The Church Service Center may have — to some small degree — accomplished its goal of letting people know it is here to help.
The proof of that came on Saturday when hundreds of people appeared during Community Summer Kickoff Saturday at the CSC, 495 E. Summerlin St. While many of those attending currently are clients, there were many newcomers who showed up and learned of the advantages they could gain from the agency, said Executive Director Rusty Music.
The Comunity Summer Kickoff was a joint venture with Trinity Medical Center. A representative with Trinity, Michelle Rose, explained to people about the program it started with the CSC last October, free screenings; And, while the checkups at CSC are free (they are done every other Thursday for three hours), she pointed out there is not too much of an affordability factor.
“We have different programs and they all help in some way,” Rose said. “Trinity has a sliding fee scale. … It’s something we do in our office.”
She said about seven to 10 people come to see them on those Thursdays, but it varies and does go up to an estimated 20 people.
Getting tested for the first time was Christine Lanier. She had known about the free clinics but hesitated to try it out. Just recently out of the hospital, she was not sure what it showed. However, her checkup went fine.
“I think they did a great job,” she said of her experience. She said it was not disruptive, either. Consider that she brought her two children to the CSC and two of their friends.
Using the CSC since 2000, Lanier said the organization is great.
“My children gets get a bagged lunch and we get clothing,” she said.
The Church Service Center acts as an information and referral agency, meets the emergency of Bartow area residents and develops policies and programs for those who live in the Bartow area. It provides food, clothing, meals, gas, help with household items and utilities, helps with rent and transportation, provides prescriptions most for those who need help. But it doesn’t only help the needy. During the income tax season, for example, it will do — taxes for free — for those who make up to a certain amount. It has people who help others sign up for the Affordable Health Care Act. And, it provides free medical screening to anyone who needs it. Though it is aimed at those who don’t have their own doctors, it is available to anyone, Music said.
The CSC, 495 E. Summerlin St., is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; and 9 a.m.-noon on Wednesday. To learn more, visit: http://www.churchservicecenter.com/ or call 863-533-5822.
About Trinity Medical Center free screenings
To get a free screening, call the CSC or go there to sign up. A checkup lasts about 20 minutes. Taken are blood pressure, temperature, blood glucose and more. If staff determine there is a need for further help, they are referred to Trinity Medical Center.