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Updated: 06/07/2014 08:00:00AM

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

The Church Service Center on Summerlin Street plans a Summer Kick Off party Saturday on the grounds. It offers area residents a lot of services to help people take care of themselves.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Rusty Music, the director of the Women's Care Center and Executive Director of the Church Service Center.

PHOTO BY STEVE STEINER


At least 30 minutes before it opens, a line formed outside the Bartow Church Service Center. The people are there to pick up Thanksgiving food packages last November.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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In the last eight months, two people who had themselves checked medically at the Church Service Center had their lives saved.

One person whose blood-sugar level was so high he was immediately sent to a doctor. Another was not aware she had high blood pressure, and Director Rusty Music almost called an ambulance for her.

And the checkups were all free.

“We want to catch them and make this a preventative measure,” Music said about the free checkups.

Since last October representatives from the Trinity Medical Center go to the CSC to test people’s blood pressure, BMI, sugar, hemoglobin, temperature, oxygen levels and heart rate. Staff is there from 9 a.m. to noon every other Thursday. If they find a problem, that person is referred for more help.

Music said right now somewhere between 10 to 25 people show up for medical checks which is encouraging but he knows there are more that need it.

“We want it to grow,” he said.

The Church Service Center will also help you financially. It is setting up financial classes and its goal is teach people how to handle their finances properly. It also helps people get their income taxes done at no cost and helps folks sign up for the Affordable Health Care Act or Medicare. It also provides food, and gives people help who need it and can’t afford much.

People can learn about all the CSC offers from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the center, 495 E. Summerlin St., during a Community Summer Kickoff. The first-time event is designed to let people know that the CSC is there, where it has been for more than 30 years.

“That’s what we’re trying to do,” Music said about letting people know about the CSC. “We’re having an event to highlight the programs we offer. We’re here to help the community.”

There will be free hot dogs, snacks, drinks, watermelon and ice pops. There will be a fire truck on hand from the Bartow Fire Department, and there will be demonstrations. There will be a karate demonstration, senior yoga, kids games, face painting, cornhole games and cake walks.

There will also be free health screenings that includes blood pressure, BMI and glucose checks, vital sign screening. Participants also will receive raffle tickets.

Oh yeah, that’s another thing … there will be raffles. There will be celebrity football and leadership camp signups.

People can also donate food to help feed people.

“We always need donors,” Music said.

For more information about the Church Service Center, visit www.churchservicecenter.com.


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