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Living a Healthy Life

Tuesday, 12 March 2013 07:32


HealthVisions East St. Louis completed its fifth “Living a Healthy Life” workshop that was conducted at Unity Lutheran Church, located at 42nd & Caseyville in East St. Louis. Ten participants completed the six sessions including Pastor Willie Stallworth. Like all of the other individuals at the other churches, Unity Lutheran’s participants were just as enthusiastic about the workshop.

Living a Healthy Life-Live Well, Be Well is a six week group education workshop series for adults living with a chronic condition. The Patient Education Research Center at Stanford University developed the program to help people with chronic conditions gain self-confidence in their ability to manager their health. The sessions provide information regarding issues related to a variety of conditions - diabetes, heart disease, stroke, arthritis, emphysema and many other health problems.

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Volunteer Spotlight Betty Poe January 2013

Friday, 01 February 2013 13:43

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Newsletter March 2012

Monday, 30 July 2012 13:46

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In this Issue

  • "All My Days" Summer Camp 2011
  • Health Visions East St. Louis Salutes Volunteers
  • HealthVisions ESL Workshop

Mission Moment

Thursday, 22 March 2012 00:00

Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily activities that we forget why we do the ministry that we do. Last Friday God decided to send a reminder to help me keep perspective. I was sitting at my desk and heard someone ask if I was in the office. I was told that someone wanted to see me. To my surprise it was one of our seniors that we provide transportation for medical appointments. She had asked the volunteer driver who just happened to be my husband to bring her by the office because she wanted to see me and thank us for being there when she needed a ride several years earlier. She wanted to thank us for the work that we do because she said she really needed it and we had been there each time she needed to go for her appointments in St. Louis. She said that there would not have been any other way for her to get to the doctor had we not been able to take her. She gave me a great big hug and we both laughed. I was very surprised to see her. We chatted for a few minutes and she updated me about her current medical condition and said she would be sure to give a donation by the end of the month. She reminded me that we will have to hold it until the third of the month when she gets her check but she wanted to make sure that she donated because we had been so good to her. Before she left, she again gave me a great BIG hug and I gave her one too. It was so good to see her again and she blessed me by sharing how grateful she was for the ministry.

That same day I received a call from a senior who is 80 years old and had registered for transportation but had not used it. She asked to speak to me and talked a long time about how important the ministry was to her and other seniors in the community. She said we just did not know how difficult it is for seniors to get around in the community for transportation services to the doctor. She thanked me over and over again for the ministry being here. She said that she knew a man who was 91 years old and was blind that needed to go to the VA in St. Louis and had actually gone blind because he could not get transportation there to keep his appointments. She wanted to know if we could help him and I assured her that we could. She was thankful and said that she was going to see if she could have a friend come by her house to pick up a $5 donation to give us just for being here for other seniors. We talked for a long time and she told me about her life in the area. I realized that she not only needed transportation, but just someone to talk to and listen to her. After she had said all she wanted to that day, she said, I’ll let you get back to your work.” She didn’t realize I had been doing my work all along while I listened to her.

These are just two reminders of why we do what we do. Sometimes we need reminders. I thank God for these two angels He sent to remind me. I wanted to share with you because I know you have angels to. Sometimes we may fail to realize who they are and how important their calls and visits are. At times we may even see them as interruptions. But for those of us who are in ministry to serve God’s people, these reminders and moments of reflection are so important.

Paula E. Wills, LCSW
HV East St. Louis


Living a Healthy Life

Monday, 12 March 2012 10:24

2012-03-12-Living-a-Healthy-LifeIt just keeps getting better, better in the sense that we are reaching more people as we strive to build healthier communities.  HealthVisions East St. Louis completed another workshop with members of New Bethel Baptist Church, located at 5803 Belmont Avenue in East St. Louis, where Rev. Myron Taylor is Pastor.  We are extremely proud to report that fifteen enthusiastic individuals received certificates of completion in the fellowship hall of the church, Thursday, March 1, 2012.

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Living a Healthy Life

Wednesday, 22 February 2012 00:00

2012-02-22-Living-a-Healthy-LifeEast St. Louis completed its third “Living a Healthy Life-Live Well, Be Well Workshop” Thursday, October 6, 2011. The site for the workshop was Pilgrim Temple CME Church located at 1800 Trendley Avenue in East St. Louis, Illinois.

Living a Healthy Life is a six week education workshop series for adults living with a chronic condition. The Patient Education Research Center at Stanford University developed the program to help people with chronic conditions gain self-confidence in their ability to manage their health. The sessions provided information about issues related to a variety of conditions – diabetes, heart disease, stroke, asthma, arthritis, emphysema and many others.

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Volunteer Spotlight

Monday, 21 March 2011 09:36

2011-03-21-Johnnie-ConradMs. Johnnie Conrad has been a volunteer for the Faith in Action to Serve and Transform (FAST) Ministry more than four years. FAST assigned Ms. Conrad to a senior who is now 96 years old in October 2006 for friendly visits. They quickly became friends after their first meeting. Soon after Ms. Conrad was assigned to the senior she had to go out of town. FAST called the senior to see if she wanted another volunteer to visit her. She quickly said no and told us that she would wait for “Conrad.”Ms. Conrad visits the senior each week and they sit and talk or do whatever the senior wants to do. When Ms. Conrad goes out of town and is unable to make the visits, she calls the senior to check on her. Sometimes the senior wants to get out of the house so Ms. Conrad will take her for a ride or they may go out to lunch to eat. Whatever the senior wants to do, Ms. Conrad is there for her. Ms. Conrad is committed to making a difference in the life of her friend who is old enough to be her mother. The love Ms. Conrad shows to the senior is shared by the senior. The senior no longer feels isolated and lonely and she knows that somebody cares including God through the ministry of Ms. Conrad. This is the love and compassion that Christ expects us to show and we all can learn from the example of Ms. Conrad. FAST and the senior are so blessed to have Ms. Conrad as a volunteer. Mrs. Conrad is a member of St. Augustine of HIPPO Catholic Church. She seeks not only to help the FAST seniors but others in the community that she can help make a difference in their lives. To that end, FAST would like to commend and spotlight Johnnie Conrad as our volunteer.

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"All My Days" Summer Youth Camp

Tuesday, 15 March 2011 14:39

2011-03-15-All-My-Days"All My Days" Summer Youth Camp sponsored by Faith in Action to Serve and Transform (FAST) ministry impacted the care receivers in our community this summer by providing volunteer services. The campers provided yard work, light housekeeping, assisted transportation, friendly visits and telephone reassurance. FAST also provides transportation to care receivers 60 years of age and above. The youth assisted the care receivers to the doctor, cleaning basements, cutting grass and pulling weeds in yards. "Many of our care receivers are not able to walk for long periods of time and the campers didn't hesitate to assist them during transports," says Carol Toller Program Manager for FAST and Director of the summer youth camp. Care receivers are transported to the doctor and need assistance getting in and out of the vehicle or someone to stay with them while they are at the doctor's office. The youth were willing and ready to go along and friendships between our care receiver's and campers were formed.

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Minnesota Dream Team

Sunday, 13 June 2010 18:00

2010-06-14-Dream-TeamSeven volunteers from Minnesota and one from Wisconsin made up the 2010 Minnesota dream team. They joined Sr. Annemarie and Angie Martin from the Hammond office, and Tyneshia Wikinson and Brandon Vaughn ESL volunteers to help the staff at HealthVisions East St. Louis move to their new offices in June.

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HealthVisions (ESL) Update (March '10)

Sunday, 28 February 2010 18:00

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In this Issue

  • Top Ladies Of Distinction (TLOD) Assists with Transportation
  • A Volunteer Who Makes A Difference
  • New Office Location
  • What Is Colorectal Cancer?

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