(ALLENTOWN, PA) – The Allentown Rescue Mission has seen firsthand the negative effects that limited access to medical care is having on the homeless population. To assist its clients, the Mission not only operates the free DeSales Medical Clinic onsite, but also provides financial assistance for critical or emergency medical needs not covered by insurance through a bequest given to the Mission by Dr. Edward Gianforte.
Most men who enter the emergency shelter are eligible for Medicaid, a program jointly funded by the federal and state governments to provide health care and long-term care for low-income families and individuals, but a significant number of men need help applying for and accessing insurance. Allentown Rescue Mission personnel are working with the men to secure insurance coverage, make sure they are seen by the DeSales Free Medical Clinic and help with their medical bills.
The Gianforte grant covered out-of-pocket expenses for eye exams, eyeglasses, dental care, prescription orthopedic shoes, prescription drugs, and other medically necessary items for many clients. Aaron, a client employed by Clean Team Workforce, recently benefited from the grant.
“When I arrived at the Mission, I had no glasses and had been using the same pair of lenses for months. I also hadn’t been to the dentist in over 4 years. But thanks to the grant and the grace of God, I now have glasses and my dental needs have been taken care of. Thanks to this gracious gift, I am now able to focus on my recovery and transformation into a complete man, father and son,” Aaron said.
About Dr. Edward Gianforte:
Dr. Gianforte earned graduate degrees in medical microbiology and pathogenesis and later became a licensed radiologist. He served the needy in Allentown at the Allentown Veteran Clinic and left his estate to organizations that help the less fortunate. Dr. Gianforte earmarked money for the Allentown Rescue Mission to increase and improve the medical care provided to the underprivileged.
Allentown Rescue Mission, a 501c3, 123-bed, non-profit homeless shelter, has been providing refuge for homeless men since 1900. In addition to emergency housing services (365 days a year) , the Allentown Rescue Mission offers a residential life skills program, and transitional employment within the Clean Team Workforce which is available for hire to the community. The Clean Team Workforce pays the men above the PA state minimum wage, which helps them save a nest egg to reintegrate into the community. In a typical year, the Allentown Rescue Mission provides lodging services to over 946 men per year and serves over 42,000 meals per year to men in need.
To refer someone to the Allentown Rescue Mission for services or to learn how you can help make a difference, please visit www.allentownrescuemission.org
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Allentown Rescue Mission