Pastor Jamie Tuttle explained the church’s Good Samaritan efforts stem from its love for the community.
Approximately 500 people were offered aid last year. The public’s response to the services floored both Jamie and his wife, Judy Jacobs Tuttle. The Tuttles and their church received many thanks and much feedback from the event.
According to the first Life Clinic’s records, the 500 guests took advantage of the free services:
n 150 medical health screenings;
n 300 vision screenings
n 150 vision check-ups
n eye glasses valued at a total of $10,000;
n 170 dental check-ups;
n 52 children teeth cleanings;
n and 100 haircuts.
The response inspired Dwelling Place to surpass 500 guests and reach for at least 1,000 people at the second annual clinic.
“It was an overwhelming response, actually,” Jamie said. “We came to the realization of how united this community is, and can be, and really the passion of this community to impact others, specifically family. I think that is what makes us (Cleveland) what I like to call the oasis of the world.”
The church has extended the opportunity for local businesses and organizations to join as sponsors for the event. These levels include: Leading Level, $5,000; Giving Level, $2,500; and Loving Level, $1,000. City Mayor Tom Rowland and his wife, Sandra, have already joined as co-chairs for the event.
Sandra said last year’s event was phenomenal.
“People were coming with their children for dental and eye care and mammograms. It was just things needed that they couldn’t afford,” she said.
“You could tell that people were relieved, that this was something they needed. Then they got to meet people who cared.”
Sandra continued, “It was very refreshing to see the people who came forward, the families who came forward. Some people are too proud to ask for help, but that was a great way to do it: it is here, come if you want to. And a lot of people came.”
Those who decide to sponsor the event will receive their company name on all advertising, press releases, banners at the event and on the church’s website.
The clinic is still in need of medical professionals like doctors, nurses, dentists, dental assistants, optometrists and more. There is also plenty of room for additional community organizations, churches and volunteers to join the effort.
Rowland joined his wife in sharing his view on the Life Clinic.
“Every area in town needs help when it comes to Christ, but I think there are several ways you can preach if you are a pastor,” Rowland said. “You can preach by reaching out and extending a hand, and this is what Jamie and Judy are doing. That sends a strong message. To think there is someone, maybe the first time in someone’s life, that somebody cares in the name of Christ.”
More information can be found by contacting Toni Miles at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 423-559-0173.