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The 2012 Downtown Compassion Clinic was held on June 16th at the Portland Memorial Colliseum. This was the third Downtown Compassion Clinic, which is part of the larger organization, Compassion Connect. For hundreds of uninsured and underinsured individuals in the downtown Portland community, this event provided free medical and dental care along with other services such as vision screening; footcare; chiropractic care; a Social Service Fair with access to 30+ Social Service agencies, a prayer team, haircuts, footwashing, and personal care items; bike repair; pet kenneling; and free breakfast and lunch. Our church partnered with other downtown congregations including First Baptist, Imago Dei, The Pearl, St. Vincent De Paul, Portland Rescue Mission, Solid Rock, and Union Gospel Mission, to make this a very successful endeavor.
Our members came together to provide over 120 medical prescription vouchers which provided essential medications for the medical and dental patients seen that day. First Church also hosted several hundred volunteers at the Downtown Compassion Orientation and Volunteer Training held on the evening of June 14th.
By the numbers, this year’s Compassion Clinic fed over 4000 meals, had 91 dental guests, provided over 250 medical services, gave in excess of 120 haircuts, took signups for $2500 worth of pet spay and neuter
services, handed out over 700 pounds of dog and cat food, gave approximately 200 vaccinations, healed people with prayer, and generally provided hope and respect to the hundreds of guests who attended.
We thank all First Church members who participated either by volunteering or donating funds for the prescription vouchers. This is truly one of Portland’s most important social services programs each year and we should all be proud to have been a part in supporting this effort. A job well done!
Please visit the Compassion Connect website, www.compassionconnect.com, or the Downtown Compassion website, www.downtowncompassion.org, for more information on this ministry and for a listing of other Compassion Clinics scheduled in the Portland area this year.