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January 2015
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    By Sharlene Scheler, Wesley Nurse, Smithville Food insecurity threatens millions of Americans. During any typical week, the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas serves more than 48,000 people. Further, 1 in 5 families suffer physical pain from hunger. Smithville, Texas is no different. The community falls within the 26 percent poverty rate. The need is great, but thankfully, the giving hearts of others are great too. The Smithville Food Pantry services Bastrop Country and the Smithville area. The site distributes food and other necessities on Wednesday mornings each week to an average of 80 families. During this time, I see pantry clients for blood pressure and sugar checks. In addition, I answer other questions and provide healthcare referrals. My partnership with the food pantry made perfect sense. The clients are already making the trip so if I'm there too; it makes meeting with me a convenient stop. I found that partnering with local organizations, such as the food pantry, is...

December 2014
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    Stories of success from Gracie A., Clinic Administration Hello my name is Gracie. I recently celebrated my 10-year anniversary with Methodist Healthcare Ministries (MHM). I am happy to be an employee of MHM. Through the years I have seen so much growth within the company with employees as well as clients/patients. Employees have always been an inspiration, helpful and worked as a team. There are many so many stories that I can tell you...I go home every day knowing I have made someone's day. I have helped someone who felt that they were at a "dead end" health-wise. I have had men and women cry to me telling me they didn't have any other place to go or any means of money. They may need help with food or assistance with a bill or counseling. At the end of the day you say to yourself, "I did a great thing today...I was able to help someone get to the next step in their lives." I truly know God has me here for a reason. The constant appreciation, the hugs and the blessings from...

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    The Wesley Health & Wellness Center (WHWC), a mission of Methodist Healthcare Ministries of South Texas, Inc., had a gymnasium filled with laughter, thankfulness and full stomachs on Wednesday, Nov. 26. Nearly 400 clients, team members and friends from the community joined together for a Thanksgiving meal prepared by the Wesley Café. While this annual event continues to grow in attendance, the fellowship among participants remains the most rewarding aspect of the luncheon. Attendees ranged in age, from infant to elderly. There were families with young children and senior couples. The attendees were as diverse as the menu. Chef Alan and his team prepared a homemade Thanksgiving meal with all the trimmings. The menu consisted of turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, green beans, bread stuffing, Caesar salad, gravy, fresh cranberry sauce, whole fresh fruit and assorted traditional pies. Water, tea, cider and coffee were also available. Many guests were unable to carry all of their...

November 2014
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    By Andy Hernandez, Community Development Manager For those who lack the means to obtain health insurance, being able to do so is a life-changing event. Health insurance provides not only health security, but economic security as well. Many of us are fortunate enough to have an employer-sponsored health insurance plan, but I would like you to take a moment to consider what your life would look like without it. It might look something like this: our lives would be less financially secure; our health care options more limited; and our long-term prospects for living a vital and productive life, more compromised. The next enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will take place Nov. 15, 2014 through Feb. 15, 2015. This period gives us a window of opportunity to help connect others to the Health Information Marketplace where many affordable healthcare plans are available. Being able to afford health insurance is transformational – it transforms the “underserved” to the...

October 2014
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    By Sharlene Scheler, Wesley Nurse, Smithville Over 15,000 diapers collected I have always enjoyed helping people. My responsibility as a Wesley Nurse is to be aware of the needs within my community and then finda way to help. One Smithville need that I quickly identified was the high demand for children and adult diapers. Diapers are very expensive so I determined holding a diaper drive was one way that I could help. Believe it or not, there are many families in the area struggling to provide very basic needs including affording something as basic as diapers. Last year was our inaugural event. We collected 4,000 diapers. That was wonderful. This year was amazing! I promoted this year's event by distributing flyers to local businesses. The local Chamber advertised the diaper drive in their newsletter and the local newspaper promoted it as well. The church's Health Committee helped me make signs for the church too. It was really a group effort, even my husband helped. We collected...

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    MHM treats team members to daylong “skip day” I’ve got spirit, yes, I do… I’ve got spirit, how about you? Methodist Healthcare Ministries was full of spirit at the 2014 MHM Retreat also known as #MHMSkipDay. Last Friday, team members were granted a “skip day” from work gathering together at the Main Event entertainment center for the annual MHM Retreat. The retreat provides an opportunity for the executive management team to share information about the current state of the business and offer insight into upcoming events. Tenured team members celebrating 5, 10 or 15 years with the organization were also honored for their service during an award ceremony. The main purpose of the retreat is to show gratitude for the dedication of each MHM team member and provide a time for fellowship. There were a wide variety of activities to choose from, including laser tag, ropes course, arcade games, bingo, photo booth, bowling and billiards tournaments. “We wanted to show our...

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    Methodist Healthcare Ministries’ (MHM) Wesley Health & Wellness Center (WHWC) joined millions of people worldwide on Aug. 5 in observation of National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch. MHM clients, team members, neighbors and the San Antonio Police Department joined together to show support for the San Antonio Southside community where WHWC is positioned. Balloon characters, face painting, a bounce house, basketball, ping-pong and many more family-friendly games entertained the masses. Music kept the motivation high as an outdoor Zumba class showed that fitness could be fun. When the WHWC line dancing group performed, they proved to all in attendance that you can keep moving at any age—they were all seniors, but very young at heart. Los Mariachitos de Wesley, a cultural arts program based at WHWC, graced the crowd with the gift of music. The Wesley Café provided a warm meal and tables sprinkled throughout the campus shared information with...

August 2014
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    By Jorge Luna Jr., LMSW, Behavioral Health & Social Work Supervisor In my profession, I often encounter individuals with diverse feelings. I must educate my clients about how to recognize their triggers and healthy ways to manage them. I also work with caregivers because they are directly affected. It’s important to talk about feelings and emotions—the general thoughts a patient has about him or herself and their condition. When an individual is living with illness, or caring for someone who suffers from a chronic ailment, the journey can be scary, lonely and exhausting. It’s my job to help the patient and their families manage these feelings in a healthy way. I call it providing holistic support—mind, body and spirit. Recently I led a six-week support group at MHM’s Wesley Health & Wellness Center for patients living with diabetes and their families. With the San Antonio diabetic population rising over 14 percent—which is double the national average of 7 percent...

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    As a faith-based, not-for-profit organization, spirituality is a core component of MHM’s outreach. Our faith is not only something we talk about, but also something we practice. "Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it." Proverbs 22:6 Students, families and community members gathered at MHM’s Wesley Health & Wellness Center (WHWC) this week for a special invocation led by Rev. Mickey McCandless to start the 2014 academic school year. Arlynn Ellis, director of family wellness at MHM, greeted guests and offered her continued support for the students. The children were each presented with a cross to serve as a reminder that our Lord is always with them. The behavioral health services, dental, parenting programs, health education and recreation and enrichment teams provided resources to the students and their families about services available at WHWC throughout the year. At the end of the evening, everyone enjoyed healthy snacks...

July 2014
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    By Ann Scarth, Wesley Nurse, First United Methodist Church, Mason The Summer Meltdown Challenge is underway in Mason, Texas and it seems to be catching on fast. Churches and area organizations have teamed up with instructors from various fitness genres to offer a variety of free exercise classes in locations across this small city of around two thousand people. From tai chi to Zumba, there is a class for every taste and fitness level. Participants are encouraged to track their time exercising using logs provided for the challenge, which are validated by instructors at the completion of each class. The tracking logs will be tallied at the end of the challenge and the top three participants who logged the most hours will win health and wellness prizes. The Summer Meltdown Challenge runs from June 11 to August 15 and will end with a covered dish event to celebrate the successful completion for all participants. The challenge helps the citizens of Mason to develop a habit of pursuing...

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