Thank You for Giving Hope Through the Free Clinic!
John, a Free Clinic patient, who finds shelter at the Mission, and serves as part of the Mission’s volunteer extension program, is grateful for expert, compassionate care. He admits, “The cartilage in my knee is gone; bone is rubbing against bone. Dr. Westphal is referring me to a specialist.”
Praise God! With many generous donations of time, expertise and finances, the renovation of the new Free Clinic space has been completed. The three part-time staff and over 100 volunteers in this department are thrilled to have moved in.
Uninsured men and women who have medical needs without resources or insurance, find care Tuesdays and Fridays and Thursday evenings. Men like Bobby.
Bobby is a 56 year old patient who admits, “Six years ago I was homeless and addicted.” He found shelter and hope at the Rescue Mission and has been sober for five and a half years. He testifies, “I’m a sinner saved by God’s grace.”
About two years ago he fell at home and fractured his neck, damaging his spine. Without insurance, Bobby was in chronic pain when he came to the Free Clinic. He received a neck brace, a cane. Our nurse practitioner checked on him regularly, helped him with paperwork to receive Charity Care, SS disability, and finally convinced him to take an ambulance to the hospital when his condition worsened. He was hospitalized for four weeks for surgery. A neurologist at Albany Med, Dr. Wymer, who also volunteers at the Free Clinic, monitors his care every month.
Bobby adds, “I really like the holistic care I receive here; prayer is part of every visit. I don’t know where I’d be without the Free Clinic. The care, medications and help I’ve received is amazing. God bless you all.”
Thank you, thank you for making a difference to John, Bobby and hundreds more. You are partners in hope!