A frequent prayer is for our church to be a beacon on the corner and our light shone brightly last weekend for three major community events.
About 30 people were signed-up or received help in getting health insurance coverage during an enrollment event Sabbath Jan. 18 at Southeast. It was the first of three community events at the church that included the monthly food distribution on Sunday and the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration on Monday.
For many health-care enrollees, it was also the first time they were in an Adventist church and had an opportunity to meet members, see our facilities and view at least some of our worship service. Attendees asked questions about the new law, got applications submitted for Medicare or navigated the healthcare websites themselves, a real convenience for those who may not have access to the Internet.
“Southeast Seventh Day Adventist did a great job setting up the location for the event,” said Hugh F. “Trey” Daly III, Ohio State Director for Enroll America.
He was among officials from federal, county and Cleveland groups who participated in the event, organized with the help of Brenda Delgado, External Affairs Liaison/Marketplace Outreach Lead for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Regional Office in Chicago. She is tasked with facilitating enrollment events throughout the Midwest for the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Ms. Delgado is also a Seventh-day Adventist and spoke to the congregation during worship service. She also complimented Pastor Hurst and Southeast on hosting event and his aid in helping her set-up other church events in the Cleveland area.
Southeast is an official Certified Application Counselor Organization and several members are in training to assist in enrollment. The open enrollment continues until March 31 and Pastor Hurst indicated that there likely will be other enrollment events at the church.
-- Deborah Burstion-Donbraye