“…UNCG graduate and congregational nurse coordinator at Cone Health Systems [Lelia Moore] was announced today as the News & Record’s Woman of the Year during a sold-out Women to Women luncheon…
The event, sponsored by the Women to Women Endowment Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, provides help to improve the lives of women and their families…
Moore nurtured the Congregational Nurse Program to life at Cone Health, which pairs health care professionals and faith communities for health education, screenings and consultations. The free Missions of Mercy dental clinics she coordinates locally — where people show up days in advance and form long lines — have provided care for 2,012 people, with an estimated value of more than $1 million.
Recently, Moore used a donor’s gift to Cone Health to help establish Healing Opportunities for People Experiencing Sickness, which provides transitional care to discharged homeless hospital patients — such as nurses and social workers to check on them, hotel rooms and connections…”
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I met Lelia in fall 2007, when we were members of the first Guilford Academy of Substance Abuse Recovery Advocates. In the years since then, I’ve been so grateful for the work of Cone’s Congregational Nurses in caring for the homeless people that our StreetWatch team also serves, and the assistance of one of those nurses in particular has been invaluable to us. I’m so thankful to Lelia for her work with the Congregational Nurses Program. What a huge gift they are to our homeless services system in Greensboro!
I recently got to serve on a planning grant committee with Lelia, and it was a blessing to get to see her smiling face again. I’m so pleased to hear that she’s the recipient of the News & Record’s Woman of the Year Award. She’s not the type to seek glory for herself and she works to serve the poor and homeless on their behalf and not her own. God honors that kind of service and that kind of heart. Congratulations, Lelia, and may the Lord continue to bless you and your work and ministry in this city.
I want to also acknowledge Sharon Sumner and Craig Thomas, who were among the finalists for the award, and who serve in Christian ministries to homeless people in Greensboro. From the News & Record article:
Also, Sheron K. Sumner, the executive director of StepUp Ministry, who started the Hot Dish and Hope collaboration of churches to provide fellowship and meals to the homeless or hungry two days a week; and Craig Thomas, executive director of Mary’s House, one of the few transitional homes for formerly homeless women in addiction recovery and their children.
Thank you and God bless you, ladies!