The first Bless Back team was mobilized in response to the devastating earthquake that struck Haiti in January 2010. An urgent call was issued for medical providers, and a local Physician Assistant, George Collins, was moved to action. He quickly recruited a group of 22 colleagues and friends who traveled to Haiti just two weeks after the earthquake. The team worked tirelessly treating critically injured patients, and were astounded by the lack of available healthcare infrastructure. George returned with a vision for an organization that could invest in basic medical care to bring relief to those who were suffering. For our medical providers, it opened the door for them to fulfill their calling in ways they had always dreamed.
After meeting the initial crisis care needs, Bless Back recognized that it was time to transition to long term, sustainable projects. The focus expanded to education, community infrastructure and economic development based on goals that would bring lasting impact to the Haitian community. In 2012, Bless Back reached into Nicaragua with a similar focus, and soon after, made a commitment to serve those here in the Charlotte area.
Today, Bless Back continues to be a grass-roots, volunteer run organization. Through targeted investments of talents and resources, we hope to train and empower local leaders to bring transformation to their communities from within. The passion of our 800 + volunteers, who support our work through funding, project planning, and in-country service, is the lifeblood of our ministry. Bless Back strives to be a faithful conduit for people, both near and far, to engage their passions for the benefit of others.