September 14th, 2009 by Erik Rogers
There are some choices a person should never have to make: Shoes or shots for the kids? Dinner or a doctor visit? Power bill or prenatal care? For more and more people in Gwinnett County, health insurance is not an option if they are to eat and keep a roof over their heads. Where do they turn when medical needs arise?
Incorporated in 2004, Good Samaritan Gwinnett is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to caring for the indigent, homeless and working poor who do not have health insurance. Their mission is to demonstrate the love of Christ in word and deed to those in need by providing affordable, high quality primary health care and other non-urgent care. It is the aim of Good Samaritan Gwinnett to not only meet physical needs but to also address the spiritual needs of uninsured patients through prayer and biblical counseling.
Located in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett serves low-income families, many of whom are single mothers with young children who do not receive health benefits from their employer or are unable to qualify for government assistance. The Center provides uninsured families with a wide-range of services typically found in a family physician’s office such as well child and adult exams, chronic disease management, preventive care and women’s health. In addition, they offer dental, optometry, counseling and health education services. All services are designed to be available, affordable and accessible to the uninsured men, women and children of Gwinnett and the surrounding counties.
There are 1.7 million medically uninsured in the state of Georgia which has the 6th highest number of residents without health insurance in the U.S. and ranks 11th in its percentage of the population lacking coverage, according to a report from Georgia State University’s Georgia’s Health Policy Center and the Center for Health Services Research. Georgia also ranks 5th in the nation with approximately 307,000 uninsured children.
“A need of such magnitude requires the full support of the body of Christ to address. I am convinced that we, as a community of believers, have within our grasp the time, skill, and resources to care for people among us who have fallen on hard times and, for whatever reason, have found themselves without health insurance. After all, Jesus reminds us in Luke 10:37 that a Good Samaritan is one who has mercy on his neighbor.” – Kimberly Adams, Executive Director
“With the economy in the state it’s in, our financial needs have only increased. As more and more people come seeking care, we find ourselves needing to do more, with fewer resources. The past year has brought to our Health Center many new volunteers and donors, who have heard about what we do, and the needs we have, and chose to do something about it. I encourage you to prayerfully consider getting involved.” – Jake Varghese, M.D., Medical Director
This month, we are concentrating our iCare giving on helping this powerful community ministry. We invite you to prayerfully consider taking part by giving to iCare. We also encourage you to give the gift of time as a much needed volunteer.
“Thank you, Victory, for your continued financial support, volunteer hours and fervent prayers for this important issue affecting our community. We never forget the medical, dental, optometry and counseling services we provide for our patients are made possible by your generosity.” – Kimberly Adams, Executive Director