Mobile medical ministry helps homeless, uninsured

Mobile medical ministry helps homeless, uninsured

Just because Zachary Oakes is homeless, doesn't mean he has to go without medical attention.
Zachary Oakes can get his medical needs taken care of every month, for free, even though he doesn't have insurance.

"I picked up my blood pressure medicine, had my blood pressure taken and my sugar," says Oakes.

It's all thanks to the St. Luke's Episcopal Mobile Medical Ministry, which sets up shop at the corner of Texas Avenue and Austen, every third Sunday.

"We've been more blessed than the people we serve, I guarantee you, each one of us that have come," says Donna Earnest, founder of Intent 2 Distribute Ministry.

Earnest started her I2D Ministry six years ago by passing out snack bags in the back of her SUV.

Earnest says she knew The Lord wanted her to help the homeless, but she kept fighting the idea.

"Basically, I couldn't fight it anymore and just said okay, well we're going to see about this Lord,” says Earnest. “And [I] kind of was just making a challenge with him, that maybe this isn't what you want me to do, but we're going to have to prove it, so I went on, and this is what it is, so." 

Along with medical services, she's been able to incorporate a church service, a hot meal, clothes and hygiene products; all free of charge.

"On this mission, we'll see anywhere from 20-30 individuals in about a two, two and a half hour period," says Lois Mayberry, a member of the ministry’s Board of Directors.

Douglas Meshell started coming out in 2011 and says the mobile medical ministry has been helping his health every since.

"Like today, I got my blood pressure checked, got my eye vision checked, got a free pair of glasses," says Meshell.

While physical health is important, Earnest says spiritual health is the ministry's primary concerns.

"Most importantly, we want them to see Jesus above all, and that's why we're here,” says Earnest. “So, it's just basically to minister to them and to meet their physical needs in that process."

While the mobile medical ministry is primarily for the homeless, organizers say anyone needing medical services can come get screened.

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