At Holy Angels, we take great pride in the community we serve and strive to meet the unique needs of the individuals in our care who call this home. In addition to providing a loving and caring environment for our residents, we are concerned corporate citizens and actively participate in many activities and organizations designed to instruct others about the residents of our community who are differently able. In addition to creating a mutual relationship of respect with members of the Gaston and Mecklenburg communities, we work to advance the understanding of our residents, ministry, mission and values through empathy training, awareness and education.
As such, we provide speakers for church, civic, business and other organizations to learn about the complex and comprehensive programs and services available to the residents of Holy Angels, as well as the opportunities for community involvement and support.
During the rigorous CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accreditation process, Holy Angels was commended for its collaborative community partnerships, its positive reputation in the community, and its Exemplary Conformance in Child and Adolescent Services.
Immanuel Home Partnership
Several years ago, Myers Park Presbyterian Church Outreach Ministries in Charlotte, N.C. invited staff from Immanuel Home in Debrecen, Hungary, a facility offering services for individuals with intellectual developmental disabilities, to visit Holy Angels. In more recent years, the church sponsored Holy Angels President/CEO Regina Moody and Chief Program Officer Kerri Massey to visit Immanuel Home. Although the pair was over 5,000 miles away from Holy Angels, both Moody and Massey felt at home as they kept their minds and hearts open to innovations in quality services and programs that enhance the lives of those served at Holy Angels. Signing a Partnership Covenant and planting a tree as a symbol of international friendship, the staff at Holy Angels continues to visit electronically with their friends in Hungary to explore shared learning opportunities.
Pride in Gaston County
Pride in Gaston County encourages all Gaston County third grade students to visit various locations within the community, including Holy Angels. Designed to promote pride in their home county, the students write essays about their experiences to share with family and friends about all they have learned. It’s the hope of Holy Angels staff that these opportunities will encourage great awareness throughout the community and inspire compassion for those with intellectual development disabilities.
Hands Around The School
In this unique partnership program, Holy Angels staff visits area schools to share about life at Holy Angels. This learning opportunity includes empathy training, fosters philanthropy and leads to an increased understanding that residents of Holy Angels are just like them – they simply need “helping hands.” Students, faculty and families help to raise money for Holy Angels by having donors contribute $1.00 to write their name on a paper hand that then forms a chain to represent how they are uniting to help those in need.
Run For The Money
Sponsored by the Community Foundation of Gaston County, the Run for the Money event promotes the work of the Holy Angels Foundation and the nonprofit community within Gaston County. Held annually in April, the race features a variety of activities with gifts to Holy Angels being matched by the Community Foundation.