THE STORY OF HELPING HANDS
The Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center, Inc. opened our doors on April 20, 2007. Since opening the clinic, we have seen and are following over 1500 patients. We average 45 patients every clinic with the assistance of usually three medical doctors and several nurses. The patients come to the clinic from 42 different zip codes throughout the central Ohio area from ten different counties. Almost all of the patients are in the age range of 18-64 years old. The majority of the patients have graduated from high school or college. Over 67% of the patients are at or below the 0-100% of the poverty level. The clinic provides services to patients who are at or below the 200% poverty level. The ethnicity of the patients who come to the clinic include 46% are African-American, 45% are White and 9% are Hispanic, Asian or Somalia.
The services that the clinic has provided include routine medical examinations including work and school related physicals, diabetes and hypertension screenings and treatment, laboratory services, prescriptions services, health instructions, referrals to specialty clinics and social service agencies and spiritual guidance. The Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center depends on the support of individuals, churches, businesses and grants for the operational expenses of the clinic. The clinic continues to reach out for support. Every gift helps get patients back to work, to school, or to caring for their families. Any gift of time, talent or financial support will make an impact on the quality of health care for those who need the services of the Helping Hands Health and Wellness Center. One of the clients expressed her gratitude for the services of the clinic by saying, “You have made a huge positive difference in my life and are helping me to get better and back to being a productive, happy, self-sufficient person.”