Wednesday, June 24, 2009

A Mission of Mercy helps 24,000 a year

Clinic Hopes Morning Coffee Will Recruit More Volunteers

Reported by: Jackie Cutler Monday, Jun 1, 2009 @05:21pm EST
FREDERICK, MD - Sometimes a little coffee is all you need to get the day started, so now a non-profit organization is using it as the catalyst to get more people helping the uninsured.

Mission of Mercy may not have planned it when it first started, but its initials spell out MOM, a fitting name for the organization, which has cared for the community for more than 15 years.

"Coffee with MOM" is their latest focus. Members of the community tour to get a first-hand look at the need and how the organization helps people.

The organization sees more than 22,000 people a year. Some patients come to the mission as early as 3:00 or 4:00 a.m. just to be seen at 9:00. However, even though they arrive that early, there's no guarantee that they'll have a spot.

Those who come often don't have health insurance or can't afford it.

With the economic downturn, a new trend is emerging.

"In one day they find out they have no primary care doctor anymore, they have no insurance anymore. They have no way of buying these medications anymore," said Dr. Michael Sullivan, who works with the mission.

The organization is looking to the "Coffee with MOM" events to help make primary care accessible to all.

A Mission of Mercy is located at 22 S. Market St. #6D in Frederick. They can be reached at (301) 682-5683.

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