Medical Mission Helps Patient Land New Job
Joe Miles is a gentleman we have been following on the Mobile Unit for the past 6 months. We have worked to help him control his blood pressure, among other things. Vision has been an issue for him and we encouraged him to come to the Mission. He came, got the glasses he needed, and pending passing the vision exam, NOW HAS A JOB!!! He went to the foot washing station after his vision exam and connected with Cliff Sharp (with Greenhouse Ministries). Cliff connected him with a friend that who is a small business owner that needed a driver.
Meaningful Connections, Humbling Service at Medical Mission in Bridgeport
Thanks to the support of 350 volunteers, the inaugural Medical Mission at Home by St. Vincent’s Health Services, Bridgeport, Connecticut, was an impactful day of service to the community. With temperatures suddenly dropping from the 70s to the 40s, more than 330 of Bridgeport’s most vulnerable residents were able to come in from the cold for an experience they won’t soon forget.
Although the doors were not scheduled to open until 9:30 a.m., members of the community arrived as early as 8 a.m. As medical staff, associates, medical and nursing students, and other volunteers gathered to receive a Blessing of the Hands, the mood was expectant and the energy was high. Everyone was looking forward to a day that was sure to be filled with meaningful connection and humbling service.
At a neighborhood school, residents of all ages received medical care, foot washing and podiatry services, nutrition, physical therapy, smoking cessation information, spiritual care, behavioral health services, social services, child care services, reader eyeglasses distribution, vaccinations and flu shots. Thanks to community partnerships, each participant was invited to take home a warm coat, new shoes and socks, as well.
“Our Medical Mission at Home was truly the demonstration of our St. Vincent’s and Ascension Mission and core values in action and serving 'the least of our brothers,' said Dianne Auger, St. Vincent’s Medical Mission at Home executive sponsor and Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. “Each person we had an opportunity to serve had a story to share, reminding every one of us of our shared humanity. We are already looking ahead to next year to explore how we can expand our offerings to serve even more of our neighbors in need.”
More than 150 individuals in southeast Washington, D.C., received free medical care, dental care, health screenings, foot washing, spiritual care and other services at the Medical Mission at Home on June 6. Providence Health System hosted the event and offered services to the community free of charge to benefit one of the poorest neighborhoods in the Washington area. In addition to the more than 250 onsite volunteers who provided medical, dental and other types of care, we partnered with many community and business partners resulting in a personal and powerful representation of our One Mission in action.