One of the organizations to which First Pres donates both funding and volunteer assistance is Hope Clinic, a non-profit, interdenominational Christian medical and social services organization in Ypsilanti. First Pres members do not have regularly scheduled times to serve, but there are many opportunities to do so. To see more information about Hope, read job descriptions, and sign up to volunteer, use this link:
A note from M. Douglas Campbell, Executive Director, Hope Clinic:
Hope Clinic in Ypsilanti provides free medical, dental and behavioral health services to people without insurance. Most medical care at is provided by volunteer doctors, nurses and pharmacists. However, in 2016, when we were not able to find volunteer mental health professionals, we partnered with First Presbyterian Church and Washtenaw County Community Mental Health to hire a Psychiatrist for one half day per month. Dr. Washington diagnoses and treats patients with complex mental health needs so we can care for the whole patient. With this year’s Local Mission grant of $5000 First Pres continues our partnership with Hope Clinic in providing critical psychiatric services to patients who do not otherwise have access to those.
Sometimes severe mental illness changes a person’s personality so much that their loved ones feel as if they have lost them. The father of one patient who Dr. Washington has been treating burst into tears the last time they visited. “I got my daughter back!,” he exclaimed. “I didn’t know if I would ever have her back again,” The help and healing this patient experienced has given her entire family hope.
Your gift and prayers have helped to change lives and we thank God for your partnership!
Hope is located at 518 Harriet St. in Ypsilanti