Grace is not just a word; it is an action. At Hardin Clinic, grace in action takes the form of volunteers ensuring that their community receives the medical care they need.
Grace Church Powell, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Powell, Ohio (Jeff Stimpson, lead pastor), was given an opportunity to share the love of Christ with their community. Hardin Clinic, located in the Linden neighborhood, was donated to Grace Church Powell after Dr. James Hardin’s passing.
The clinic is overseen by Bob Roth, the operations manager and a board member for the clinic, with Tim Farner, missions pastor at Grace Church Powell, and Dan Green, missions pastor at Grace Polaris, a Charis Fellowship congregation in Westerville, Ohio (Mike Yoder, lead pastor).
“It is truly a community working together to support each other to fulfill needs,” shares Hardin Clinic Administrator Melissa Mason. “It is an encouragement to be a small part of this service. Our neighbors in need in the surrounding neighborhoods are appreciative of the quality, free medical care and spiritual support offered.”
Yes—it’s free. Through the tireless efforts of volunteer physicians, nurses, pharmacists, office staff, and prayer volunteers, the surrounding community can rely on consistent physical, spiritual, and emotional care without worrying about a penny.
Hardin Clinic cares for about 400 patients a year for the last five years. It is staffed by about 10 volunteers donating at least four hours each Saturday.
The Clinic also has a limited pharmacy, striving to provide as many medications as possible for free. Volunteer pharmacists and pharmacy students distribute the drugs and provide medication counseling. Due to the generous support of Kroger, the clinic provides blood pressure and blood glucose monitors and testing strips for proper home management of diabetes and hypertension.
Additionally, Hardin Clinic has recently been blessed by a local dentist willing to volunteer his services.
“Through generous donations we have been equipped with a portable dental unit that was outfitted with a dental exam room,” Mason says. “We are seeking God’s will as we explore options for expanding dentistry at Hardin.”
Most recently, to put grace in action, the clinic partnered with Linden McKinley High School to provide no-cost physicals for student-athletes. 75 physicals were given at the event this May, and many local college students attended to share their testimonies.
Donations to the clinic are managed with great care to ensure the building and equipment is well cared for and up-to-date, and to expand the services offered. Hardin Clinic is so grateful for the opportunity to join with volunteers and supporters allowing the community to experience the love of Christ through the gift of free medical care.
[Connect:] Click here for more information on joining this family of volunteers serving grateful patients, or to send a note of encouragement to Melissa Mason and the rest of the Hardin Clinic family.
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