Claiborne health clinic plans for spring
TAZEWELL – It appears Claiborne residents without health insurance will have an alternative to toughing it out, or racking up unpayable emergency room bills once Servolution opens its free clinic this spring.
Dr. Edwin Robertson said the nonprofit plans to offer the uninsured a full range of services including dental, medical, psychological and even chiropractic care at the new facility.
The Servolution Board of Directors plans to keep the clinic open five days a week, Robertson said during a recent Claiborne Community Advisory Board meeting.
In the meantime, the Servolution board invites all health professionals to an Open House, scheduled for April 1, from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Servolution currently runs a Thrift Shop and Food Pantry inside the old Powell Valley Elementary School building, where the clinic will also be located.
Pump Springs Baptist Church has recently hired a director to oversee the execution of a new utilities and housing grant. Sharon Baltimore said the grant funds will be used for those who have tried and failed to secure help from other agencies.
“This grant is a last ditch effort for those who are facing an eviction notice within 21 days or their electric being turned off,” said Baltimore.
The money can be used to pay the first month’s rent for someone who would, otherwise, be homeless, she added.
To qualify, recipients must have an income under 30 percent of county residents’ median income, or about $23,000. And, their homes must meet HUD safety standards.
Those wishing to qualify must have the necessary paperwork including proof of income, bills and banking statements.
For more information, you may call Pump Springs Baptist Church at 423-869-8323.
Members of the county spent January 24 counting the homeless during the annual Point in Time program. Sue Kinsler, with the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness, reported the findings.
The participants managed to spot 428 individuals who fell within the guidelines of either homeless or precariously housed.
Of the 118 classified as unsheltered, 13 were chronically homeless meaning they have been without shelter for more than a year.
Of the total amount, 13 were classified as victims of domestic violence, while 11 individuals were found to be veterans.
Of the participants, 74 were classified as chronic substance abusers and 25 were reported as severely mentally ill individuals.
The findings were submitted to the Dept. of Housing & Urban Development.
Claiborne Refuge (formerly Celebrate Recovery) is expected to begin taking in men for the halfway house program on Aug. 2. DTR, a local automotive manufacturing plant, has agreed to initiate a working program for some of the men.
CEASE, a nonprofit domestic violence and sexual assault organization, is planning its second annual 5K Run for sometime in May. Proceeds will go to the Sexual Assault Exam Teams for the costs of training, supplies and medical needs for survivors.
The event will be held at the Harrogate Park.
-By Jan Runions, Tribune Correspondent