Sharing Resources with the Local and Worldwide Community
Chaplain Matthew Hoffman, manager of Faith In Action Initiatives and Pastoral Care at Baylor Scott & White Health, wears many hats. On any given day, you will find him facilitating staff care programs for healthcare professionals facing compassion fatigue and burnout; training bilingual community Spiritual Care Volunteers; aiding hospitals in building/strengthening spiritual care programs; or helping supply medical needs for international humanitarian aid. Baylor Scott & White’s Faith In Action Initiatives (FIAI) program is multifaceted, designed to help bring compassionate care to those in need — both locally and internationally. Ten years ago, Baylor Scott & White, under the leadership of Don Sewell, Ph.D., started FIAI as a way of taking the values of our healthcare system beyond the walls of our facilities. Five years ago, Chaplain Hoffman led Baylor Scott & White to start FIAI’s Second Life Resource Center in Waco. Each week, pallets of medical supplies, equipment and furniture are sorted by volunteers and distributed to nonprofits. Since its opening, the Second Life Resource Center has donated an average of $3 million in-kind donations annually; putting good items to good work. Here are a few examples of non-profit organizations supported by the Second Life Resource Center: disaster relief organizations; international humanitarian aid and medical mission organizations; training the next generation of healthcare providers; local law enforcement and various first responders; supplying local free/low cost clinics; supplying beds, linens and various other items to homeless populations. If you would like to volunteer with Faith In Action Initiatives’ Second Life Resource Center or learn more, please contact Chaplain Hoffman at 254/202-1280 or Matthew.Hoffman@BSWHealth.org. The Second Life Resource Center is open every Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and then from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Faith in Action Initiatives
2911 Herring Avenue