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Hendrickson Hope Foundation supports College of Pharmacy summer mission trip

Kim Chaudoin  | 

College of Pharmacy Dean Tom Campbell with Trey and Alisa Hendrickson for a presentation of a gift for an upcoming mission trip.

A hallmark of the College of Pharmacy is serving others. This month, a mission team from the College of Pharmacy will travel to Honduras to continue its long standing work with Jovenes En Camino’s children’s home. 

Recently the College of Pharmacy received a $15,000 gift from the Hendrickson Hope Foundation to help fund a portion of this trip.The Hendrickson Hope Foundation was founded by P4 student pharmacist Alisa Hendrickson and her husband, Trey, current NFL Pro Bowl defensive end for the Cincinnati Bengals. The mission of the foundation is to change the lives of youth “by providing foster children resources, advocating for families to adopt these children, and serving with local, national, and international missions to reach underserved youth populations with a focus on health, food insecurity and resources.” 

“My husband and I decided to partner with Lipscomb on this mission trip because it aligns with our calling to reach underserved youth around the world. The unique aspect of this trip is how it will encompass the overall wellbeing of the children of Jovenes En Camino by addressing healthcare, food, and resources,” said Hendrickson. 

“As a pharmacy student, I have a passion for caring for others through healthcare, and this mission trip will reach so many young individuals in their time of need,” she continued. “As an athlete, my husband strives to share the hope that anyone is capable of accomplishing anything they put their minds to. We had heard about the impact this trip has had in years past, and are excited to see the miraculous work of God through this mission trip.”

Jovenes En Camino houses a clinic and pharmacy co-funded by the pharmacy programs at Lipscomb University and Belmont University. A group of 14 faculty, students and alumni will head to Honduras July 29-Aug. 5 to serve the residents of Jovenes and to provide medical care to families in need in the surrounding area. The Hendrickson Hope Foundation gift will provide much-needed medications for the clinic and also provide food bags that will be delivered by the mission team to families in need. Each food bag provides essential food products, such as rice and beans, that can feed a family for two to three weeks. 

“When this trip was organized, I immediately thought of The Hendrickson Hope Foundation,” said Tom Campbell, dean of the College of Pharmacy. “I approached Trey and Alisa and told them about what we wanted to accomplish with our trip to Jovenes En Camino. They responded that this was perfectly aligned with the foundation's goals and made the generous gift toward our mission efforts. We are grateful for the generosity of Alisa, Trey and the foundation. Lives will be blessed as a result of this trip.”

Jovenes En Camino was founded in 2004 to provide a loving home and better future to young boys living in extreme poverty. Honduras is the second poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Located 25 miles southeast of Tegucigalpa, Honduras in El Zamarano, Jovenes houses boys who are either orphans, have been rescued from extremely abusive situations, or have been forced into the streets by parents who are unable or unwilling to provide for them. While some shelters provide for the immediate physical needs of these children, Jovenes en Camino strives to minister to the complete person by providing the boys’ physical, mental, emotional, educational and spiritual needs.

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