St. Clair County, IL
Impact of Illinois Budget Impasse
We have seen it in the papers……how Seniors in Illinois are impacted by the State of Illinois budget impasse. HealthVisions of East St. Louis (HVESL) is seeing the impact first hand. Services are dwindling. HVESL has been able to continue its ministry to Seniors in the area due to the Sponsorship of the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, grants from AgeSmart, the Daughters of Charity Foundation of Saint Louis and other sources.
The report below combines stories from seniors and organizations struggling to keep their doors open.
Empowering the People of East St. Louis to Live Healthier
Inspired by the compassion of Jesus and the example of Saint Katharina Kasper, HealthVisions of East St. Louis strives to empower the people in East St. Louis to live healthier.
HealthVisions of East St. Louis is serving the community of East St. Louis since the sale of St. Mary Hospital. The Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, who sponsored the hospital, are committed to maintaining their mission and values in the area once serviced by St. Mary Hospital.
The goals of HealthVisions East St. Louis are:
- Empower faith-based organizations to use their talents and gifts to provide or improve ministries.
- Develop and facilitate partnerships with faith communities, health and social services.
- Provide advocacy and non-medical support services to seniors, the poor and the disabled.
- Promote wholistic health.
- Address systemic community health needs.
Mission Outreach Reaching Everyone (M.O.R.E.)
The Mission Outreach Reaching Everyone (M.O.R.E.) Program provides support and training to help leaders and congregations fulfill their outreach mission and to become volunteer-friendly churches. Using biblical principles that promote Christ's mandate to serve, the M.O.R.E. program focuses on six key areas: 1) spiritual gifts, 2) leadership, 3) how to serve like Christ together, 4) mission/vision, 5) homebound outreach, and 6) ministering with difficult personalities.
Living a Healthy Life
Living a Healthy Life is a six-week group education workshop for adults living with a chronic condition. The sessions provide information about issues related to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, asthma, arthritis, emphysema and other chronic conditions. The workshop is designed to complement the professional services provided by your health care team.
Download: Living a Healthy Life brochure.
Faith in Action to Serve and Transform (FAST)
The Faith in Action to Serve and Transform (FAST) Program promotes healthy living and independence by providing interfaith, volunteer based non-medical support and caregiver services to seniors 60 years and older who are homebound, frail, disabled or afflicted with chronic illnesses in the Greater East St. Louis community. FAST program services seek to ease loneliness and isolation often felt by seniors in need of comfort and care.
Volunteers provide one-on-one transportation to seniors 60 years and older. Priority is given to medical transportation, but FAST volunteers also provide transit for business, shopping, recreation and other events. Volunteers receive training and comprehensive screening including criminal background checks.
Case Managers assist seniors with accessing services and resources that enable them to maintain their independence. They teach seniors about making healthy lifestyle choices and act as advocates for improved benefits that have a positive impact on their quality of life.