Our Impact

THE SMITHVILLE COMMUNITY CLINIC

In 2005, the First United Methodist Church of Smithville, Texas established an Amos Committee.  As a small group of persons interested in justice issues began to meet on a regular basis, the vision for a clinic to provide healthcare to the uninsured and underinsured citizens of Smithville and the surrounding areas soon evolved.  Through the power of prayer and the commitment of the Amos Committee, the journey toward this goal began to move forward.

Knowing that community support would be critical for a successful clinic, the members of First UMC were effective in mobilizing people throughout the community to join in this effort.  A Board of Directors was established and work began immediately to acquire non-profit status, which has been realized.

With the donation of a lot and an 8 x 40 foot shipping container, a building began to take form as many persons in the community came together to provide the labor and materials needed to complete the project.  An opening was cut through the middle of the container, and a large room was added across the front to serve as a reception/waiting area.  Local businesses worked with the group to provide large items, such as central heat and air conditioning, at cost, and some donated their labor.  Only a few minor tasks remain to complete the building.

Smithville Community Clinic will be an affiliate of Loan Star Circle of Care, a non-profit organization that is in the business of opening FQHC (Federally Qualified Health Clinics).  An opening date has yet to be announced, but hopefully that will happen in the very near future.

LA CEIBITA, HONDURAS

The Tarrytown United Methodist Church took community organizing international.

Tarrytown United Methodist Church has had a mission team doing dental and medical work in La Ceibita.  After having done mission work for the community, Tarrytown United Methodist asked what more they could do.  In 2007, the team conducted a community needs assessment by interviewing a number of La Ceibita residents.  One issue that was identified as problematic was the community’s water supply.  The community had water, but the water was supplie via an older water pipe that ran down the side of the mountain.  The pipe was not properly placed and had a number of other problems.

Armed with the information, Tarrytown United Methodist Church and its members went to work.  Working both with members here, the Methodist church in La Ceibita, the La Ceibita mayor and other governmental officials, and members of the La Ceibita community, TUMC was able to usher through an improved water system.   And perhaps most importantly, the work has inspired the La Ceibita governmental officials and community members to work together to try and remedy other social problems.