Dwelling Place Church International is stepping out with more than 40 community partners to host Saturday’s Come Back to Life clinic at the Family Support Center on Blythe Avenue.
The clinic is open to the general public.
Event Coordinator Toni Miles explained the clinic will have a variety of medical personnel present. Individuals and families who come Saturday can expect the opportunity for a free medical checkup, vision screening and checkup, dental care and mammogram screening.
“A lot of times, even for working people, it costs additional money, so you let [dental and vision care go lacking], to ensure you have basic health care,” Miles said. “[The clinic] is an opportunity to come and at least get your kid’s teeth cleaned.”
Registration will begin at 10 a.m. and remain open until 1 p.m. The clinic will continue until 2 p.m. Miles assured everyone registered will have an opportunity to visit each station.
According to Miles, attendees will not be asked for personal information in the registration line. Adults, parents and guardians will be asked to sign a liability form before entering the clinic.
In addition to medical services, those attending will also have the opportunity to receive a free haircut.
Each medical station is ready to write up additional services needed as seen through the initial screening.
“If there are additional services you may need, then there will be a referral form,” Miles explained. “The doctor can write the information and then it is given to the health department.”
Attendees who provide contact information will receive a follow-up phone call from the health department.
Miles reiterated how many community partners like Beyond Religion Ministries, The Caring Place, TJ Maxx, Coca Cola, Wal-Mart and Williams Construction stepped up once they heard about the clinic. The Indian Ministries of North America have donated 3,000 pairs of Skechers shoes for children. These will be available in addition to free food for everyone.
Fun activities will be set up in the middle of the Family Support Center gym to keep kids entertained during their parents’ and guardians’ screenings.
Pastor Jamie Tuttle of DPCI said the clinic has been a long time coming.
“A year or so ago, the Lord started really impressing on me to reach into the community with life,” Tuttle explained. “The thought came to mind of Come Back to Life, dealing with people who are suffering and struggling.”
Judy Jacobs, Tuttle’s wife, also sings a song called “Come Back to Life.” Miles explained the idea is coming back to life, coming back to Jesus Christ, regardless of what hand life has dealt you.
“Life clinic ... is what we would call our efforts to go into the sick ward area of Bradley County and take life, so to speak, into that area with an emphasis in giving back, giving to and bringing encouragement to families who may not be in the same place economically as others.”
Tuttle reiterated the clinic is for everyone interested in visiting.
“Our desire is to impact all of Bradley County and Cleveland,” Tuttle explained. “We are very excited about the first Life clinic, and we will continue to do this as an organization partnering with Cleveland and Bradley County in the future.”
Continued Tuttle, “Our passion is to make a difference, and work with other churches. This is not just a one local church program. Our desire is for all of us to come together and work together.”