is often what nursing home and assisted living residents face every day.
Because of the rapid growth of nursing homes in the late 1960's and early 1970's, Project Compassion was organized as a Christian ministry in 1972 (and incorporated in 1982) to respond to some vital but unmet needs of the nursing home residents. The first program developed under agency founder Rev. Edward H. Einem was the one-to-one volunteer visitation program.
Since then, Project Compassion 's services have expanded to address many other needs specific to nursing home residents, especially the agony of separation from family and community and the loss of personal identity and purpose. Hundreds of volunteers have been trained in the work of bringing much joy, comfort and new hope to residents. In the early 1990's a chaplaincy program was developed in which Project Compassion chaplains serve at nursing care and assisted living facilities on a fee basis.
Mission Statement of Project Compassion Ministries
• Affirms the dignity, worth and unique character of every person regardless of religious orientation;
• Works to enrich the quality of life of all people living in nursing care facilities, senior housing environments and those involved in their care, such as: family members, staff and volunteers.
• Is a non-profit community organization founded in 1972 and based on Christian values and a reverence for life.
• Provides comprehensive programs, services and activities that strive to bring a sense of wholeness to the spirit, mind and body.
Dr. Ingrid Draper, President
Director, Special Education
Detroit Public Schools (retired)
Mr. Lawrence Closurdo, Vice President
Willie Marie Henry, Treasurer
Supervisor of Mails, U.S. Postal Service (retired)
Mr. Gary Priskorn, Secretary
Minister of Family Life
Lutheran Church of the Redeemer; Birmingham, MI
Mrs. Norma J. Cain
Nursing Home Activity Director, BCBSM (retired)
Dr. Debra L. Closurdo
Associate Veterinarian, Moore Veterinary Hospital
Rev. Roosevelt Gray, Jr.
Urban/Cross Cultural & Campus Ministries, LCMS-MD