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Union City nonprofit going strong after 30 years
by Christine Fonville
October 08, 2013 03:25 PM | 2055 views | 1 1 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff / Christine Fonville. From left, Janice Wright and Joan Butler at Southwest Christian Care, Union City.
Staff / Christine Fonville. From left, Janice Wright and Joan Butler at Southwest Christian Care, Union City.
Southwest Christian Care, a nonprofit for hospice patients, special needs children and senior care giving, is celebrating 30 years of service in Union City.

The facility provides all of its services at no cost to patients or their families.

Director of Development Janice Wright said although the facility came from humble beginnings, the nonprofit has always had helping those in need as its No. 1 priority.

“The hospice care began in 1983 with a few volunteers helping with home care and the completion of our hospice intake center in 1987 made us the first hospice facility in Georgia,” she said.

The organization and facility has expanded since then to include respite care for families with special needs children as well as a day ministry and care program for senior adults with varying degrees of memory loss.

Wright said the nonprofit is planning to build a housing unit for adults with memory loss.

“Two of Southwest Christian Care’s founders, James Dyer and Byron Harper, both suffered with Alzheimer’s disease, so the DayBreak facility for seniors with memory loss is near and dear to our organization,” she said.

Although the programs and facility relies mostly on volunteers, Wright said many people who experience the care given to their loved ones want to help.

“After people see what we do and how we help the community, they want to give back,” she said.

Wright said many of the volunteers’ loved ones received hospice care at the facility. One of those volunteers, Joan Butler, said her late husband, Bill, was an avid volunteer at the center for about 20 years.

“He loved to volunteer here and now I do, too, because it’s very fulfilling to help others,” Butler said.

She said the hospice care her husband received through the center was “a blessing.”

Though the nonprofit started by caring for seniors in need, Wright said the respite program for families with special needs children has also become an important part of the facilities’ purpose.

“We started the respite program because we had many people in the community who reached out and showed an interest in a program like this,” Wright said.

The program, operated in the Hope House portion of the center, allows families to bring their special needs children to use equipment designed for them, like playground equipment, with the assistance of trained nurses and staff.

“I’ve come to learn that although some children may not be able to speak their emotions, they understand love and care and they love coming here because it’s a special place just for them,” Wright said.

The nonprofit's Upscale Resale Shoppes are located at 303 McDonough Road in McDonough and 31 Market Square Road in Newnan.

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