In the spring of 2011 churches across South Lyon and the Metro Detroit region came together to spread Jesus’ love to the community through acts of kindness during the E.A.C.H. (Everyone A Chance To Hear) initiative. As part of E.A.C.H., several churches in South Lyon hosted free medical and dental services for the people of the community. Over 120 people were seen over three days and those people received over 170 individual visits with health care professionals. Doctors, dentists, dental hygienists, and other health professionals volunteered their services to make it happen. This effort was coordinated for E.A.C.H. by Covenant Community Care, a non-profit health care provider in Detroit.
A coalition of local churches and community leaders worked together in 2012 to continue to bring free health care to the South Lyon community. Health care professionals from Covenant Community Care, supported by local volunteers, provided medical and dental care using trailers and equipment provided by Covenant Community Care. Walk-in clinics were provided on April 27-28, 30 & May 1; July 23-24; and October 22-23 at First United Methodist Church. Covenant Community Care retained records of care provided.
In the four days of April 2012 alone, 89 persons received medical and dental services valued at $17,000. Services provided included teeth cleaning, x-rays, oral exams, extractions, medical exams, eye exams, glucose blood tests, body mass index, denture repair, massage therapy, and referrals. Free lunches were provided by Salvation Army for each day of the clinic. Local churches provided water, beverages, and snacks. Participating churches and organizations were Active Faith, Crossroads, Fellowship Evangelical Presbyterian, First Baptist, First Presbyterian, First United Methodist, Oakpointe, Solid Rock and St. Joseph Parish.
In 2013, pastoral staff from organizing churches and community leaders decided to create a non-profit entity, Capernaum Health Clinic, to provide ongoing free medical and dental care for persons in the South Lyon area. Capernaum Clinic will continue to obtain mobile dental services through Covenant Community Care, but will solicit its own medical volunteers, supplies, equipment, and pharmaceuticals. Medical records will be retained by the Project Coordinator of Capernaum Clinic. The work of the organization will be guided by the Board of Directors in consultation with a Medical Director, legal and financial counsel, and a project coordinator.
Clinics for 2013 are scheduled as follows: April 22-26 @ First United Methodist; July 22-26 @ St. Joseph Catholic Church; October 21-25 @ First Presbyterian Church. Participants must meet income qualifications for the 2013 clinics. Participating churches will provide lunches, water, beverages and snacks. The clinics comprise fifteen days of dental care by appointment only and six days of walk-in medical care.
Future goals beyond 2013 include securing a community-based dental team and providing clinics on a regular basis. The Board of Directors will solicit memberships, financial support, and volunteers outside of the organizing churches while retaining the focus of providing care in the name of Jesus Christ. Organizers of the Capernaum Health Clinic look to a future in which all persons in the South Lyon area will have access to medical and dental care regardless of their economic circumstances.