about the care van program
One in four children living in Texas go without the necessary immunizations to lead healthy, happy lives due to a lack of affordability and access to medical care. Yet, immunizing children is one of the most direct, simple and least expensive ways to build healthier futures for medically underserved families in Texas.
Using its fleet of specially customized mobile immunization Care Vans, the Care Van Program is able to complement traditional “brick and mortar” clinics by visiting schools, churches, restaurants, recreational parks, shopping centers, public housing, community events, etc. and conduct immunization outreach clinics in the communities where these at-risk families live and work.
In addition to offering free childhood immunizations, the Care Van Program also offers free health screenings at most of its health education community events. Health screenings include blood pressure checks, body fat and strength tests.
The Care Van program has provided more than 858,000 immunizations to 515,000 children through April, 2011. The program is coordinated through the Caring for Children Foundation of Texas, Inc., and with thanks to lead sponsor Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. This is a free clinic for Texas Vaccines For Children eligible children. The location of other clinics operated by the Care Van and their schedules may be found at http://carevan.org/neighborhood.htm.
joy Mission Group
February marked the first year anniversary for the JOY Mission Group. We worked on and completed several projects through the year. Following are some of the items we made during our first year; tote bags were made and filled with personal hygiene products and taken to the homeless in Dallas; fidget pads were distributed to different residents at Three Forks Memory Care Unit; colorful tote bags were made and filled with items for children who have been removed from their homes and placed in the Norville Children’s Shelter in Kaufman; slightly used and some new clothes and personal items were collected and donated to the homeless veterans in Dallas. For Christmas, we made fleece no-sew blankets. They were given to some residents in Three Forks, Ridgecrest and homebound Senior Citizens. We also granted some wishes for 8 Senior Angels that were on the Angel Tree at the Senior Citizen Center. Our most recent project is a Prayer Blanket Ministry. Some of you participated in covering two of our ladies with prayer by saying prayers while tying knots in a fleece blanket. These will be delivered to the recipients before this newsletter is sent out.
The Prayer Blanket Ministry will be an on-going ministry and hopefully before you read this, you will have seen a flier explaining the ministry in more detail. If you would like to help us with this ministry, we would appreciate donations to help purchase the fleece to make the blankets. Just make your donation to the church and note on your check or envelope it is for Missions – JOY Group.
JOY Group meets on Tuesday mornings at 10:00am on the stage in the Family Life
Center. We would love to have more hands to help with our projects and new ideas.