The name is somewhat misleading. The Masonic Hospital Visitation Program is, without a doubt, the finest public relations program ever undertaken by the Masonic fraternity. The Masonic Service Association of North America deems this program their major relief work.
It is much more than merely “visitations” to the disabled and lonely patients in V.A. Hospitals, State Veterans Homes and Extended Care Facilities. It is the rendering of personal services to all our sons and brothers, Masons and Non-Masons alike, who now need someone to turn to for encouragement and to make life a little more pleasant.
Little things mean a lot. A friendly smile, a warm handclasp, an embrace and a kind word can do wonders for those who are lonely and depressed in a hospital or a nursing home.
The Hospital Visitation Program is a vital part of the Fraternity that deserves your attention and needs your immediate help.
A video, “Are Ye Able?” has been produced, which provides a contemporary view of MSA’s Hospital Visitation Program.
The goal of the video is to inform the Masonic world, as well as non-Masonic audiences, about the tremendous work of Masonic volunteers as they provide assistance for our Military Veterans at more than 150 VA Medical Centers and other Veterans’ homes around the country. It is also intended to serve as a method to recruit new volunteers.
Copies of the video on a DVD are available at no charge by contacting the MSA office for use in Masonic districts or regions, where it can be shown multiple times to a variety of groups. The actual filming of the video was done at the VA Medical Center in Augusta, Georgia, and many of the spokespersons are Georgia Masons. But the content is generic and appropriate for any state or Grand Lodge.
MSA is also proud of the assistance received from the Grand Lodge of Minnesota and is thankful for a grant from Minnesota Masonic Charities that made the production possible.