National Association for Home Care & Hospice Helps Lead Efforts to Celebrate Frederick Douglass’s Birthday
February 18, 2014 11:55 AM
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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 12, 2014) – February 14 marks the 196th birthday of Frederick Douglass, notable statesman, orator, civil rights advocate, and former slave. To mark the occasion of his birth, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris, who founded the Caring Institute and Frederick Douglass Museum, issued the following statement:
“Mr. Douglass is the quintessential personification of the American spirit,” said Val J. Halamandaris. “This is evident in the way in which he transcended his birth as a slave, taught himself to read and write, and became one of America’s greatest orators. His story is an inspiration to men and women around the world.”
The Caring Institute, an affiliate of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice, operates the Frederick Douglass Museum & Caring Hall of Fame, a historic building where Douglass lived from 1871 to 1878. Located in the heart of Capitol Hill, the museum was the famed statesman’s first home in Washington, DC. Douglass embodied the spirit of caring, as the Caring Institute reminds the public every February when it celebrates his birth.
Many memorabilia of his life are located at the museum, now restored to its original splendor and reopened as a tribute to caring past and present. It is currently home to exhibits honoring its former occupant and the very special people of his spirit who have received a Caring Award. This honor is given each year to the world’s most caring adults and young adults. Like Douglass, they’re committed to doing the right thing on behalf of justice, equality, and human rights.
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a non-profit organization that represents the nation’s 25,000 home care and hospice organizations. NAHC also advocates for the more than two million nurses, therapists, aides and other caregivers employed by such organizations to provide in-home services to some 12 million Americans each year who are infirm, chronically ill, disabled and dying. Along with its advocacy, NAHC provides information to help its members provide the highest quality of care and is committed to excellence in every respect. To learn more about NAHC visit www.nahc.org.
About Caring Institute
The Caring Institute’s mission is to promote the values of caring, integrity, and public service. It was founded in 1985 by Val J. Halamandaris after a meeting with Mother Teresa, who told him there was a poverty of the spirit seen in the developed world that was much worse than the poverty of the body seen in the third world. When she directed him to do something about it, he founded an awards program that identifies those who give back to society in outstanding ways and then holds them up as role models for all. The Caring Institute is a 501(c) (3) charitable organization and all donations are tax deductible by law.