SCARBOROUGH, Maine – Compassus recently sent a team of local medical volunteers, including Rollande Legere, CNA, of Scarborough, to assist the company’s sister hospice program in South Africa, Living Hope. The Compassus team, which included four registered nurses, a physician, two social workers and a chaplain, spent a week in Cape Town educating and assisting the Living Hope staff.
“Traveling to South Africa as part of the Living Hope team has been a journey of a lifetime,” said Legere, a hospice aide with Compassus – Scarborough. “As 10 strangers from across the country gathered together at the Living Hope team house, we ventured out with the compassionate team members of Living Hope to journey into their world. I am so grateful Compassus gave me this opportunity and experience.”
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.
“We witnessed how they empower, educate and equip the wonderful people they are blessed to meet,” said Legere. “From the walks in the townships with the carers (hospice aides) to the bedside of the dying; from the singing and dancing with the children to the poor and needy; from devotions with substance abuse survivors to setting up clinics for free screenings for HIV, diabetes and blood pressures, we prayed and gave thanks. As they taught us their ways, we taught them our ways through workshops given by our team.”
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 also 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 Patricia Garson, executive director for Compassus –Scarborough. “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.”
For more information about Compassus or its services, visit www.compassus.com or call (207) 761-6967.