“It is an honor to receive this award from my peers at Suburban,” said Calliste, “The Lord has been very good to me so I always try to give back whenever possible. As long as I am living, I will keep helping people any way I can.”
A native of Trinidad, Calliste has worked at Suburban Hospital since 1975 and has been serving the homeless in Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. for more than 30 years. As a volunteer at the Adventist Community Services Center in Silver Spring, he is the founding member of the Lord’s Lunch food program in Washington, D.C, which distributes food to local organizations, including Casa de Corazon Maryland, the Long Branch Senior Center and The Shepherd’s Table .
Along with fellow volunteers, Calliste produces and distributes roughly 1000 boxed lunches per week to homeless people in shelters and parks around the Washington, D.C. metro area. The Lord’s Lunch partners with Metropolitan Seventh-day Adventist Church in Hyattsville, Sligo Seventh-day Adventist Church and The Takoma Park Church in Takoma Park, MD to assist with distribution.
After successfully battling lymphatic cancer in 1998, Calliste refocused his efforts on serving the community and has won several commendations for volunteer service including the Adventist Community Services Award, the Maryland JC Penny Golden Rule Award and the Marriott Spirit to Serve Award.
“We are very proud and honored to present the Humanitarian Award of the Year to Cecil Calliste,” said Diane L. Colgan, M.D., chair-elect of the Suburban Hospital Medical Staff. “If we could all be like Cecil, the world would be a better place.”
About Suburban Hospital Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and the surrounding area for almost 70 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with world-class institutions, including the neighboring National Institutes of Health. ###