Craft House Ministries, Caring for the Uninsured
By Tamica Smith-Jeuitt, Senior Communications Specialist
Photo right: Craft House Ministries has existed since 2006 for people without medical insurance.
Letters expressing gratitude for a United Methodist led mission that provides uninsured adults with medical care are being shared with the Mississippi Annual Conference. Craft House Ministries, a free clinic in the Jackson area, has been a recipient of the conference's Mission Grants for roughly five years.
In the latest witness report to the conference from Craft House, a woman who describes herself as a patient for two to three years wrote:
"You are a blessing to me and my family. Having no health insurance and just a very little part-time job, I could not afford going to any clinic or private doctor. You've helped me feel better in so many ways."
Another patient said, "I suffer from high blood pressure and I can't afford the expensive medications. Craft House took care of this situation...Craft House save my life."
"God has truly blessed me when I found this place. I will continue to pray for the ministry and for all of the people that are touched by it," stated a third patient of Craft House.
Craft House Ministries began as an idea of a United Methodist doctor and nurse. It is located on the property of Alta Woods UMC in Jackson. Crossgates UMC, Aldersgate UMC, Galloway Memorial UMC and partnering church, New Dimensions, (all in or near Jackson) have a role in operating Craft House.
The clinic is open just about every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon for people with basic medical care needs. It has three doctors, two nurses, and a nurse practitioner, plus volunteer clerical staff. During business hours, one doctor, a nurse, and a volunteer clerical worker are present. On any given Saturday, the clinic can serve up to 16 patients. For more pictures of Craft House Ministries visit http://www.altawoodsumc.org/pictures.html.
The Mississippi Conference Connectional Ministries Mission Grants are matching grants available to United Methodist churches and United Methodist sponsored or related agencies in Mississippi. Grants range from $500 to $2,500 per project, with one award of up to $10,000. They are awarded to form spiritual leaders, new places for new people, connections through existing congregations and engagement in ministry with the poor; therefore, living out the four Core Values of The POWER of We.
Follow The Circuit Rider for details on how to apply for the annual Mission Grants in the fall.
The POWER of We funded in part by your apportioned mission shares.