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Underground Free Clinic


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Underground Free Clinic


WE OFFER MEDICAL CARE AND COMPREHENSIVE NON-MEDICAL SERVICES FOR THOSE WITH THE GREATEST NEED IN OUR COMMUNITY


Our Skylight Comprehensive Care Model

We operate through a skylight comprehensive care model inspired and informed by the events of Luke 5. In this very old story, it is physical suffering or a medical condition that proves to be the catalyst for one man’s search for something more. The initial gesture of the group of advocates is to find healing for their friend limited by a physical condition. That search leads them to Jesus. It is not always easy, in a world (and in the church) crowded with things that are connected to Jesus, but not really him. Pushing through that crowded space can be a difficult thing to manage. These friends are not only persistent but resourceful. With no real access and no real resources, they make a hole in the roof and lower their friend into the company of Jesus. This kind of relationship with those in pain or those in need serves not only as an inspiration, but also a model for us. These friends of the sick create a skylight under which Jesus not only heals the man, but restores him into relationship with God and community. From this story, we derive our approach and the core values that drive it:

Hope. Healing. Wholeness.

Hope. Offering friendship with both God and his people.

The need that the sick person feels is for hope and healing. Yet, when the sick man in Luke 5 was looking for healing, Jesus first offered him forgiveness. This strange gift uncovers the deeper need that every patient brings into the clinic. A need for restored relationship with God. It is our conviction that the first and most important need of each patient is hope. And our deepest hope is for restored relationship with God through Jesus Christ. The second, which is like it, is meaningful friendship with people. It is our intention to offer the friendship of both God and his people to every patient.

Healing. Offering the highest possible medical care.

Under the skylight Jesus first offers forgiveness, something he contends is actually harder to assure than the restoration of the paralytics legs. Yet, to establish the validity of the one, he offers the other. His miraculous gesture heals the man and he leaves the assembly walking and carrying his own mat. In that act of miraculous care, Jesus also validates the work of healing itself. He validates the pain and struggle of the man, taking care to address that core need to be well, and in his case, to walk again. Often the poor are left to cope with their conditions with inferior or dehumanizing medical care. Our conviction is that the neediest in our midst should be able to find a place where they can receive effective, consistent care, from a family doctor that knows them and in an environment that makes them feel important and valued. We recognize that there are limits to the scope and effect of modern medicine, and while we aim to bring to bear all modern tools at our disposal, we also aim to ask, in prayer, for the comprehensive healing of each patient we see. We  are not healers, but see ourselves and our health care providers as advocates and intercessors. We do all that we can, and that includes bringing the needs of our patients, in prayer, before the one who has the power to heal them.

Wholeness. Offering a comprehensive referral service for patients with non medical needs.

Under the skylight Jesus not only restored the man's relationship with God (forgiveness), not only healed him, but he also restores the man's relationship with the rest of the community. A paralyzed man in the first century would have experienced an excruciatingly difficult life not only because of the poverty associated with his condition, but also because of social alienation. Jesus restores, heals and finally empowers the man to walk on his own and step back into full membership in his community. No patient comes in with just one need and often even medical problems are related to mental, contextual and relational struggles. Our hope is to offer every patient access to a network of communities who would welcome them into their families, offering friendship and tangible help with things like, addiction, loneliness, mental health struggles, marriage and family, joblessness, etc.