One of the biggest challenges those struggling with homelessness face is access to healthcare. When your average person gets sick we call the doctor and get checked out. We have no problem filling our prescriptions and making follow-up appointments. When we’re sick we can stay in bed in the comforts of our homes. The Federal government defines chronically homeless as “either an unaccompanied homeless individual with a disabling condition who has been continuously homeless for a year or more, or an unaccompanied individual with a disabling condition who has had at least four episodes of homelessness in the past three years.”
For the individual that’s chronically homeless the daily struggle is survival and finding your next meal. Many are constantly sick and it can be quite a challenge to receive the proper healthcare they are in need of. Recently, Research College of Nursing reached out to Morning Glory Ministries to see if they could bring some of their nursing students to provide wellness checks to our guests. This past week a team of 10 nurses provided blood pressure checks and vision testing to our guests. They educated them on next steps they could take and encouraged them to come back the next week to be retested.
My Mom was a nurse for 37 years and my whole life she pounded into me the importance of always staying on top of your health. Her dream before she passed was to travel to third world countries on medical mission trips but she never had the chance. For 27 years she worked in the Oncology Department at Children’s Mercy with kids who had cancer. She attended countless funerals with her
co-workers, rarely talked about work at home, prayed for the kids she worked with, and was passionate about helping and caring for others until the day she died. I learned from her the importance of taking care of yourself and serving others.
One important aspect of the Emergency Assistance Program at Morning Glory is we give bus passes to guests for appointments and pay to have their prescriptions filled. In 2017 we helped fill over 200 prescriptions for the poor, needy, and homeless in downtown Kansas City.
Pray this week for the health of the homeless. Ask God to heal and bring health to those in need. Take it one step further and pray for their spiritual health as well. Be thankful for your own health and take care of those around you who are sick.
“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
– Psalms 73:26
“The one who helps the sick and needy touches the flesh of Christ, alive and present in our midst.
– Pope Francis