Benefit for St. James the Less/ Skylar Gudasz performs

Benefit for St. James the Less/ Skylar Gudasz performs

Oct 13, 2012 |  0 comments
Date: Oct 13, 2012 Time: 7:00 pm Price: $10 in advance, $15 day of show Type: Singer/Songwriter/Folk

On October 25, 2006, “St. James the Less Free Clinic,” was established by volunteers in the church basement, with a mission, “To offer a faith-based healing ministry to qualified Hanover neighbors by providing free medical and dental health care with compassion, dignity and respect.” All healthcare providers and administrators would donate their services to treat uninsured, low-income patients with chronic illnesses, one evening a week. Money donated to the clinic would be dedicated exclusively for patient care and necessary supplies. At that time, there were nearly 8,500HanoverCountyresidents without access to health care, who could potentially qualify for services.  The clinic was supported by work and dedication of over 200 volunteers, and financial support from grants, donations from churches, civic groups, individuals, and the Town ofAshland. By the end of 2006, with two months of service, we had received $17,000 in donations to the clinic. Over two hundred patients were provided medical and dental services and prescription medication. The value of the care and services was over $200,000.

Fast-forward to the end of the year report for 2011. Since that time, we have incorporated under the umbrella name of “Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics, as a 501 (c) 3 non- profit organization. Four other churches throughout the county have opened their doors to provide much-needed care. ShilohBaptistChurchprovides eye care within theAshlandcommunity. Ashland Christian Disciples of Christ originally offered mental health services and now provides podiatry and diabetic education, counseling and nutrition. Mechanicsville Christian Church provides dental care and Cheryl H. Watson Medical Clinic atShadyGroveMethodistChurchprovides medical care for residents of the Mechanicsville area. We have recently added a satellite eye clinic provided by a private practitioner in Mechanicsville.

Within and beyond ourHanovercommunities, we are supported byBonSecoursHospital, which provides diagnostic testing. Patients are referred for donated specialty care through Access Now, a community partnership sponsored by the Richmond Academy of Medicine. The clinics provide medications to patients through partnerships with local pharmacies, and pharmaceutical companies’ patient assistance programs.

From the opening day in October 2006, collectively, Hanover Interfaith Free Clinics have seen over 4,000 patients for over 10,650 visits. The approximate value for the services is $3,500,000. Patients have received medications valued at approximately $800,000 throughout the same period.

Founded and perpetuated by a spirit of volunteerism and community service, the clinics serve as places of volunteer missions and provide a unique outreach for many groups and individuals to contribute toward the well being of others.

We welcome anyone wishing to be a part of our mission, whether through monetary gifts, or donations of services, time or talent.  You may reach us at (804) 798-8890 or on our webpage at:

visit Skylar:

Here are just a few of the many items that will be included in the raffles and auctions for The free clinic at St. James the Less benefit on October 13!

> Nationals vs Reds tickets for April 27th
> Nationals season tickets with parking pass (some restrictions apply)
> Sky box tickets for Redskins vs Giants on a Monday night game with
> parking pass (around $500 value)
> Romp n’ Roll Lifetime enrollment fee and 4 free classes ($125 value)
> Two Zumba class passes with 10 classes each ($130 value)
> Office chair from the Supply Room
> Perkinson’s painting
> Airbonne gift basket

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