The Meridian Star
Christy Rainer, a volunteer with the People’s Charity Clinic of East Mississippi, was guest speaker at the May meeting of the Obadiah Homemaker Volunteers Club.
Located at 310 Russell Drive in Meridian, the non-profit medical clinic was founded in 2012 to assist the homeless. Its mission is to advocate for all individuals to have access to health care, regardless of their life situation. According to Rainer, the clinic seeks to provide free health care for the uninsured with the dignity, respect, and compassion every human being deserves.
"Listen to every story with our hearts. Prayerfully consider each a need. Be an advocate for each of our clients," she said.
"Consider the homeless – some are survivors, most want to belong to a community and a few just want to be left alone. Some are just lonesome, while others will steal your heart," Rainer said.
The age range of those receiving medical assistance has been from 4 months to 92.
"At times whole families are homeless," she said. "This makes it hard for children to go to school."
Rainer said not having an address makes it difficult to get a job and enroll children in school. Most often, the homeless have no transportation.
"Just getting an ID sometimes is very hard," she said. "You need a Social Security card and two utility bills and other things."
Many homeless individuals are self-medicated with drugs and alcohol, while others just move through the day feeling hopeless and scared.
"(They are) Afraid to go to sleep at night. Afraid while they sleep someone will shoot them or beat them up, like many we know," she said "They almost always go to bed hungry."
Ways to help: emergency food, clothes closet, volunteer social services, assist with IDs, health education, monetary donations and volunteer at the clinic.
"This is a Christian ministry caring for body, mind and spirit; where the door is open and your story is heard," she said.
Elouise Ethridge presented Rainer to the group and gave her four mats made from plastic bags as a donation. Rainer noted that since last fall, about 40 mats had been presented to the clinic.
President and hostess Caroline Wilson presented the story of how poppies were chosen as a symbol for Memorial Day.
The American Legion was the first to give away poppies in return for a donation to help honor the dead and help the living disabled veterans. Disabled veterans still make the poppies. The Veterans of Foreign War has a Buddy Poppy and Disabled American Veterans a Forget-Me-Not used in the same way.
Wilson ended her presentation by reading "In Flanders Field" by John McRae.
During the business session, Lou Limerick reported on the Mississippi State Council meeting and the Dress Revue (she won a blue ribbon). Caroline Wilson, Lydia Tingle, and Elouise Ethridge also won blue ribbons for their Cultural Arts entries.
In observance of June being observed as Hospitality Month, the Obadiah Homemaker Volunteers will take cookies to the Welcome Center.
Sixteen club members attended and provided lunch for the Legislative Luncheon in May.
During the month, a workshop is scheduled to make centerpieces for the four children homes at Hope Village, LOVE's Kitchen, Wesley House Community Center and Care Lodge.
Fifteen members were in attendance at the club's May meeting, plus two guests, – Amy Driskill and Sally Loper. Rae Clarke was welcomed as a new member.
The Mississippi Homemaker Volunteers Council's June 28 meeting will feature a dairy competition in observance of Dairy Month. Each interested member should bring a non-sweet dish using one cup of dairy (cheese, cream cheese, cottage cheese, etc.), Also a sweet dish with one cup or more of dairy. The dishes will be taste tasted, judged and served for refreshments.
The meeting closed with the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States F.lag Refreshments were served by hostesses Caroline Wilson and Lydia Tingle.
The next of the Obadiah Homemaker Volunteers Club is scheduled for July 1.