NAHC, Caring Institute Lead Remembrance of Mother Teresa on Her 100th Birthday Aug. 26, 2010
Announce Multi-Pronged Campaign to Recognize and Honor This Extraordinary Individual
May 25, 2010 01:00 AM
Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), has announced a collaboration between NAHC and its affiliated nonprofit Caring Institute honoring Mother Teresa's 100th birthday on Aug. 26, 2010. As part of the effort, a 100-day countdown to Aug. 26 is now live on www.nahc.org and www.caring.org, and NAHC is accepting members' stories and reflections on what this saintly woman's ministry means to them and how it helped them choose a career in caregiving.
As a self-described home care and hospice nurse, Mother Teresa embodied the highest ideals of the caregiving profession. "We honor Mother Teresa for her unselfish devotion to the sick and dying," Halamandaris says. "She was the inspiration for the creation of the Caring Institute." The birth of the Caring Institute dates back to Halamandaris' first meeting with Mother Teresa in 1985.
"Mother told me there is a poverty of the spirit in the United States and the developed world that is far worse than the poverty of the body that is common to the third world," Halamandaris recounts. "She directed me to 'do something about it' and advised using the power of 'caring' -- the one-word summary of the Golden Rule, which runs through all the great religions of the world."
This is also the credo of the Caring Institute and fuels its mission to promote the values of caring, integrity, and public service. For the past 25 years, the Caring Institute has searched out the world's most caring people and elevated them as role models to be emulated by others (NAHC Report, 10/15/09).
Each year, the institute's trustees cast a secret ballot for five extraordinary adults and five outstanding young adults. These individuals are honored at the National Caring Awards and inducted into the Caring Hall of Fame, established by the Caring Institute in 1992 and located very symbolically just three blocks from the U.S. Capitol in the heart of Washington, DC. Caring Award winners embody the high ideals that Mother Teresa left behind.
:: To celebrate her undying spirit, the Caring Institute and NAHC are honoring Mother Teresa by:
Launching 100-day online counter tools ticking down to 100th birthday on Aug. 26, 2010 that are now live at www.nahc.org and www.caring.org.
Asking the president or prime minister of every nation to issue a proclamation honoring Mother Teresa for her life's work and her commitment to improving the quality of life for those she described as "the poorest of the poor -- the least among us."
Urging all members of Congress, governors, and mayors to issue a statement or resolution recognizing Mother Teresa on her 100th birthday.
Encouraging contributions that will assist the Missionaries of Charity in continuing Mother Teresa's work.
Working to erect a life-size statue of Mother Teresa in Washington, DC, based on the design of renowned sculptress, Blanche Baker. The Caring Institute plans to place this likeness alongside another statue of the great abolitionist Frederick Douglass, honoring the remarkable and lasting achievements of these individuals. Information on making a charitable donation to this effort is available at www.caringinstitute.org.
Collaborating with the PGA to honor Mother Teresa at the Home Care & Hospice First Tee Golf Tournament to be held at Pebble Beach Aug. 30 to Sept. 5, 2010.
Hosting a 100th birthday party for Mother Teresa at the Caring Hall of Fame, where those who knew or admired her can trade memories and share the lessons they learned.
Share Your Stories
In addition, NAHC is launching a campaign to ask home care and hospice nurses, aides, therapists, physicians, and executives to tell us what Mother Teresa means to them and how her example encouraged them to select a career caring for the aged, infirm, disabled, and dying. Mother Teresa didn't think of herself as simply a nun and the founder of the Missionaries of Charity; she also defined herself as a home care and hospice nurse for the needy. Her ideals and devotion are mirrored every day across the nation by the men and women who serve in the home care and hospice community, caring for so many who are often otherwise overlooked and forgotten.
:: If you would like to share a story of how Mother Teresa's ministry affected your life, please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.