National Association for Home Care & Hospice Celebrates Birthday of Frederick Douglass


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Barbara D. Woolley
National Association for Home Care & Hospice
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WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 14, 2015) —Val J. Halamandaris, president of the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) today called on all Americans to celebrate the 197th birthday of Frederick Douglass on February 14, 2015. As founder of the Frederick Douglass Museum & Caring Hall of Fame, Halamandaris has closely studied the life of this great abolitionist and activist for human rights.

“Frederick Douglass was a towering figure whose contributions have enriched the lives of men and women of goodwill throughout America and the world,” said Halamandaris. “His goals were always to do what was right, to serve God, and to benefit his fellow citizens. This commitment to the highest moral standards led him to become the nation’s conscience and a powerful force for peaceful, nonviolent change.”

Halamandaris offered the following reasons why Americans should honor his birth on February14, 1818.

  • Mr. Douglass showed he was the quintessence of the American spirit by the way he transcended his origins as a slave. The story of how he taught himself to read and write, then became one of the greatest orators in our nation, has inspired people around the globe.
  • Mr. Douglass played a central role in convincing President Abraham Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation, which freed the slaves and tipped the balance of power enough to save the Union.
  • Mr. Douglass was the person most admired by Lincoln, who is widely regarded as the most admired of all Americans. After Lincoln’s assassination, Mary Todd Lincoln recognized how much her husband had valued Douglass by sending him the walking stick Lincoln had used every day. It is now on display at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, located in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington, DC.
  • Mr. Douglass had no peer as an advocate for human rights, according to the people of his era and those who came after. The many famed figures he inspired included Mark Twain, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Booker T. Washington, Mahatma Gandhi, Hubert H. Humphrey, Martin Luther King, Jr., Nelson Mandela, Mary McLeod Bethune, and Dorothy Height.
  • Mr. Douglass was the nation’s most eloquent voice for equal rights for all. He fought tirelessly against discrimination on the basis of race, gender or color.

The Caring Institute, an affiliate of NAHC, 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 great statesman’s first home in Washington, DC. In his years at this iconic site, Douglass embodied the spirit of caring, as the Institute reminds the public each February when it marks his birth.

Many memorabilia of his life are still 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 every 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.

About NAHC
The National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC) is a nonprofit organization that represents the nation’s 33,000 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, and disabled. 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

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. To learn more about the Caring Institute, visit