Angels Among Us
Every once in a great while you come across a member of the community who goes above and beyond in countless ways. Open Door has been blessed over the years to have such a friend—who has given his time, his money, and used his connections to help numerous clients in need.
Through his business of selling health insurance, he grew involved in helping the less fortunate obtain health care. Access to health care is difficult in the homeless population, and many go to the hospital for primary care. In the past the Hope bus was a portable clinic available to this population. Once it was no longer available, our friend partnered with FaithHealth (now part of Wake Forest Baptist Health) to obtain nursing care for our guests at our Men’s Shelter.
In February of 2019, he and our staff cleaned out two rooms in our Shelter. He brought in supplies including gloves and over the counter medications, and began a weekly clinic staffed with nurses. Later, in the fall of last year, our friend also set up Snelling vision screenings partnering with America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses. Some of our guests needed further testing, which they received, and all who needed them received two pairs of eyeglasses.
That’s not all. Our friend arranged for health care workers to come to Open Door to hold trainings for the staff. Topics included the use of an AED, conflict de-escalation, and first aid.
Once he became acquainted with Open Door, our staff, and our facility, our friend also made sure other needs were met (unrelated to the health clinic) including a new water fountain in the Shelter, help purchasing a hot water tank, and an iPad for staff to use in case management.
When asked why he continues to do so much for Open Door, he responded humbly, “I guess it’s a Jesus thing.” God has placed an angel right in our midst.
(pictured is volunteer nurse Linda Newton interviewing a client in the Men's Shelter)