The Gospel Choir: Behind-the-Scenes Team Takes Center Stage

The Environmental Services Gospel Choir, comprising housekeeping staff from the day and night shifts, sings words of encouragement across UNC Hospitals.

The Environmental Services Gospel Choir performing at UNC Hospitals.
“I’m here to bring light into a dark situation,” says Shawn Davis.

Posted June 11, 2015

In fall 2014, newly hired Shawn Davis put together a group of gospel singers for UNC Hospitals' annual Multicultural Fair. Ever since that performance, the Environmental Services (EVS) Gospel Choir, as they're known today, comprising housekeeping staff from the day and night shifts, can be found singing words of encouragement across UNC Hospitals.

“I’m here to bring light into a dark situation,” says Shawn, who came to UNC from the New York City Transit Authority, where he worked on railways. His long-term goal is to become a psychiatrist -- to provide one-on-one help to people in need -- and you can see his personable approach when he hums his way into a patient's room or provides words of encouragement to a patient who's taking a walk. 

Providing services that go beyond cleaning, the housekeepers in the EVS Choir play a role in supporting patients by offering encouraging words and compassionate hearts to those in need. This month’s video takes you on a journey with the EVS Gospel Choir from behind the scenes to center stage. If you want to find out more, check their Facebook page.

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