Joe Howard: Adult Volunteer of the Year
Rev. Joe Howard has been volunteering at Harlan Health and Rehabilitation Center in Harlan, Ky., for 21 years. He visits every Monday to lead church services and visit residents. Howard makes himself available to provide support and spiritual guidance when residents and their families go through difficult times. Many staff members have his phone number. He also visits residents in the hospital.
Rachel Eubank, MD, an attending physician at the center, says, “Rev. Howard’s service to our community is unparalleled.” His presence is felt throughout the town by community members of all ages, she says. He organizes two summer Bible camp getaways for the youth in the community.
Howard goes out of his way to make residents feel cared for. He buys flowers for every mother in the nursing center on Mother’s Day, officiates baptisms, funerals, and recently a wedding between two residents who fell in love. Howard is not just a minister to residents, but a friend who provides comfort and joy.
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