Grand Strand Agape Shows Up in Force!

Posted by Shane Hubbard on October 31, 2013 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (122)

The Grand Strand Agape Team was proud to participate in the Walk to End Alzheimer's!


The Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s® is the nation’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s unites the entire community — family, friends, co-workers, social and religious groups and more --- in a display of combined strength and dedication in the fight against this devastating disease.



Posted by Kegan Kelley on October 31, 2013 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

Who can believe that today is Halloween and before we know it we will all be getting stuffed by our Thanksgiving celebrations.  The Rock Hill Assisted Living celebrated Halloween a little early this year.  On October 29th, we held our annual Trunk-or-Treat bash.  We had a record setting turnout with many people coming from the local community.  Our residents and their families truly had a great time and were still ranting about it the next day!  We had a special appearance by Bert from the Medical Mart, he told me Ernie was still busy at work, and our own chaplin couldn't stop "clowning around."  It was truly a SPOOKtacular event.

Agape Paints Loris Purple!

Posted by Shane Hubbard on October 30, 2013 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Agape painted the town of Loris, SC purple during the recent Loris Bog-Off Festival!

Take A Senior Fishing Day!

Posted by Mfloyd on September 24, 2013 at 7:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Want to put a smile on a Skiled Nursing Facility resident (or two, or three...)? Take them fishing!

It was a gorgeous day on Charleston Harbor when Agape Hospice joined Mt. Pleasant Manor residents for a morning of fishing at Mt. Pleasant Waterfront Park's Pier. Every resident caught a fish (thanks, Robbie!) and had a wonderful time in the cool fall weather.

This event is a highlight for many residents every Fall. Marianne Warren and Melanie Floyd of Agape Hospice of the Lowcountry had a wonderful time volunteering for the special event. Marrianne Warren had the biggest catch with a huge Red Fish!

Agape Hospice employees love to volunteer in our area facilities. Although Agape entities are throughout the state of South Carolina, Agape Hospice of the Lowcountry and Agape Senior Primary Care serve the tri-county areas of Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester. For more information, please call our office at 843-553-7122.

Bible Devotion at Methodist Manor

Posted by Colan Shiver on August 23, 2013 at 8:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Johnnie McLendon, chaplain for Agape Hospice in Florence, SC, conducts bible study at Methodist Manor.  The event was held in their skilled nursing facility and was attended by Colan Shiver, SSA, and Tom Whitt, a social worker for the Florence office.

Volunteer of the Year

Posted by Colan Shiver on August 23, 2013 at 8:25 AM Comments comments (0)

Cathy Cantey, Volunteer Coordinator for the Florence Agape Hospice office, is recognized for being the volunteer of the year for the Retirement Home Foundation.  The award was presented at The Carolinian on the 13th of August 2013.   

Whose Job Is It?

Posted by Shane Hubbard on July 1, 2013 at 10:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Two years ago I came to Agape (thank God) after working in a large corporate atmophere. Arriving early on my second morning, I opened my office and prepared to begin my day. I noticed a houskeeper sitting on a couch, consoling a female resident who was visibly distraught. I later learned that this resident had recently lost her husband, and that was why she was crying.

That scene comes back to my mind on a regular basis. Working for a differant company, this housekeeper might have been repremanded or even fired for parking her cart and perfoming outside her "job description."

To further complicate conventional reasoning, months later, I witnessed this same resident interrupt an event to point her finger in the housekeeper's face and accuse her of stealing. I now know that this was a regular occurrence caused by her mild dementia. It had happend many times, even before the act of kindness I first witnessed.

No, it was not in Trish's "job desciption" to stop her busy day to help someone feel better. But she was the one who was there and saw the need.

Since then I have seen this compassion for others throughout our Agape family. Scott Middleton, our CEO, says that very few things can set you out of favor with Agape. But, the phrase, "that's not my job" is one of them.

Think of what not only allowing but also encouraging employees to "wear a differant hat" does for the customer. Although many differant job titles and job descrptions exist within Agape, ultimately, we all are here to do one thing-- and that is to take care of the people who depend on us to do so.

A Volunteer I Am

Posted by Kimberly Brace on June 1, 2013 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Twenty-four hours in every day,

Where can I go to give some away?

For my time is a gift, my experience is gold,

All I desire is a small hand to hold.




A tear to wipe, a child to soothe,

A lonely patient to comfort when blue,

A harried worker to lend a hand to.




There’s no need for you to strike up a band,

For I rarely seek out the fanfare of man,

I simply have time to give quite away,

To all those in need, to brighten their day.




My time is my own.

I give it for free.

A volunteer I am.

A volunteer I’ll be.


- Eileen Thompson


Agape Hospice Hartsville Student Volunteer Offers Pet Therapy

Posted by Sobie Dixon on May 7, 2013 at 3:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Erin Knight, daughter of Agape Hospice Social Worker, Karen Knight, helps out in the Hartsville office helping patients in their homes and residents in local assisted livings.  Erin visits the patients with her pets and lets the patients and residents interact with them.  She has done this as a service project, and she says that she always sees a difference in the patients and residents by their reactions.  Erin stated that they always seem much happier after she gets there.

Leaf, Branch, or Root...Which One Are You?

Posted by michelle gallagher on February 3, 2013 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (176)

Back in 2007, I had the opportunity to go see Tyler Perry's play Madea Goes To Jail in Florence with 5 of my girlfriends. It was like going to a Comedy Club, a Concert, and a Church Revival all-in-one! It was incredible and for me, life-changing. Madea was in the middle of the play and then suddenly she would stop and Tyler Perry (in his deep voice) would take a few minutes to share a thought with his audience. The one that has stuck with me is the Tree Analogy. Tyler Perry described the people in his life as parts of a tree. Family, friends, acquaintances, work colleagues, business professionals, etc... they are all put into a particular category:

  • Leaves: Some people come into your lives and they are like leaves on a tree. They are fun & beautiful, and they even provide shade to cool you down, but they are only there for a season. Leaves will take what they need from the tree, but with the first strong wind, or storm, or cold winter... they blow away. No need to be angry at a leaf, it's just how they are made.
  • Branches: Some people come into your lives and they are like branches on a tree. They seem stronger than a leaf, but be very careful. They hang around through a few seasons, but too much weight, too heavy of a storm and they will snap when you least expect it. Test them out little by little, instead of just jumping on the branch. That way, you will know what they can and cannot handle. Again, don't be angry with a branch, it's just how they are made.
  • Roots: But if you can find a few roots in your lifetime, then you have found something special. Unlike leaves & branches, roots are hard to find because they don't want to be seen. Roots are there to hold you up, feed you, water you, give you what you need to live & flourish. When the winter comes, they are there. They will hold you up through the biggest of storms and strongest of winds. When the tree thrives, the roots are happy.

I use this everyday with all of the relationships in my life. I teach my children this and I will tell you why: Once you realize what people are & how they are made, you need to adjust your expectations for them accordingly. That way, you won't feel so let down or disappointed when the leaf blows or the branch breaks. That way, you know who you can share your storms with and who you can depend on. I am blessed beyond measure because I have quite a few roots in my life.

So I ask you... what kind of person are you? As we are submerged into the lives of patients who are experiencing the darkest storm of their life, in a time that is overwhelming for their families, when they need someone they can depend on... Do you have what it takes to be a Root?

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