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Funds from closed family clinic go to other charities

Date: July 18, 2014 Author: Stacey Categories: News

MARION — While the doors to the Hands of Hope Family Clinic have closed, the clinic’s board of directors continued serving those in need by donating the clinic’s remaining funds to agencies and groups with similar missions.

The clinic closed June 30th after 15 years of providing health care to working low-income residents in Franklin, Johnson and Williamson counties. The free clinic couldn’t accept insurance and closed as a result of the nation’s Affordable Care Act, which requires all citizens to have coverage.

The clinic’s board disbursed the clinic’s remaining funds, about $200,000, to more than a dozen charitable organizations in the counties it formerly served.

“We formed a committee to search out agencies serving the same socio-economic groups we served so that they could help them as we did over the past 15 years,” Hands of Hope executive director Mindy Hammond said. “The committee did a lot of hard work, researching groups before deciding on recipients.”

The committee settled on 16 organizations and divided the money up based on the number of people in the counties who sought out the clinic’s services each year.

The Marion Ministerial Alliance, which operates a food pantry, soup kitchen and offers other assistance to those in need, received $50,000, as did Lighthouse Shelter in Marion.

Varying amounts were donated to other organizations including Pregnancy Matters, Church of Cheers Sunday Soup Kitchen — First Christian Church, Marion Health Foundation, Gumdrops, Williamson County Family Crisis Center, the Promise Mission and Create A Smile Dental Foundation, all in Williamson County; Goreville Ministerial Alliance, Blessing in a Backpack, Hospitality House and Homemaker’s Food and Nutrition program, all in Johnson County; and in Franklin County, the Benton-West City Ministerial Alliance, West Frankfort Ministerial Association, and Crosswalk Community Action Agency’s Food Pantry.

“The Hands of Hope board of directors count it a privilege and a blessing to be able to contribute to the work of these organizations and to be able to aid in the mission to help those in need in our area,” Hammond said.

Crosswalk executive director Debbie Jackanicz said the $4,000 donation was invaluable to the pantry that serves 800 to 1,300 individual households in Franklin County each month.

“We have one of the highest unemployment rates in the state and have had for two years. The need is there, especially in the summer when kids are out of school and don’t have the free breakfasts and lunches they get during the school year” she said. “We can help a lot of people with this money. It’s a real blessing.”

July 15, 2014 • By Becky Malkovich

 

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