It only takes a moment to make a difference in someone’s life, and our mission of personal care is made up of many such moments. Extending compassionate care to the most vulnerable is a fundamental value at Ascension Providence, and that’s just what happened at the first ever Ascension Medical Mission at Home, brought to you by Ascension Providence.
On Oct. 1, the Waco Convention Center became a medical arena. Over 600 of Ascension’s Texas associates spent their Saturday delivering medical, dental and eye care to nearly 1,000 people. This day of service enriched the lives of those who volunteered as much as it helped those on the receiving end.
Sowing the Seeds of Love
Waco is home to a sizable population of underserved residents, many of whom struggle to access healthcare and who live at or below the poverty line.
Helping these families get the medical services they need is a big reason we take our medical mission beyond the four walls of the hospital.
A severely infected tooth brought Waco resident Deitra Stroud to the event. She was between jobs and needed her tooth extracted.
“If I can get it pulled, I know I can start a new job on Wednesday,” Stroud said.
Stroud got her teeth cared for, and also got a flu shot and blood pressure medication.
Full Hearts and Minds
During the first ever Ascension Medical Mission at Home in Waco, there were many stories of lives being touched, including the father who had been saving for months to afford glasses for his son. He got them free at the event. Some women were able to have a mammogram for the first time in their lives. People were also connected to additional resources that will help them to maintain and manage their health beyond the one-day event.