History

Gloria White

Gloria White

Fort Smith founded and Fort Smith based, the organization is dedicated to the dream-come-true of the founder, the late Gloria White, who worked tirelessly to see that no nursing home resident should live or die alone.

Project Compassion began in 1972 as a volunteer one-to-one visitation program. Today, this focus is still the heartbeat of the organization.

Project Compassion volunteers talk with residents, listen to them, encourage them to reminisce and maintain interest in people, activities and events in the nursing home. Some volunteers provide music therapy, pet therapy and help residents with bingo, crafts and other group activities.

The Hearts of Gold collection at Christmas provides lap quilts, pajamas, sweaters and other warm clothing and needed items to residents, especially those without family.

Project Compassion also gives out bunnies during Easter and furnishes clothing protectors to maintain resident’s dignity during during mealtimes.

 

 

CURRENT BOARD MEMBERS 2014:


Sr. Judith Marie Keith   Board President
Betty Coots   Vice President
Jo Harper   2nd Vice President
Pat Fellner   Treasurer
Sr. Elise Forst   Secretary
Marie Arnold   Board Member
Carmelita Adams   Board member
Jean Fleming   Board member
Linda Hamilton   Board member
Toni Holderfield   Board member
Chris Melton   Board member
Judge Paul Post   Board member
David Roberts   Board member
Dr. Eric Stein   Board Member