If any of you live in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and can’t afford dental care, I’d like to introduce you to Exalta Health, a faith-based non-profit (largely funded by donations) to help with health care needs for the poor and uninsured in our area. Our son, Daniel, is the dental director there, and a couple of times every year they offer a completely free dental day. I probably should have written this post before—rather than after—their last free day, which occurred last Friday. However, if you’re interested, I’ll give information at the end of the post so that you can call and find out about when the next free dental day will occur. The Free Dental Day includes not only dental care, but free eye exams, some minor medical triage, and for those who are interested, free consultation with a chaplain. Exalta Health, (these two are our president and advancement director)was formerly known as H.I.S. (Health Intervention Services, belonging to HIM). This charity for the poor began 20 years ago, and there are now professionals from over 2 dozen areas of healthcare who volunteer their time and expertise to serve the needs of our under-served population. Exalta’s motto is, “Reflecting the spirit of Christ, our mission is to provide compassionate, accessible health care.” Although over the past few years I’ve had the privilege in serving in a number of different capacities, this time I was the photographer, which was super fun. It just makes me so happy to see people come in with tooth pain and go out with a smile and a look of relief! So, I want to encourage you in three ways:
*If you need help personally and live in our area,
feel free to contact Exalta Health:
*If you have some time to invest in caring for people in need, consider Exalta Health as very rewarding place to volunteer. They need not only healthcare professionals and clinical support, but also volunteers who can help with general support(secretarial or maintenance skills, etc.). These were the volunteers last Friday.And, they minister to a lot of Hispanics, so if you know Spanish, you’d be especially valuable! *If you live in another city but are a healthcare professional or have a heart to help the poor, look around and see what you can find in your area. If there’s nothing available now, maybe you could be the impetus to begin something. It is such a blessing to be a part of helping others in need! 🙂“In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said,
‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” (Acts 20:35, ESV) “For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor,
and to thy needy, in thy land” (Deuteronomy 15:11, KJV). “We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves” (Romans 15:1, ESV). “And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all.” (1 Thessalonians 5:14, ESV).