Actually, it was more than $100,000, but since the goal at this year’s fundraising banquet was $80,000 the charity’s leaders are understandably ecstatic.
“We served 1,794 patients in the last year,” said executive director Sue Neal, “and this income will make it possible for us to serve even more in the coming year.”
Battle Ground HealthCare’s success begins with its clear vision: “Bringing health, hope, and healing to our community.” Along with free dental and vision services, 139 volunteer professionals make it possible for the clinic to offer multiple support programs for diabetes management and personal rehabilitation.
Pastor Ed Staton, founding pastor of the Landmark Church, offered prayer at the banquet. “We pray today for past, current, and future clients that have, are, and will receive the good care that this organization provides. We pray for abundant provision for the needs of Battle Ground HealthCare and ask that you would grant a few miracles along the way as well. May you use us to accomplish your will on earth as we demonstrate your love by helping others in any way we are able.”
One of the clinic’s most successful rehabilitation programs is Taking Back My Life, a self-management course for people suffering from fibromyalgia, diabetes or other chronic pain condition. Graduates of the program tell the story best.
Michelle Vanderhoef has five children and has spent her life caring for people with disabilities. Six years ago, after being diagnosed with multiple chronic conditions and being on over a dozen medications, Michelle sought help in the Taking Back My Life program at Battle Ground HealthCare. Today, at 51, Michelle is pain free and is off all those medications. She once again is able to enjoy her favorite outdoor activities of hiking, gardening, and fishing. Even better, Michelle is now one of Battle Ground HealthCare’s active volunteers.
To meet some of the clinic volunteers and hear more success stories from patients, please go to: http://battlegroundhealthcare.org