Recently, a survey was given to those who attend our Thursday to-go meals. The survey asked what their pressing needs were. 12 people filled out the survey. Of those who responded, health care - including access to dental and vision was listed as a pressing concern. In response to the surveys, we created resource lists to assist our guests. What a wonderful thing to be able to say, 'all of your healthcare needs can be met one block away!'
The Family Health Center on the corner of Michigan and Holy Hills, was founded through the collaborative efforts of the community, including St. Paul's. The clinic serves the insured and under-insured. They have been essential to providing COVID testing and vaccinations through this pandemic. And, they offer vision and dental care along with standard health care for the whole person.
Knowing the integral relationship that our guests and neighbors have with Family Care Center, I have self-nominated to join their board of directors. Next week, I'll be having lunch the Board Chair, Wilma Schmitz. As we host the installation of air quality monitors on our building in January, this partnership may prove invaluable. Together, we are strengthening our church community and making a difference in Carondelet.
-- Pastor Rebecca