Club Meeting – January 19th, 2017
The Reverend Dr. William L. Lee was our speaker today. The Reverend retired as Pastor of the Loudon Avenue Christian Church last Fall. The good Reverend’s oratorial skills have not ebbed in retirement.
Reverend Lee shared a story about his father that led him in 1999 to help found a Community Health Center named Kuumba (translated from Swahili, meaning creativity) to reflect a spirit of innovation in solving problems and meeting community healthcare needs.
By October 2012, the renamed organization New Horizons Healthcare opened a new facility on Melrose Avenue in the City of Roanoke. The faciity employs over 60 team members, and continue to expand services to meet a growing demand from the community.
Services include primary medical and dental care for all ages, on-site pharmacy and medication assistance program, behavioral healthcare assessment and treatment, care coordination and specialty referrals, and patient and community health education. A sliding fee scale is offered for those who are uninsured or under-insured, based on household income and family size. The Lee Education Center serves as a training space for staff and patients alike, and frequently hosts community groups and organizations for meetings and educational events.
The Reverend spoke how it takes a lot of people helping people to make a difference. People who know people are the connectors that make facilities like the New Horizons Healthcare a reality and the catalyst to get things done in our communities.
People Helping People…. simple as that. The Reverend Lee provided us with an uplifting program.