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GROWTH: THROUGH IMPORTANT OUTREACH PROGRAMS their services, as needed. The drivers are volunteers as are the people who pack and unpack the portable equipment into and out of the van. In addition to healthcare services, church volunteers donate coats and blankets to pass out during the winter months. Lydia Bush, the clinic’s operation coordinator, shared the latest data on program volunteers, hours and patient visits. In 10 months (April 2016 - January 2017), Shepherd’s Hands has accrued the following data: THE REV. GEORGE HINCHLIFFE, ON THE LEFT, WITH HIS VOLUNTEERS, IN FRONT OF THE MOBILE CLINIC. • Total Volunteers - 30 (Not all volunteers work every clinic. We average 25 volunteers with seven coming from outside St. Luke’s parish.) • Total Volunteer Hours April 2016 - January 2017 - 858.75 hours. (Sign-in sheets are kept for just the clinics. This number does not include follow-up hours by our medical volunteers or two lay people. We average about 40 more hours.) • Total Number of Patient Visits - 127. (This is the total of all the visits. One time patients equal 75 people.) This all began when a group of parishioners and a strong church leader had a dream of starting a new THANK YOU TO ALL OUR VOLUNTEERS! ministry for people in need. > Shepherd’s Hands Clinic Awarded Grant The Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (FAFCC) has awarded a grant of $58,000 to the Shepherd’s Hands Free Clinic. This grant will be limited to the purchase of equipment and to help pay for a fnancial audit. The Clinic is specifcally approved to purchase a portable digital X-Ray machine, a Blood Chemistry Analysis System, an Ultrasound System, and a Retinopathy Screening System. No monies were awarded for expenses or other costs. The new equipment will signifcantly reduce the number of Free Clinic patients that have to be referred to other providers or laboratories, and will reduce costs signifcantly. It will allow our Physicians to immediately receive testing results and proceed with treatment. The Shepherd’s Hands Free Clinic is an active member of the FAFCC. U 22 DIOCESAN MAGAZINE | WINTER-SPRING 2017
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