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Kim and Don Eckenroth with their son Tyler and Bentley.
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From our Family to Yours

In 1994, Gentle Shepherd Hospice started a small, local and family-owned business with a vision to provide the very best hospice care available in a manner that exemplifies Christ’s life and ministry. Over time, we have expanded to meet the growing hospice needs of our patients, families and communities. Gentle Shepherd now serves Roanoke, Lynchburg, Smith Mountain Lake and surrounding areas.

Gentle Shepherd has been blessed with a highly experienced care team who never ceases to amaze us by going above and beyond the basics to love and care for those we serve. We treasure our family of dedicated healthcare and administrative professionals, and we know you will too.

— Don and Kim Eckenroth

Our mission and purpose is to provide our patients with the best hospice care available in a manner that exemplifies Christ’s ministry while he was on earth. This has always been our philosophy and practice, and it is our continued commitment and promise to you.

We Live to Give

For Gentle Shepherd Hospice founders, Don and Kim Eckenroth, this statement reflects our core values, our mission and our ministries. Whether we are caring for those at the end of life here in central and southwest Virginia or meeting critical physical and spiritual needs of children and families in East Africa – we aspire to serve with unwavering compassion, care and hope, just as Jesus did during his time with humanity.

Since the very beginning of Gentle Shepherd, Don and Kim have devoted significant time and financial resources to ministries, missions and community organizations. In partnership with them as the “hands and feet of Christ,” we have served millions of people around the world.

To learn more about our community support, outreach and mission work, visit our Causes and Communities page. And if you also “Live to give,” please join us in serving others!

Life Africa Mission Project (LAMP)

In 2014, Gentle Shepherd Hospice and New Life Christian Ministries have joined forces to establish the Life Africa Mission Project (LAMP) in the Mbale region of Uganda. Since then, the mission has touched the lives of thousands of children and adults through nutrition programs, medical care and introducing the gospel.

With faith, unwavering dedication, steadfast leadership and consistent financial support, the mission has become a beacon of hope in rural East Uganda and a model for addressing the crippling effects of poverty and diminished natural and financial resources.

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