PELHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- To many, health care is just a dream. Some have to choose between seeing a doctor and other essentials, like groceries. “I can’t afford to go to the doctor,” says Roxanne Wilson. For Wilson and other Shelby County residents, there’s hope. Namely, the Community of Hope Health Clinic. “[You have] to live in Shelby County, not have any health insurance whatsoever, and meet certain income levels,” explains Chris Monceret, Executive Director of the clinic. “At, or below, 200 per cent of the poverty level.”
Using that business model, it’d be hard to make payroll. That’s the other amazing side of the Community of Hope Health Clinic; all the doctors and nurses volunteer their time. “In addition to the medical team, we have a non-medical team that are volunteers. They’re all doing this because they consider it mission work, and they consider that they’re giving back in their own community,” says Monceret.
The staff does get hot meals during or after their shifts, donated by local churches. They also leave with a warm feeling in their hearts. “People can go out of the country to do mission work,” says Monceret, ”But, we have mission work right here in Shelby County that needs to be done.”
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