Camp. Just seeing that word or hearing about camp brings back all kinds of memories I have of growing up and going to a camp up in the mountains. I went for years and honestly it is among the sweetest memories I have of my childhood. Once again the experience of hiking nature trails or taking boat rides or enjoying the company of friends outdoors can be enjoyed by the precious people of Holy Angels in Belmont.
The residents of Holy Angels are able to return to Camp Hope this summer after a three year hiatus for major renovations and improvements. “We are thrilled to be returning to Camp Hope. This recreational facility provides an excellent opportunity for our residents to enjoy the great outdoors” said Holy Angels CEO Kerri Massey.
I have had the honor of working with Holy Angels for about fifteen years now. I come when they need an announcer for this or that. Really I just love being around the residents and the people that make their lives full, enriched, safe, healthy and happy. It was founded in 1955 by the Sisters of Mercy. It is a private, nonprofit corporation located in Belmont, NC and provides residential services and programs for children and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities and delicate medical conditions.
Camp Hope is 15 acres of beautiful lakeside property on the SouthFork River, purchased in 1992 under the vision and leadership of the amazing Regina Moody. They invited me out there to take a look and I could not stop smiling. I could almost feel the joy and hear the laughter. The renovations there made possible by generous grantors and donors. The residents get to go back July 18. I am so happy for them. And so grateful to the people that made it all possible.