Always Mercy says, “Thank You!” to Universal Vacuum Tech for their continued support. With great support from companies like UVT, Always Mercy is helping to create a beautiful place of medical mercy in western Kenya.


Rehema Open Door and Always Mercy: A partnership of MercyA place of healing.

A place of rest.

A place of refuge.

In Swahili, “Rehema” means mercy. A door of mercy has swung wide open in western Kenya. Rehema Open Door Hospice and Palliative Care Centre was founded in January 2022 to be a refuge for those suffering in body and soul from life-threatening illnesses.

Located in a rural setting near Ringa Town in Homa Bay County, Kenya, Rehema’s mission is to provide hospice and palliative care to the local community and for the region of over 5 million people. Rehema is being built, literally brick by brick, as funding allows. In October 2023, she opened her doors to mercy for the first time.

Rehema Open Door (building)Rehema Open Door is now operational for Health Clinical services.

Rehema started offering walk-in clinical services and began supporting home-based medical care. Inpatient residential care at its facility will start in 2024. In this way, Rehema will provide a continuum of care from diagnosis to palliative care treatment for chronic diseases and, when necessary, will provide end-of-life hospice services.

Community Health ProvidersCommunity Health Promoters visiting Rehema in November 2022

Its work will include supporting community health promoters (CHPs) and frontline healthcare workers who provide basic healthcare in their communities. CHPs are, at many times, the first contact for people needing better health. Rehema is now a resource that CHP clients can rely on.

Always Mercy is the US-based nonprofit supporting the work at Rehema Open Door. We appreciate the support of companies like Universal Vacuum Tech. Join us on this important journey of mercy.

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Les Dahlstedt, president of Universal Vacuum Technology

“Our company believes in the importance of bringing value to the people it serves. Because I’ve been impressed with how well Always Mercy, in its partnership with Rehema Open Door, is bringing exceptional value to the lives of the hurting poor in western Kenya, it has been my privilege to support this essential work, and hope that you will do so as well.”

— Les Dahlstedt, president of Universal Vacuum Technology