We don’t brag a lot about our services on the South Plains … but maybe we should! The impact of Neighborhood House – emergency assistance for those in tough financial straits – and Health for Friends Clinic – healthcare and diabetes monitoring for individuals without health insurance – touch an astounding number of families in crisis through their Lubbock-based outreach.
July and August 2013 set a new Neighborhood House record for utility assistance: 968 utility bills were paid for a total of $268,661. An all-time high for these two months!
Lubbock news station KABC recently ran a news story on the area’s record demand for utility assistance, and how Neighborhood House helps those in need, particularly the elderly, disabled, and families with kids under the age of five: Neighborhood House on the News.
Sometimes numbers speak louder than words. Following is a summary of the LSS community services provided from January through August 2013.
Total # of services: 3,350
Total # of households: 3,079 (1,153, or 37% of unduplicated households were first-time contacts)
Total individuals served: 8,640
Dollar value of services: $ 583,551
Food and hygiene products distributed: 41 tons (!)
HEALTH FOR FRIENDS CLINIC:
Total patient encounters: 4,858
Unduplicated patients: 1,207 (488, or 40% of these were first-time visitors)
Health and diabetes supplies distributed: 125 boxes of glucose test strips, 16 new glucometers, and 122 prescriptions given to our most impoverished patients.
Our greatest appreciation and resounding kudos to Joy Loper, program director, and the staffs of these two incredibly important LSS ministries – saving and improving lives every day!