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DHHS Cares: Volunteering in the State Operated Healthcare Facilities

Volunteering in the ADATCs

JULIAN F KEITH,  ADATC, Black Mountain, NC


In the past years, JFK ADATC staff has prepared a Holiday Program and served a special meal for patients in December. Each year, staff decorates the meal area and First Step Farm of WNC donates about 20 potted poinsettias for the decorating efforts. flower imageAfter the Holiday Party, the flowers are distributed to the housing units for the patients. As patients discharge, they are given the opportunity to take a plant with them.
When asking again this year if we could depend on First Step Farm for the flowers, we were advised that we always wish to remember ADATC and your patients at this time of year and are happy and pleased to be a part of your holiday efforts.
The plants are grown in the First Step Farm greenhouses and are part of their women’s sales program.


JFK maintains a clothes closet for its rehabilitation patients. Quite often, patients come to the facility with very few belongings, sometimes only the clothes that they are wearing. JFK staff is very involved in donating clothes to this cause and helping our patients with this need.volunteer image Dr. Tony Burnett is one of the many employees, and community members, that make these much needed donations to the clothes closet throughout the year.

Dr. Burnett shares this opportunity to give with his teenage daughters, who donate their own items to the closet, as well.



God’s Love of Pitt County

In March, 2002 Trudy Halstead returned from a mission trip to Honduras with a God given burden and vision to begin an effective and needed local outreach ministry in Pitt County, NC.  In faithful response, Trudy created God’s Love to help with the physical, material and especially spiritual needs in the local community.gods love image

God’s Love has become a catalyst for uniting churches, civic organizations and other local agencies to work together for God’s good by helping those who might be considered “the least” among us.  Furniture, household items, clothes, food, and all sorts of other goods are received daily and in turn given to those who are in need.

Ms. Trudy is truly an asset to Walter B. Jones ADATC.  She is a dedicated and compassionate community service volunteer who provides her time and many other resources to the individuals served at Walter B. Jones.  Ms. Trudy comes out every Thursday night from 6:30-7:30 to provide Worship services to the patients on the ACU.  Ms. Trudy is also instrumental in providing clothing donations and transportation to the patients of our facility per a referral system that the Social Work department oversees. She has always been there when we have called and we are truly blessed to have her as a part of our WBJ family. Ready NC Connect NC