Project Compassion began when Gloria White went to visit a friend living in a nursing home in 1972. She was stunned by the loneliness of many residents who had no family or friends able to come visit them. One-to-one visitation is still the heartbeat of the organization today. Our mission is “to bring joy, companionship, and quality of life to residents in nursing homes and long term care facilities,” especially those with no friends or family that are able to come visit them.
What We Do: Our mission is to provide joy, companionship and quality of life to Residents in Long Term Care and Retirement Facilities.
How: Over 300 volunteers provide one-to-one visitation, assist with group activities such as cards, crafts, bingo, and pet and music therapies. There is never a fee for our services
We also provide clothing protectors (bibs) to help maintain residents’ dignity at mealtime. During the Easter season, bunnies are taken to area nursing homes to let residents know they are not forgotten. Our annual holiday gift drive, Hearts of Gold strives to provide a meaningful Christmas gift to every resident in every facility we serve. Gift ideas include pajamas, robes, slippers, lap robes, etc. For many residents, especially those with no family, these may be the only new items they receive that year
Where We Serve:
Arkansas: Fort Smith, Van Buren, Greenwood, Alma, Barling, Charleston,
Mena, Paris, Ozark
Oklahoma: Poteau, Arkoma
History: Project Compassion was founded in 1972, the dream of Gloria White, who saw the need for a one-to-one visitation program for the residents in nursing homes who had neither family nor friends to care for them, love them, to be their friend. This outreach proved to be so successful that the nursing homes began to ask for additional projects to fill the spiritual, emotional, and social needs of the residents. more…
Our Values and Beliefs
- It is easy for productive members of society to overlook nursing home residents and their basic needs.
- No one should live or die alone in a nursing home.
- Society defines itself by how it cares for those who are dependent: the young, the old, and the infirm.
- The need to belong, to be of value to others, to care about some one else and to be cared about by another can be met by volunteers, who are not paid to do what they do.
- Nursing home residents deserve respect for the contributions they have made to society.
- We work to help those who cannot help themselves.