FA&E partner John Altomare, current Chair of the Seven Hills Foundation Board of Directors, does not just give lip service to the Seven Hills Global Outreach (SHGO). He recently traveled to Guatemala and, on a separate trip, to Haiti with other volunteers to assist those in need.
In 2016 John responded to the needs of Zion Ministries, SHGO’s partner in Sierra Leone. Zion Ministries supports the Bo region and its 23 rural communities. John traveled to Sierra Leone with Seven Hills’ President and CEO, Dr. David A. Jordan. There, he provided assistance with the area’s energy and water systems, as well as its schools.
Through the Forward in Health organization that John has been associated with for some time, he traveled to Haiti with nineteen other volunteers in November 2017. The group helped open five medical clinics in response to the devastating effects of Hurricane Matthew. They helped to provide emergency services, focusing on the region’s need for health, education, and economic opportunity. “What struck me about our recent trip was the similarity to situations around the globe, like that of Bandawa,” John said. “Without addressing basic needs and building sustainability of those services—the right formula—any assistance is temporary. What Dr. Jordan has built with his SHGO partners is different. It’s a solid foundation for sustainability; that foundation is what sustains my own support for SHGO.”
Dr. Jordan has nothing but praise for John. “When I asked John to travel with me to Ghana and Sierra Leone to assist children and mothers—representing hundreds of our Seven Hills staff—his response was ‘when do we go?’ He’s a trusted friend, a humanitarian and, as the current Chair of the Seven Hills Board of Directors, an advocate for all those we serve—here and abroad.”