Our History

The Compassionate Touch program was the brainchild of Dr. Bill Love, former director of Development for Lifeline Chaplaincy.  In his visits with patients and interactions with hospital social workers, Lifeline’s chaplain and Lifeline volunteers, be became increasingly aware of at many of the patients were coming to Texas Medical Center without adequate financial support for non-medical needs such as housing, food, transportation or parking.  Some of these patients and their families were sleeping in their cars or hospital lobbies and going without food.  The Compassionate Touch program was implemented to quickly alleviate in an organized and systematic way the temporary homelessness and hunger of these patients.