But as the conversation proceeded, I learned that Marcia Vander Woude who is also an Adjunct Professor at Grand Valley State University was involved in much more than a part-time real estate career.
Marcia began to share her passion about Health Intervention Services and invited me to come by and take a tour. Prior to our connection through a showing request, I had never heard of Health Intervention Services although this mission of mercy and healing has been functioning in some capacity in the local area since 1988.
Health Intervention Services, (HIS) is a faith-based, non-profit 501 (c)3 health care center which is located in the Burton Heights neighborhood in Grand Rapids, MI. “HIS is founded on the belief that the intrinsic value of all people justifies the right to quality health services that promote physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. ” (quote from promotional sheet)
While touring the facility, I was surprised to see how comprehensive the care offered on site was. Included were dental care, optical care, comprehensive medical and dental care, psychological and social work counselling, medication assistance and spiritual encouragement.
The service is staffed almost entirely by volunteers…over 130 of them of which 76 are medical professionals and a small crew of 10 full or part-time employees. It’s extraordinary to think of what this group of committed individuals has accomplished in just this past year by averaging over 1,000 patient visits each month!
HIS also collaborates with other community organizations to maximize the utilization of scarce resources in challenging economic times. Patients who visit the center participate on a sliding scale fee base with the minimum payment being $20.
On December 9, 2009 there will be a special fundraising concert to help raise money to fund the organizations’ efforts which will enable them to continue their work in caring for people. The concert features World Renowned Tenor, Carlos Seise who will be performing at the Basilica of St. Adalbert located on 704 4th St. NW Grand Rapids, MI. Tickets can be purchased for $40 or $25 (special rate for Seniors over 60+ or Students) by contacting Marcia at firstname.lastname@example.org or Thressa @email@example.com.
It is really heartening to see the difference that this organization is making at a time when so many people are in need of health care assistance in our local community.
Health Intervention Services (HIS)
15 Andre St. SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49507
616-475-1363 web: www.hisgr.org