Concern for the community, one of the seven cooperative principles, is a shared mission of Kingdom Care, Inc. and Okefenoke REMC, and the basis for OREMC’s recent donation of $1,000 to Kingdom Care using unclaimed capital credits.
“Kingdom Care is a perfect example of how OREMC can give back and make a difference in the lives of our members and the communities we serve,” notes Dewayne Johns, OREMC member service representative. “Being of service is what cooperatives are about, and we applaud our board of directors’ commitment to supporting the health of our community.” Qualified organizations must be located in one of the eight counties OREMC serves.
Located in Waycross, Kingdom Care started as a vision to better meet the healthcare needs of the community based on Executive Director Lisa Mathis’, DNP, R.N., FNP-BC, experiences working in the emergency room. Today it is a non-profit, volunteer-based ministry offering free health care to qualified individuals.
Together with Dr. George Thomas, chair, Kingdom Care Board of Directors, and Linda Wilson, R.N., founding board member and volunteer, Mathis recalls the first screening they offered back in 2006. Administered in partnership with the Baptist Mobile Health Ministry, Georgia Baptist Mission Board, they had over 500 people show up. Since then, her spark of an idea to make a difference has grown to the point of providing care valued at $10.2 million of care between 2009 and 2018.
Located at 800 Beacon St. in Waycross, Kingdom Care provides a medical home to income-qualified individuals in eight surrounding counties: Atkinson, Bacon, Brantley, Charlton, Clinch, Pierce, Ware and Wayne. Care is provided by appointment only based on an eligibility screen. Kingdom Care does not receive any state or federal funding. Instead all their monies come through fundraising, supporting churches, donations from area business and the Georgia Baptist Healthcare Ministry Foundation.
They are completely staffed by volunteers, from the doctors and nurses to the clinicians and office staff. Mathis says, “We have such tremendous support from our participating dentists, eye doctors, medical doctors and nurses. They are the heart and soul of our organization enabling us to provide personal care that positively impacts our patients.”
For more information about Kingdom Care, Inc., and whether you or someone you know may qualify for care, please call 912-287-4434.