Letter: Churches can help free clinic

Mar. 23, 2013 @ 01:33 PM

To the Editor:

The Warren County Free Clinic serves Warren and Vance counties and is in need of financial support. Currently, funding from the state and foundations for 2013 is no longer available for free clinics.

Our mission is “to provide free primary health care and health access services to the uninsured residents of Warren and Vance counties.” WCFC provides free medical services to the population who are at 200 percent poverty level. We have a referral arrangement with our specialty care partners and a Medication Assistance Program that annually provides more than $2 million of free medication to qualified patients.

Our patient enrollment has grown from 80 the first year to currently 4,500. We enroll 450 patients annually. This trend will continue because North Carolina has chosen to not participate in the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansion.

The best investment a community can make is in its people. Churches can make a positive impact not only in one’s spiritual life, but also in providing health assistance. Our patients are our mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends and neighbors. They are us.

We are asking our churches to consider sponsoring the clinic. A church sponsor is asked to contribute $600 a year, preferably with a $200 initial payment and $50 each month thereafter. We will, however, accept whatever payment method is best for your particular congregation. To show our appreciation, we will proudly display your church name on a plaque in the lobby of the clinic. Most importantly, your support allows us to continue

providing a service to those who are sick and in need.

A special thank-you to Ridgeway Missionary Baptist, Warrenton Church of God, Jerusalem Missionary Baptist, Red Bud Baptist, Emmanuel Episcopal, Warrenton Presbyterian Church and New Birth Outreach Ministry for their continued faithful support.

We hope others will join them.

Mary Somerville