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SHEPHERD’S HAND FREE CLINIC  COMMUNITY MEAL  WELLNESS

Volume 5, Issue 1 | 2016

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Shepherd’s Hand

The mission of Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic is to provide care to those in our valley who are underserved and are falling between the cracks.

The initial phase of starting the free clinic involved building partnerships within the medical community and sharing the vision with the community at large. With $5,000 in our pockets we opened our doors for the first time in October of 1995. We saw 13 people. Within a few months we were turning people away – the need was great.

We accomplish this through providing the following services:

was established out of a desire to provide medical care for people in the Flathead Valley who are under served. It was founded on the core belief that all people have value and should be treated with dignity.

Since that beginning we have grown both in volunteers and services. We rely on the services of over 200 volunteers onsite from throughout the valley to provide medical, dental and some behavioral health services, as well as the community meal and our wellness services. Shepherd’s Hand is a story about faith and volunteerism; about community and compassion. It’s about people living life together—a dance between accountability and grace. Ultimately what we have learned is that we can’t fix everything but we can show up, we can listen and we can care.

• Access to medical, dental providers and behavioral health professionals.

• Lab and imaging through the generosity of North Valley Hospital and Kalispell Regional Healthcare. • Specialty Referrals • Medications

In the ensuing pages, you will find the story of our clinic as we give a helping hand and share a word of encouragement so that people know they are not alone. Please join us as we engage, listen, foster community, care, share, grow in love & hope and sustain our bodies and our souls.


WELCOME TO Shepherd’s Hand Clinic

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ENGAGE Shepherd’s Hand is built on the fundamental truth that all people have value. Our mission is to provide the services, support and encouragement all of us need in order to reach our maximum potential. The path to maximizing your potential at Shepherd’s Hand may begin as a volunteer or as a ‘patient’. Regardless of how we enter this process the journey for each of us is unique.

en·gage verb 1. occupy, attract, or involve (someone’s interest or attention). 2. participate or become involved in.


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To walk alongside one another, all that is required is to be present, to listen and to be vulnerable and willing to take the opportunity to know each other. We can do this when we feel safe and when, in our heart of hearts, we acknowledge that the journey is worth it, that there is HOPE.

listen verb 1. to pay attention to someone or something in order to hear what is being said, sung, played, etc.. intransitive verb 2. to hear something with thoughtful attention.

We LISTEN


WELCOME TO Shepherd’s Hand Clinic

Our Hospitality Volunteers will greet you as you arrive. They will provide information and offer prayer as requested. We are glad you have come and we want you to know that you are not alone in whatever struggle you are experiencing.

A nutritious meal and lively conversation are provided by our Community Meal Volunteers—a dedicated group of community people over 60 strong with servant hearts and an ability to provide delicious food. Whether you are waiting to be seen by a medical provider or a dentist or have just come for the meal you are most welcome.

WeCOMMU are com·mu·ni·ty noun 1. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.


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“ Community is first of all a quality of the heart. It grows from the spiritual knowledge that we are alive not for ourselves but for one another.” — Henri Nouwen

UNITY DIANE ON BEING A PATIENT Having lived in Whitefish for 11 years and worked in healthcare for many of them, Diane knew about Shepherd’s Hand but had never required their services. However, during the last couple years, she began to deal with health problems that eventually made her unable to continue to work. She and her family were persevering through this tough time when her husband suddenly passed away from a heart attack. “He was healthy. I mean, I was the one with the heart problems!” She begins to tear up, “It’s still hard for me to talk about, I’m sorry.” Left without an income or insurance and grieving her loss, Diane has leaned heavily on her faith and support of her children and friends. “Hope and faith is what keeps me going. I am so thankful Shepherd’s Hand is here to help lift some of this burden.”


WELCOME TO Shepherd’s Hand Clinic

care noun 1. the provision of what is necessary for the health, welfare, and protection of someone or something. verb 1. feel concern or interest, attach importance to something.


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CARE Shepherd’s Hand exemplifies a community caring for one another. We care, personally, about each individual who walks through our doors on Monday night and we care about our volunteers Whether you come to Shepherd’s Hand for medical or dental services, or for some other type of help, we will make every effort to meet your needs. You will have multiple opportunities throughout the night to have a direct, personal conversation with one of our skilled volunteers. We are committed to partnering with you and empowering you to take charge of your health and wellbeing.

“ To me Shepherd’s Hand means a good, safe place to go. I really enjoy coming here and because otherwise, I wouldn’t be able to do a lot of the stuff I need to do and function in life.… when I hear Shepherd’s Hand, I generally think happy.” — Shepherd’s Hand Clinic Patient


WeSHARE WELCOME TO Shepherd’s Hand Clinic

Our Volunteers share the gift of their

time and talents out of a love for people and a desire to give back to our community. Providing an opportunity for people to serve in a meaningful way is a core value of Shepherd’s Hand.

“I was looking for ways to volunteer that would benefit less fortunate people. I have so many blessings in my life and I have concern for those who don’t. This clinic serves these people and I have found it a very rewarding and useful experience. I look at some of these families and situations of people without health care and I know I would be afraid everyday. Many of them are so brave.” — Shepherd’s Hand Free Clinic Volunteer


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share transitive verb 1. to partake of, use, experience, occupy or enjoy with others. intransitive verb 1. to talk about one’s thoughts, feelings, or experiences with others.


WELCOME TO Shepherd’s Hand Clinic

love noun a : unselfish loyal and benevolent concern for the good of another: as 1 : the fatherly concern of God for humankind 2 : brotherly concern for others

hope transitive verb 1: to desire with expectation of obtainment 2 : to expect with confidence.

“. . . it’s all about the community standing together and helping each other— like the way it should be.” — Shepherd’s Hand Clinic Patient


Growing

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IN LOVE & HOPE

Life is not easy. Many in our community are faced with difficult choices

between putting food on the table, heating their home, or paying for healthcare. Shepherd’s Hand is committed to helping families overcome barriers. It takes time

and compassion. It is important and it is our commitment to you.


Help us WELCOME TO Shepherd’s Hand Clinic

SUSTAIN

sus·tain transitive verb 1: to provide what is needed for (something or someone) to exist, continue, etc. 2: to give support or relief to 3 : to buoy up

Healthcare is a complex and dynamic industry. Access to basic healthcare is a right of every individual. As our nation and

community grow in their ability to provide basic services Shepherd’s Hand is committed to continuing to grow and change in order to provide a safety net for those who are left behind.

Our mission isn’t about services— it is about caring for people with dignity and intentionality. We acknowledge and embrace the need for a wholistic approach in order for each of us to

maximize our health, our wellbeing and our potential

to contribute positively to our community.


SYDNI ON BEING A PATIENT [Shepherd’s Hand] is a place where I can get help when nobody else will help me. I’ve known one volunteer for years. And I went to her today for cancer screening and was talking to her about the problem I’ve been having for a couple of months that my regular physician hasn’t been able to help with because I don’t have any insurance. I came here, she gave me a piece of paper to bring in, they are already writing up what I need. [Shepherd’s Hand] has grown so much through the years, it’s just really incredible to see it. It’s a wonderful thing, it really is.

KATHY ON VOLUNTEERING [Shepherd’s Hand] has been a place where I’ve felt like I can volunteer and make a difference. It’s a place where people are helped. Healthcare is one of the areas of greatest need for people without health insurance or a way to finance healthcare. I’ve been volunteering for about 17 years with Shepherd’s Hand. It’s been incredible to see that as the need grew, and as more people were able to give their time and treasure, that the organization has evolved into a place that is so helpful for so many people.

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SHEPHERD’S HAND A place of HOPE that BUILDS COMMUNITY and CHANGES LIVES

Services

Hours

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Community Meal, 5:30 p.m. Free Clinic, 6:00 p.m.

Acute & Chronic Illnesses Care Acute Dental Care Specialty Referrals Prescription Assistance Land & Imaging Testing Health Coaching Acupuncture A Warm, Nourishing Meal Prayer

Shepherd’s Hand is open every Monday night except major holidays

Shepherd’s Hand

5150 River Lakes Parkway Whitefish, MT 59937 406.260.3502 info@shepherdshand.com shepherdshand.com

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