How many times have you heard stories about people discovering an illness by way of a health screening, and by receiving that screening, got help and recovered? That was the central theme at the Potter’s House Ministries Health Fair, co-sponsored by Compass Community Health Care in Sciotoville Tuesday.
“We exist to help the community in any way we can,” Ed Myers of Potter’s House Ministries said. “This is just one of the ways we reach out to the community and try to help people, especially the elderly to watch their health and take care of themselves.”
It was shortly after 9 a.m. and unlike some other events, everyone was already in place and the turnout was brisk.
“Compass Community health, the Loved Ones group, the Scioto County Health Coalition, and the Area Agency on Aging, put this together each year in order to increase people’s access to health care and also provide health screenings and information about their health,” Andy Pierron, Director of Pharmacy at Compass Community Health, said. “There’s different obstacles to access in health that need to be overcome in order for someone to care for themselves better. Many times people just need that extra interaction in order to get them outside and see the steps that they can take to improve their health.”
Gina Collinsworth, Public Information Officer for Compass Community Health, was in attendance and said the event is a partnership.
“Compass Community Health is all about partnering with people in the community that are working to make a difference,” Collinsworth said. “So just like Potter’s House, Compass is wanting to reach out to anybody out there who needs health care, who needs connected to health insurance, and these are all things that we do to help people get healthier and make it a better place to live.”
Myers said Potter’s House is a year round ministry.
“We have a food pantry. We serve around 1,000 people a month. We’re open two days a week,” Myers said. “January through April we do free tax preparation for people. We did almost 1,000 taxes last year and brought back over a quarter of a million dollars in refunds into the county.”
Myers said there is a reason why the do free tax returns.
“Our idea of tax preparation is to save them the money of tax preparation fees,” Myers said. “We may not get them a bit more than they would get somewhere else but we can save them $200 in tax preparation fees – that’s $200 more dollars they can put toward their bills.”
For more information about Potters House Ministries visit them at 5409 Winchester Ave., Portsmouth or call 740-776-4004.
Reach Frank Lewis at 740-353-3101, ext. 1928, or on Twitter @franklewis.