MANASQUAN, N.J. – Compassus recently sent a team of local medical volunteers, including Nichole Rowe of Manasquan, to assist Living Hope, the company’s sister hospice program in South Africa. The Compassus team, which included three physicians, four registered nurses, a social worker, hospice aide and bereavement coordinator, spent a week in Cape Town educating and assisting the Living Hope staff.
“I am grateful to Compassus for affording me the opportunity to see Living Hope in all its glory,” said Rowe, a managing clinical director at Compassus – Manasquan. “The Living Hope team is passionate about helping their community thrive, developing from within and restoring dignity.”
Through a partnership started in 2011, Compassus donates monetary aid, medical supplies and healthcare expertise to support Living Hope’s healthcare and hospice services in the impoverished township communities of Cape Town, South Africa.
“I will never forget the faces and stories from this trip. In such a short time, we were able to build strong relationships with the Living Hope team and share our thoughts on patient care and education,” continued Rowe. “Seeing God’s children in the clutches of poverty was overwhelming, but the hope that is present in the communities shows their resilience. Through a strong network of dedicated individuals, Living Hope is able to bring invaluable services directly to the point of need.”
Living Hope, a ministry-based non-profit, offers healthcare services, counseling and education to more than 200,000 underprivileged residents in Cape Town. Living Hope’s programs focus on improving general health and hospice care, HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention, and economic empowerment. Living Hope provides healthcare for more than 36,000 South Africans annually through in-home visits, medical clinics and a 22-bed inpatient hospice center.
Compassus supports Living Hope in three ways: funding, education and hands-on medical assistance. The company matches voluntary employee donations to the dollar every year and will also assist Living Hope with necessary medical supplies and equipment.
“As members of the hospice team, we have a calling to deliver compassionate care not only in our local communities, but also to those around the world. This partnership allows us the opportunity to do both,” said Lori Thompson, executive director for Compassus – Manasquan. “We are proud of our team of volunteers and the work they did on this recent trip, and look forward to continuing to support the program in the future. We encourage other organizations and individuals to join in the effort.”
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