Following a week of service at the Center of Hope in Inglewood, CA for 1DayLA, Christian Care Ministry/ Medi-Share leaders celebrated partnerships with Volunteers in Medicine and Missions.Me to continue to assist the underserved in the Los Angeles area.
Christian Care Ministry / Medi-Share announced its commitment to provide a mobile medical clinic to serve 2,000 uninsured residents annually through the Lestonnac Free Clinic, a Volunteers in Medicine America clinic. Christian Care Ministry / Medi-Share also relieved $2.5 million in medical debt for area residents with a donation through Missions.Me.
These efforts are in line with Christian Care Ministry’s National Outreach Strategy, which expands the concept of biblical sharing beyond the Medi-Share medical cost sharing program and into communities across America.
Christian Care Ministry employees volunteered each day during the 1DayLA event, providing homeless assistance, in free medical and dental clinics, and aid distribution.
Dave Hess, Director of IT operations for Christian Care Ministry shares, “We live in a great country, yet we have people who are hurting bad, but God filled us, directed us, and protected us and ultimately brought us to so many unbelievable people. This is how we give back to the community and connect with them. God uses people to reach people. That’s how ministry works.”
Christian Care Ministry leaders joined organization representatives from Volunteers in Medicine and Missions.Me on Thursday, July 22 at the Center of Hope in Lynwood to celebrate their partnerships and shared commitment to changing lives for the underserved in the Los Angeles area through these donations. Mayor of Inglewood James Butts and Chief of Police Mark Fronterotta were also in attendance.
CEO of Christian Care Ministry / Medi-Share, Scott Reddig explained, “Our outreach strategy is to build up and empower our Medi-Share medical cost sharing community of members, providers, and employees, to connect with other organizations who are doing their part to be the hands and feet of Christ and, ultimately, fulfill the Great Commission. We are excited about 1DayLA as we serve alongside our national outreach partners during this transformative event and help equip them for future efforts.”
Twenty-seven million Americans lack basic access to healthcare and by collaborating with these organizations, Medi-Share hopes to see community transformation and lives transformed through personal impact. Through Medi-Share volunteers, doctors, donors, and other volunteers, the community effort will continue to have an impact year over year, with more than $700,000 in medical services.
Ed Gerber, Executive Director/ CEO of Lestonnac Clinic says, “We are very excited to take this 1DayLA event to turn it into something even bigger. I want to change the title to 1stDayLA because this is only the first step to share the love and assist the community for the years to come.”
Volunteers in Medicine has been on a mission to build and support a network of free primary health care clinics emphasizing the use of retired and practicing medical and community volunteers since 1994. For more information about Volunteers in Medicine visit: https://vimamerica.org
Gabe Bahlhorn from 1DayLA shared, “This is an important week for us and Medi-Share has been a huge part of the efforts taking place in the city. There are hundreds of organizations that have joined the movement across America and they have converged on Los Angeles to assist with medical clinics, sports outreach, and beautification. All of this collaborative effort to love a city that so desperately needs it.”
Since 2004, Missions.Me has successfully hosted thousands of people on life-transforming missions experiences. With the help of events like 1DayLA, Missions.Me has reached over 2,502,389 people.
For more information about Missions.Me visit: https://missions.me
Medi-Share is still raising money to provide a Mobile Medical clinic for the LA community. Help bring hope and healing as we meet the medical needs of the underprivileged and uninsured.