By Linda Ryan, Executive Director
Although the status of the Affordable Care Act remains uncertain, one thing remains certain: Mission of Mercy is still here, still providing dignity and healing through Love to the vulnerable members of our communities, as we have done for almost 24 years.
If the constant back-and-forth in the halls of Congress have left you with an unsettled feeling, imagine how scary these events would be if you were sick and suffering and had no health insurance or were unable to cover the deductibles and co-pays of the insurance you have.
From July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017, Mission of Mercy had 6,415 medical patient visits, performed nearly 3,000 dental procedures and dispensed almost 8,000 free prescriptions from our mobile medical clinic which visits churches in Baltimore, Carroll and Frederick counties in Maryland and Adams and Dauphin counties in Pennsylvania.
We are able to do this thanks to the generous gifts of time and talent shared with us by our dedicated cadre of medical and dental professionals including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, dentists and dental hygienists. They are supported by countless other volunteers who serve as our clinic administrators, registrars, interpreters, van drivers, etc.
To cover our operational and overhead costs, including our medical supplies and van maintenance, we seek grants and major corporate gifts to supplement the generous donations of our individual donors, some of whom are former patients themselves. It is not uncommon for us to receive a hand-written note with a $10 bill from someone who wants in some way to repay us for the compassionate care they received at our clinic.
We feel privileged to be a steady source of hope for those among us who live in fear of illness or injury. Our Mission of Mercy is to restore dignity to those who society has relegated to the sidelines who are in need of both physical and emotional healing.