Community Hospice & Palliative Care Honors Dennis Childers and Melanie Collins with the Servant's Heart Award

Palatka, FL, June 16, 2024 --( Community Hospice & Palliative Care is proud to announce the recipients of the 4th annual Servant's Heart Award: Dennis Childers and the late Melanie Collins. The award ceremony, held on June 11, 2024, at the Larimer Arts Center, brought together community leaders, family, and friends to celebrate the extraordinary contributions of these two remarkable individuals.

The Servant's Heart Award is a prestigious honor recognizing individuals whose unwavering dedication to community service, education, and transformative initiatives embodies the true spirit of giving. Both Dennis Childers and Melanie Collins exemplify these values through their profound impact on their communities and the countless lives they have touched.

"Community Hospice & Palliative Care acknowledges individuals who share our values and are dedicated to serving the community," said Billie Dodd, Regional Director of Alivia Care, the parent company of Community Hospice & Palliative Care. "It is a privilege and a source of pride to acknowledge these individuals publicly. Their commitment to enhancing the well-being of others in the community and advocating for the community aligns perfectly with our mission, vision, and values."

Dennis Childers, a North Florida humanitarian, has dedicated his life to service and community improvement. Born and raised in North Carolina, Dennis's career began in education and sports in Jacksonville before evolving into significant healthcare administration and marketing roles. His leadership in founding Missions to Maturity and establishing The Putnam Health Network showcases his commitment to enhancing community services and healthcare accessibility. His empathy for the underserved led him to establish God's Kitchen in 2015, a home-delivered meal program serving Putnam County residents. Today, God's Kitchen serves 110 clients daily and over 2000 meals a month, a testament to Dennis's vision and dedication. His story is of resilience, compassion, and relentless service, inspiring all who know him.

Melanie Collins, honored posthumously, dedicated her life to compassionate care and community service. A native of Jacksonville, Melanie pioneered hospice care, being the first hospice nurse in Putnam County. Melanie's commitment to her patients was unparalleled as a certified Hospice Palliative Care Nurse and Oncology Nurse. Her volunteer work with Community Hospice further underscores her life in service to others. Melanie's journey was marked by her dedication to education, earning degrees from Jacksonville University and the University of Central Florida. Her impact extended beyond her professional achievements to her active participation in her church, Bethel Assembly of God in Interlachen, and her love for gardening. Melanie Collins's legacy of care and compassion inspires her family, friends, and the broader community she so deeply touched.

These awards celebrate the extraordinary lives of Dennis Childers and Melanie Collins, reminding us of the profound impact individuals can have on their communities through selfless dedication and service.
Alivia Care, Inc.
Michelle Cardinal