To help our neighbors maintain good health and live safely, our part-time Community Health Worker, Carrie Weber, who is also a registered nurse, is available at Living Stones meals and events to provide counsel, answer questions, and furnish referrals as appropriate. She serves as a liaison between our neighbors and public assistance programs and connects them with resources like homeless shelters, food stamps, food banks and free medical, vision and dental clinics. She answers questions about medications and symptoms they may be experiencing, helps them fill out forms, takes blood pressures, and offers advice about personal hygiene, healthy eating, dental care, etc.
Living Stones also has a vital partnership with St. Clair Health, working together to improve the health and quality of life for both our neighbors and communities. In addition to donating food for our meal ministry, St. Clair Health makes it possible for Living Stones neighbors to receive free flu shots at all our Sunday meals throughout the flu season. They donate all the supplies necessary to prepare for and administer the shots, along with staff nurses who work with our nurse volunteers to administer the shots. In addition, St. Clair Health, in conjunction with the American Heart Association, is conducting a blood pressure screening program with follow-up appointments for those needing further care. As we move into our second year of this partnership, we are excited about other opportunities on the horizon.