Common values, common mission

by Carol Anne Lawler, HPCCR Faith Community Educator

summer campProgressive Baptist Church on West Avenue in Charlotte is a true friend of our organization.  Their pastor, affectionately called Pastor Mack, invited me to speak at their Wednesday night Bible study earlier this year.  I clearly remember the evening, as it had just begun to snow, and they wouldn’t even consider canceling the meeting!  They also hosted a “lunch ‘n’ learn” for us in March, a community-wide seminar entitled “What Hospice Can Do for You”, and one of the seminar’s participants recently became a hospice volunteer.

Just yesterday, I happened to be in the neighborhood, so I thought I’d stop by and say hello.  Precious, Pastor Mack’s daughter, church administrator, and now camp director, invited me next door to the recreation center, and I was most surprised at what I saw.  Progressive Baptist has opened its doors to the community and has organized a camp for 125 children, ages 4 to 17, Monday-Friday from 9am-5 pm for all nine weeks of the summer!  Although the cost to attend the camp is minimal, the skills the children are learning will be with them for a lifetime.

This week’s theme is selfishness.  They are learning what it is, how to minimize it, and how to cultivate generosity.  In addition to instruction, playing games, and participating in classes, they also receive breakfast, lunch, and snacks.  The children of west Charlotte are being well-taken care of by this caring faith community.

Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region is proud to have an association with Progressive Baptist Church.  They remind us of the importance of living out one’s values in thought, word, and deed.  From the beginning of life to life’s end, Progressive Baptist believes in making a difference among the lives around them and also understands the importance of compassionate end-of-life care.

Our mutual relationship reminds me of what drives Hospice & Palliative Care Charlotte Region.  Among our core values: we hold the delivery of quality compassionate patient and client services as our highest calling; we act with integrity and dependability, and follow through in all aspects of our work.  Our relationship with Progressive Baptist Church deepens our own mission and values and continues to highlight the importance of a shared partnership that affects those we are privileged to serve.

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