Many organizations, including St. Vincent’s, support global mission trips that provide free medical care to the underserved around the world. But there are an estimated 3,000 people right here in Jacksonville that are homeless, and many others who face significant barriers to receiving healthcare. Seeing this need, St. Vincent’s brings the mission “home” once a year for Medical Mission at Home. It is a one-day annual event designed to deliver health care, social and support services to those who might not otherwise have access to these services, including: medical care and testing for the entire family, vision and hearing screenings, skin cancer screenings, behavioral health, diabetes education, free food and other resources.
Who We Have Helped:
Jeanette has suffered a number of setbacks and still chooses to see the best in people. She told a volunteer that, “I was living out of a hotel on Easter Sunday, and actually even the week before. I made food for anybody that would want it in the hotel, and I literally fed over two dozen people on Easter Sunday… I have medical issues with my back and joints. I have suffered with bad teeth for well over five years. I actually had a mild heart attack. I mean, God made me; he doesn’t make mistakes. I’m here for a reason, but I would like to know that I’ve got at least another good twenty years in me. But if I don’t get the medical help, I don’t know if that’s going to be true or not. But I try to stay positive. I try to find something to be happy about every day.” People like Jeanette are why St. Vincent’s brought the mission “home” to provide compassionate care where it is needed most.