspire comfort?”

▪︎ Mary Perry
▪︎Jill Bornstein
▪︎Jen Marr

 

 

JEN MARR

Founder & Author

To Jen Marr, strangers are just friends she hasn’t met yet. This natural gift has led Jen to a vocation of crisis response, healing and comfort, which has impacted the lives of thousands of people across the United States.

Just about everything Jen has done started with a blank piece of paper, much like this book. Building and creating programs, companies and teams is her strength. Founding Inspiring Comfort to teach and equip people how to comfort others is one of her greatest passions. 

In January 2013, Jen formed the first LCC K-9 Comfort Dog team in Connecticut and was there as part of the recovery at Sandy Hook Elementary School for the days, weeks, months and years following the tragedy. As a member of several crisis response teams covering Western Connecticut and Westchester/Putnam Counties in New York, Jen worked with school administrators to find the most effective ways to incorporate comfort strategies in the many facets of short term and long term trauma response. 

She leads development of Inspiring Comfort’s evidence-based programs and offerings. She is a frequent speaker on how comfort can be taught as a skill and the importance of comfort in suicide prevention and mental health. 

Jen felt compelled to write this book, Paws to Comfort, after realizing that, yes, comforting can be awkward, but it is critical to our society’s connectedness and it is an evidence based skill that can be taught in a simple way.

She is a trained Stephen Minister and a certified speaker, trainer and coach with the John Maxwell Team. She lives in Great Falls, VA with her husband David and daughters, Erika, Ashlyn and Audrey.

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Jen Marr, founder of Inspiring Comfort LLC and author of Paws to Comfort

 

 
 

SKYE QUINN

Contributor & Designer

Skye Quinn is the Senior Design Coordinator at TIME, where she has been involved in producing its iconic weekly covers since 2005.

During her tenure at TIME, Skye has styled several TIME book projects including Mindfulness, How Dogs Think, The Science of Emotions, Secrets of Longer Living, Discovering Heaven: How Our Visions of the Afterlife Shape How We Live Today, the 100 Most Influential Images of All Time and over a dozen others.

In addition to her work at TIME, she has also designed and photo-edited books for Simon & Schuster and Random House.

She was attracted to working with Jen on Paws to Comfort seeing the need to communicate the role that dogs play in teaching us all how to comfort others and realizing that everyone around her could benefit from learning this skill. 

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Skye has a MA in Graphic Communications Management and Technology from NYU.

For the past nine years, Skye has served on the Board of Directors for Irish American Writers and Artists, a non-profit organization committed to encouraging peaceful positive social change in all oppressed and struggling communities by fostering outreach, solidarity, understanding and active cooperation through the arts.

Skye lives in Peekskill, New York with her husband Tony.

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Skye Quinn, contributor and designer of Paws to Comfort

 

 
 

INSPIRING COMFORT, LLC

The Organization

Inspiring Comfort, LLC is a social good company that teaches and equips people of all ages with the skills to create compassionate connections in order to awaken empathy and comfort those who are hurting and isolated. Our aim is to help reverse the increasing societal trends of anxiety, depression, loneliness and social isolation, and help those who desperately need to know that someone cares. 

Our inspiration  came from our work  with comfort dogs in crisis response settings and all they can teach us about comfort and connection. Like dogs, humans are born comforters, but the harshness of life can suppress this natural instinct.

We teach the skill of comfort through evidence based, hands-on programs, workshops and speaking events. Equipping people to bring comfort and a personal connection to those who are hurting. Through practiced steps, participants learn by doing. By intentionally helping others when it’s awkward and difficult, we not only help them, but we help ourselves. 

Founded by Jen Marr, with Co-Founders Mary Perry and Jill Bornstein, the team watched as the pace of life, use of technology and handheld devices led to a decline in the ability to form lasting and meaningful relationships. They were inspired to create a real and tangible solution to counter this growing crisis which is resulting in the growing trend of social isolation and loneliness. Believing there is too much to lose if this trend isn’t reversed, and our communities re-built, they are working passionately to reach and equip as many people as possible to re-ignite compassionate one-to-one connections and meaningful comfort in our world

Inspiring Comfort’s founders (left to right) Jill Bornstein, Mary Perry, and Jen Marr


 

Why I Inspire Comfort

MARY PERRY

Every day, I see a culture where people are hurting, whether suffering from grief, trauma, anxiety, fear or depression and they feel unconnected, invisible and alone. I see a culture that has lost its way in its ability to connect and comfort each other. However, I can also imagine a world where these people who feel isolated, are compassionately comforted by those around them, who see them, and know what the skill of comfort is all about, and a real difference is made in a life. That is the world I can imagine living in, that is the world our children and their children deserve to live in. That is why I Inspire Comfort.          

 

JILL BORNSTEIN

Every day there seems to be a new solution, new technology, new approach to solving society's issues. It’s easier than ever to tear a person down on social media without facts. Trauma and pain from senseless acts. “Perfect lives” but broken and hurting hearts. More, better, faster is the mode. An app or technology can make life easier but doesn't solve the emptiness in people's hearts. Learning the skill of comfort and creating compassionate intentional person-to-person connections, with those who need it, when they need it, can. The triumph comes when the unnoticed boy pauses to give a powerful message of appreciation and comfort to the unnoticed janitor at his school. Both noticed — both matter. That is why I Inspire Comfort.    

 

JEN MARR

I am passionate about helping those with hurts that go unacknowledged. When I hear of another suicide or I hear from a teen who feels they have no purpose or hope. I want to do more. Or when I speak with an employee who can’t take the pressure of “faking it” anymore, wishing desperately that someone would see their pain. I want to do more. When a person grieving feels that people want them to “move on and get over it”. I want to do more. Every time I watch someone disconnected from the world with headphones on and their face in a screen, completely unaware of the people and the pain around them and yet hurting so badly themselves. I want to do more. That is why I Inspire Comfort.