New Home Office
Earlier this spring we moved into our newly renovated offices located at The Historic Halleck House in Whitmore Lake. We are so grateful to Ken Dignan, the Township Supervisor, for sharing his office with us while we renovated our new offices. We have plenty of room to house our staff - Jen Wall our Medical Office Manager, Wendy Dignan our Business Manager, and Amy Kindred our Clinical Care Nurse. On Mondays, we also host Lori Smalley our Ultrasound Tech, and Dale Grimm our Mom and Baby Care Unit driver before they head out to see patients in Detroit. It is wonderful to be able to host meetings and partner with the local community to meet the needs of families in Detroit. Benjamins Closet has relocated to Living Water Church which is located half a mile down the road. We also store our Mobile Clinic, and our Mother and Baby Care Unit at their location. The church and business community have been very supportive of our ministry. In turn, we have been able to work with some local families who were in need of baby items that we were happy to provide.
This month I have been starting the process of networking in Flint, in preparation for opening our new clinic in the Fall. Together with Pastor Christian Jones at Franklin Avenue Mission, we have secured the location, and construction plans are in place. We are in process of getting bids from contractors which has been a struggle as they are so busy at this point. We prayerfully hope to have the work completed in time for a November opening. The local health care community in Flint has been extremely welcoming and we are thrilled to have created working agreements with several related agencies.
Hosting Nursing Clinicals
We are also thrilled to be hosting Concordia School of Nursing students this month in the Detroit clinic. Students come for the Community Health clinical rotation. We are excited to be able to introduce these future nurses to a way of practicing medicine that is strikingly different from the model that many hospitals today operate. To that end, we are in discussion with Michigan State University School of Nursing and the University of Michigan School of Nursing with regards to partnerships with their programs to host their students next year.