President & CEO
Dear Friends & Neighbors:
It is hard to imagine the dream of Healing Hands Ministries was born almost 12 years ago. This time has been so rich, but has passed very quickly. As I have reflected on the great accomplishments Healing Hands Ministries has experienced it is obvious the Lord has plucked the hearts of many to join this movement. Healing Hands would not be where we are today without the generosity of so many individuals and organizations that stepped out in faith to help this dream to become a reality.
Our early church partners consisted of Gaston Oaks Baptist Church, Lake Highlands Methodist, NorthPark Presbyterian, Northridge Presbyterian, and Wilshire Baptist Church. They rolled up their sleeves and opened their check books to help launch Healing Hands Ministries. These churches were pioneers that were willing to take a risk on a nurse that felt led to start a clinic for those lacking access to affordable healthcare.
Their members became board members and volunteers. They helped negotiate leases, offered gratis legal assistance, offered donations to allow Healing Hands to have a credit line to do business, and offered a priceless amount of professional experience to help this organization to be successful. This resilient spirit has been the heartbeat of Healing Hands Ministries. This spirit has resulted in making a grand impact on our community and has changed the lives of thousands.
Healing Hands Ministries has worked strategically to build relationships with collaborative partners like Texas Health Resources, Northwest Community Center, Parkland Health & Hospital System, Texas Association of Community Health Centers, the city of Dallas, Vickery Brain Trust, North Texas Specialty Physician’s Group and many more to solve tough problems that are too large to be solved alone. Collectively these groups have influenced change to positively impact those in need that live, learn, and work in our city.
The next decade Healing Hands Ministries is committed to determine a means for narrowing healthcare disparities that negatively impact our patients from achieving healthy lifestyles. The ultimate goal is to offer hope for the spirit and health for the body. Our focus will be to develop strategies to identify the social determinants of health that are negatively impacting the health of our patients. This will require a continuation of collaborative relationships that can impact policy regarding quality affordable housing, food insecurity, creative ways to offer job training, transportation, and continued access to affordable healthcare. Healthy families, mean working families, and working families mean children have food, shelter, and the opportunity to become educated to break the cycle of poverty.
We are committed to our mission. Our faith is what drives us to be the voice of the invisible poor. The Lord continues to allow us to continue this journey of service. We have accepted the assignment with faces forward and our hearts wide open. I would ask that you join us in our efforts by embracing the cause to help those in need.
Healing Hands Ministries has 2 full service clinics and soon will be adding additional services. This work does not happen without the financial help of our neighbors. God provided us all with gifts that are not ours alone. He gave them to us for the purpose of serving Him and serving other people. I am reminded of this in 1 Peter 4:10, Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. My challenge to you today is will you steward your gifts today to serve our families so we can provide lifesaving healthcare?
Please join us by donating to our families and volunteering your personal gifts to Healing Hands Ministries. You can click on the Donate button today to steward your financial wealth to the patients of Healing Ministries or you can email Jennifer Searles, Chief Development Officer, email@example.com to discuss Planned Giving options or volunteer opportunities. Maybe today you want to share the gift of knowledge and experience as a board member. I would be honored to take you to lunch or coffee to discuss this possibility. Please connect with me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eager to serve alongside you!
Janna R. Gardner