A local church is working to help people without insurance get dental, vision, medical care. The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Denison will be hosting a free clinic Friday and Saturday.
“Christ called us to serve where we are,” clinic organizer Jan Johnson said. “We want to do that. We need to help meet the needs of the people here. We are just doing what God has asked of us.”
The free dental, vision, and medical clinic will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.
“We saw a need in the community for this so we wanted to host this for them,” Jan Johnson of the church said. “We know there are low-income people in this area and that there are people with no insurance.”
There are no stipulations and individuals to not have to show proof of residence to receive services.
“We are limited in what we will be able to do,” Johnson said. “It all depends on how many doctors show up and what they specialize in.”
They will also be giving away free single-lens glasses.
“As of right now 9-10 doctors have registered to come, 4-5 dentists have registered and there are about two optometrists,” Johnson said Tuesday. “We will deal with the amount of people that come with the number of doctors that come.”
AMEN, the Adventist Medical Evangelism Network, is an organization through the Seventh Day Adventist Church. They will help the Denison church host Friday and Sunday’s clinics by providing medical equipment.
“They travel to various locations and the locals provide the medical volunteers,” Johnson said. “They have helped host these types of clinics at a lot of the bigger cities around the nation.”
This is important, Johnson said, because people are moving into smaller cities because bigger cities are becoming overcrowded.
“We also have the working poor,” she said. “These people have jobs but they do not make enough to meet their needs. They may not have enough for food and their expenses. They may live out of their cars. They may not be able to afford health insurance.”
The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Denison also works with local food pantries and kitchens, Johnson said.
“But we can do more,” she continued. “We are excited to act as a pilot for small cities with AMEN. We are hoping to make this an annual event. If we can make it annual, I know we can get more volunteers and have more resources.”