Pratt Regional Medical Center’s Prescription Assistance Program moved out of its fourth-floor hospital quarters and into the downtown Hope Center on Friday.
Volunteer Jeanette Gaider, who is also the manager for Agape Health Clinic and interim co-director for Hope Center, thinks it will be a good move.
“It won’t be hard to find us,” she commented. Health clinic patients have already appreciated the new location at 314 S. Main. The clinic has picked up a few patients since opening there in December.
The same PRMC volunteers who staffed the program at PRMC will be on hand in the Hope Center. They’ll even wear their hospital volunteer smocks.
The hours are the same: Tuesdays from 9-12, Wednesdays from 9-12 and 1-3, and Thursdays from 9-12.
The new telephone number is 620-933-2165. This is a local Pratt number.
The Prescription Assistance Program was established in 2006. They have helped people save more than $1 million, according to program records.
In a little more than two years, the health clinic has saved community members $199,644.
Several resource groups have moved into the Hope Center and share the cost of utilities. Pass It Forward provides furnishings and equipment for the home. Bread of Life Community Kitchen, Inc., serves a free meal each Tuesday evening at the Presbyterian Church Genesis Center, and maintains what co-director Scott Powell describes as a backup pantry for the county food bank.
The All Saints Episcopal Church paper pantry has also moved their products to the Hope Center.
Salvation Army blankets, fans and vouchers and Operation Homefires vouchers are distributed through the center.
Mead Lumber, which is phasing out Benjamin Moore paints, donated their leftover supply and the tint machine to the center. The paint will be used for Hope projects — small home fix-ups for residents — during the spring and summer, Powell said.
Hope Center can act as a depot, accepting donations of food and clothing and getting items to other resource groups that handle those goods.
They also have a volunteer who maintains a list of available jobs. Powell encouraged residents to call when they need temporary help.
There are five local resources offering cash assistance: Salvation Army, Operation Homefires, the Ministerial Alliance, a benevolence fund through the First United Methodist Church, and the Hope Center benevolence fund. All can be distributed through Hope Center.
“It works like the cylinders on a car,” Powell said. “When one is dried up, another kicks in.”
Assistance to individuals is always made to the vendors — landlords, utility companies, etc.
Calls and walk-in traffic have demonstrated the need for a facility like this, Gaider said. The Hope Center is open from 1-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.