Fall Newsletter – Dignity Digest

We are relaunching our donor newsletter, Dignity Digest. We want to better keep you informed of how your support truly impacts lives.

This year, Mission of Mercy celebrates 20 years of bringing healthcare and hope to children and adults who desperately need it. It’s a huge milestone, and it’s the support of friends like you who, over two decades, have made it possible for tens of thousands to receive healing when they had no other place to turn – for people like Celia.

In 1999, when Mission of Mercy was only two years young and operating out of two clinics, Celia’s mom found herself at a loss when she discovered a lump in her teenage daughter’s arm. It was swollen and causing her too much pain to lift or extend her arm…

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New Impact Report for 2017

Our most recent annual 2017 Impact Report is ready for you! 2017 Mission of Mercy Annual Report

Look at the impact of healing through Love because of your giving!  We are so grateful to our donors and volunteers for making each clinic day possible for fiscal year 2017*.

Here are a few highlights from the fiscal year:

  • 15,731 Volunteer Hours. With nearly 250 active volunteers, their time this past year is valued at $834,488.
  •  1,326 Patients with Diabetes were supported with free doctor visits, medications, and one-on-one education for managing their condition. That’s more than 1/3rd of our patient population!

View Report Here

*fiscal year 2017 is from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017.

Upcoming Annual Breakfast, Dec 14

Please Join us at our 11th Annual
Morning of Miracles Breakfast

When: Thursday, December 14, 2017

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 am Breakfast. Registration opens at 7:00 am.

Where: Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia, Alhambra Ballroom, 4949 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

 

 

 

 

 

 

View Photos from 2016 Morning of Miracles

“Where there is great love there are always miracles.” – Willa Cather

We are celebrating 20 years of providing free primary health care services and a medical home for Arizona families without access to care.

You are sure to be encouraged and inspired by hearing real examples of how lives have been changed and impacted across generations by having free access to healthcare. Learn more about how people in our community are coming together to provide medical care to families who cannot afford health insurance.  By showing love and compassion to everyone, dignity is restored to those less fortunate.

Free to attend; donations are encouraged.

RSVP is required to attend: If you would like to attend the breakfast or host a table as a table captain, email us at pcarvalho@amissionofmercy.org. Or call 602-861-2233. RSVP by Tuesday, December 5.

Table Captains: Please email Dianne Aguilar to register your table guests. daguilar@amissionofmercy.org

Parking: Please self-park in the guest parking lot, which has a quick direct entrance into the Alhambra Ballroom. Elevators from underground parking garage will take you directly to Ballroom entrance.  VIEW PARKING MAP

 

DIGNITY EVENT SPONSORS:

Blood Systems

Through the Generations – Story of Your Impact

Dawn and her mother, Stella (former patient). Mission of Mercy Arizona.

“It’s hard when you are hurting and in pain and don’t know what to do…because you can’t afford do go see your doctor or the specialist they will refer you to,”  Dawn King, describing her mother Stella’s experience before finding Mission of Mercy.

Stella Grevin, had moved to Arizona from Chicago in the 1990’s to start a better life for herself. Her daughters soon followed. Working hard with a minimum wage job, Stella couldn’t afford her health insurance premiums.

In 1998, Stella started experiencing severe shoulder pain and couldn’t raise her arm. She was nervous about getting a diagnosis, not sure if she would ever be free of pain.

Fortunately, Stella heard about Mission of Mercy’s mobile medical clinic in Phoenix and was able to see a doctor right away. Her daughter, Dawn, was able to accompany her on her first visits.

“The doctors were so incredibly nice. They were joking and laughing with my mother to make her feel more at ease.   They were able to diagnose her with bursitis and give her anti-inflammatory prescriptions at no cost. What a relief it was for my mother that day to go home having new hope and not having to pay a dime,” said Dawn.

Nearly Twenty Years Later…

In 2016, Dawn’s brother Jim had moved to the Valley. He worked hard six days a week for an hourly wage. With a new apartment, he could not afford health insurance through his employer.

Jim also suffered severe joint pain and needed medical attention. Dawn told him about Mission of Mercy.  Twenty years after his mother, Stella, had been to the Phoenix clinic, Jim also came for help. 

Jim was diagnosed at Mission of Mercy with Rheumatoid Arthritis. Like his mother, he was able to get the care and medicine he needed without the financial burden, and he was able to continue working.

This is the type of story that YOU have made possible for multiple generations. We thank you as we celebrate 20 Years of Healing through Love!

Did You Know?

Your Charitable Tax Credit donation to the Mission of Mercy Arizona Health Fund will help more families like Stella’s here in Maricopa County.  And you get the money right back. Help others while taking a credit! 

Annual Volunteer Retreat 2017

Sept 15 Annual Volunteer Retreat

A sign greets visitors to the meditation garden at the Franciscan Renewal Center in Scottsdale, Arizona.

 

 

 

All Current Volunteers Are Invited to

Mission of Mercy’s

Volunteer Retreat

Friday, September 15

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Franciscan Renewal Center, Serra Room
5802 E. Lincoln Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  Registration (Refreshments provided)

9:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Conference Session & Sharing with Father Thomas Hallsten

11:30 – 12:00 Morning Prayer

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch & 20th Anniversary Celebration

Professional photography and portrait head shots will be available before and after the Conference Session. Please plan accordingly.

Please RSVP by Friday, September 6.   Call Diana Navarrette at 602-861-2233 or email.

 

20th Anniversary Celebration

  We cordially invite you to share and celebrate with us 20 years of providing More than Medicine.  We want to honor those who have selflessly served with us and to share our vision of creating a thriving community where all are treated with dignity and love.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Omni Scottsdale Resort & Spa at Montelucia


5:30 p.m. VIP Reception, Cortijo Plaza

6:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception, Cortijo Plaza

7:00 p.m. Dinner & Entertainment, Castillo Room

Entertainment provided by: Urban Electra


Master of Ceremonies

James Quiñones, 12 News


Honorees

Visionary Award
Gianna Talone-Sullivan, Pharm.D, Foundress

Medical Hero Award
Al Asendorf, MD

Healing Through Love Awards
Dignity Health
Sonora Quest Laboratories

 

Business Formal or Cocktail Attire


Dinner Registration is Sold Out.

Please join us for Cocktail Hour for a half-priced ticket!

Enjoy cocktails and mingle with our honorees
as we celebrate 20 years!

RSVP Today

 

 

 

Can’t Attend? Want to Give?

Make a gift in honor of our 20 Years of Service and help us
to continue providing free access to care.

Donate Now

Underwriting Opportunities are still available.
Learn more.

 Sponsorship and underwriting of this fundraising event will help to provide uninsured and under-insured families with access to a medical home and free prescription medications.


Contact Jessica Green by email or call 602-314-6742 for more information.

Net proceeds from the evening will go directly towards patient care.

Fair Market Value for each ticket reservation is $85. Any amount given above FMV is tax deductible.

Arizona Gives Day on April 4

Give the Gift of Health
to a family in need. 

Donate to Mission of Mercy on April 4.

You can schedule your donation in advance at 

azgives.org/amissionofmercy

What your AZ GIVES DAY gift will provide:

  $50 – 1 asthma inhaler for a child
$100 1 doctor visit with meds, labs, xray
$200 – 4 free mammograms
$400 – 30 day supply of meds for 40 patients
$600 – 1 month of fuel for mobile unit
$800 – Full year of medical care for family

In The News: Arizona Physician

Mission of Mercy has been featured in January’s inaugural issue of Arizona Physician magazine that was sent to doctors state-wide!

Thank you to Maricopa County Medical Society and Arizona Medical Association for spreading the word about our mission of providing FREE healthcare to fill a gap in our community.

View Story

 

View 2016 Impact Report

Our most recent annual 2016 Impact Report is hot off the press! 

Together, we accomplish miracles!  We are so grateful to our donors and volunteers for making it possible.

Here are a few highlights from Fiscal Year 2016:

(fiscal year July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016)

  • Provided more than 15,000 free doctor visits
  • Distributed nearly 20,000 free prescription medications
  • Recorded an astounding 17,000+ hours of volunteer service which is valued at $900,000

 

January Volunteer Spotlight

 

Lenoria Johnson, Avondale Clinic Computer Input Volunteer

Q. How long have you been volunteering for Mission of Mercy?

A. Almost three months.

Q. How did you find Mission of Mercy?

A. I was drawn to volunteer through friends from my church, Bob and Lee Pitts, along with the idea of people without insurance receiving free medical care.

Q. What inspires you to volunteer?

A. I believe God is the director of my life and His timing of events are perfect. He has a plan and a purpose for everyone and everything we encounter along life’s journey.

“The tender loving care of human beings must never become obsolete. People even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, redeemed and redeemed and redeemed. Never throw anyone away.” – unknown

This quote was given to me at my volunteer orientation at Mission of Mercy. It is just as I believe!

During my short time at Mission of Mercy, I have seen the faces of pain on those who struggle with an illness and the face of concern and worry on those who watch their loved one through that illness. I’ve seen the smiles and whispers of “thank you” along with huge hugs saying “I know you care.”

I’ve seen these faces before. They were faces coming from our lifelong friends Scott and Jyl.

In September of 2011, life changed in an instant for us and our dear friends. At dinner we received the devastating news that Scott had stage four kidney cancer. He died four months later on January 26, 2012 at the age of 56. He had three daughters with his wife of 36 years.

In order the have the best medical care and live closer to family they put their home up for sale and moved. Over that 4 months, the company Scott worked for was sold to another. Suddenly, Scott was caught in the middle. The company policy stated that if Scott didn’t sign the paperwork, he would be out of work. If he did sign with the new company, he would have to pass a physical. It was inevitable in his condition he would not pass a physical. Scott was being thrown away!

This was heart wrenching for my husband and I to see our friends worrying about insurance when Scott was on the verge of death. We wanted to do everything we could to help. They would NOT be thrown away!

This is not a familiar story. It is a hidden story. There are many who come to Mission of Mercy who have their own story of why they have no medical insurance. They are not thrown away! I see Mission of Mercy as God placing in the hearts of doctors, nurses, and other men and women volunteers a compassion, a commitment and a love for people who are sick and hurting, no matter the cost.

My prayer is that if you are a volunteer or considering, you are inspired and encouraged to carry on and serve. If you are not able to volunteer, please consider helping financially with a donation. In this day and time, the tender loving care of human beings must never become obsolete.

 Thank you, Lenoria, for joining our volunteer family!