BSA Hospice building donated to Faith City Mission

BSA Health System, Ardent Health Services and Ventas, Inc. have donated the BSA Hospice building to Faith City Mission.

BSA, owned by Ardent Health Services, arranged for the donation of the property, which is owned by Ventas, Inc. The property was one of several acquired in a portfolio by Ventas, Inc. from Ardent in 2015.

The BSA Hospice building, at 600 N. Tyler St., was home to the first program in the Texas Panhandle dedicated to the care of terminally ill patients. Sister Olivia Prendergast recognized the community need and established BSA Hospice in 1980. In April 2016, BSA Hospice merged with Hospice of the Southwest. The building has been vacant since that time, and BSA has been researching options for its use.

"To honor Sister Prendergast's vision we were seeking a grantee that would use the building to help people and Faith City Mission certainly does that," said Bob Williams, President/CEO at BSA. "When our partners at Ventas learned about the work of Faith City Mission, they agreed to donate the building to them."

The donation of the 25,000 sq. ft. building affords Faith City the opportunity to expand their support and outreach programs.

Faith City Mission has assembled a task force to develop a plan and timeline for moving into the new space. They plan to add a commercial kitchen, then the group which served more than 78,000 meals in 2016, will begin serving meals from the BSA Hospice Building. Faith City is the only agency in the area to serve three meals a day, six days a week.

All six of Faith City's programs will either move to or use the building in some capacity. The BSA Hospice Building will house the Emergency Shelter which provides food, clothing, shelter and showers for Amarillo's homeless community. There will be a separate wing for men and women. The current men's dorm houses up to 38 men who share two bathroom stalls and a community shower. After the move, each dorm room will have its own bathroom and shower.

"We are so thankful for this amazing gift," said Jena Taylor, Executive Director of Faith City Mission. "We are looking forward to enjoying the wonderful chapel, green grass and courtyards which is not something we have at our current location."

The building will also house additional meeting spaces for Faith City's programs, housing for staff and administrative offices.

Dick and Bea Hogan started a mission in a small rented building in downtown Amarillo 65 years ago. Today, Faith City Mission provides Amarillo a diverse continuum of support, including emergency shelter, food and clothes to the homeless, addiction discipleship programs and employment-finding services. Faith City Mission serves approximately 250 free meals a day and houses more than 17,000 people every year.


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