I am a nurse volunteer at Rapha Ministries. I love having the opportunity to help my community through such a wonderful ministry. Rapha Ministries offers medical care to uninsured individuals. At Rapha, we also look forward to helping people with emotional and spiritual needs, as well as meeting their need for medical attention.
I have seen people come into Rapha Ministries looking downcast and expressing hopelessness, yet when they leave they have a smile and a renewed sense of hope. This in itself is rewarding!
One patient came in on my first day at Rapha. This individual does a lot for his community, but unfortunately could not afford insurance. He said he had been feeling down, sick, and had a lack of energy. Rapha set up a sleep study for him and discovered he had severe sleep apnea. A Bi-pap machine and masks were donated to the patient and he began treatment for this life-threatening condition.
The next time I saw this patient, he looked like a different person. He had a smile on his face and seemed much more energetic. He said, "I feel so much better." This individual got his life back and is now able to go back to serving the community around him. This is only one of many such cases. Rapha Ministries is a life line for numerous individuals in our community.
I am a nurse volunteer and I can truely say my time at Rapha Ministries is a blessing. There is an atmosphere of caring and love, and the patient population is so appreciative. Their chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension are now in control because of oversight of a Physician. Their expensive medications are now available thru several options so they can now be compliant with their treatment. These hard working individuals who can't afford insurance are provided health care and spiritual support in a loving environment. We all become a family who cares. It is so healing just being a part of it.