Charles is a soft spoken gentleman who is easy to befriend. He was employed as a gardener, but lost his job when he became ill with diabetes. Along with his job, Charles lost his health insurance.
He arrived one Wednesday evening at a Shepherd’s Hope Health Center, seeking care and hope. Charles came with his gangrened foot wrapped in a plastic garbage bag, and it was immediately apparent that he needed critical emergency care. Above and beyond the call of duty, a volunteer nurse drove Charles, who was without transportation and resources, to the emergency room. Charles was admitted immediately, underwent amputation of two toes and spent two weeks in the hospital. The same caring Nurse Volunteer visited with him at the hospital, lending her support for his recovery. Since then, Charles has “adopted” that Shepherd’s Hope Health Center, and the Health Center volunteers have adopted him.