At times the days were long and the nights felt endless.
Marcia was living out of her car - homeless, lonely, and needing medical assistance. Her inability to get her diabetes medication brought fear and anxiety. She suffered from depression.
But Marcia knew there was one place she could go, a location she could count on to get help. The Good Samaritan Health Center was a beacon of hope in Marcia’s darkest times. The community health center located on the west side of Atlanta offered free medications, physician’s visits, and a hot meal.
“When folks come here, they are treated like real people. We’re not just put on the back burner. We’re treated like Christ would’ve treated us.” Marcia Emerson
Last week, MAP International announced the Atlanta launch of its pilot program to expand access to critical medicines in Georgia. This partnership with the Good Samaritan Health Center will provide medicines at no cost to uninsured and under-insured citizens who have fallen through the cracks of the healthcare system.
A grant from Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation will enable MAP to provide access to high-quality medicines to people in critical need. Medications will be dispensed through free and charitable clinics throughout metro Atlanta, such as Good Samaritan Health Center, to patients being treated for hypertension, diabetes, asthma and high cholesterol.
It was the provision of medicines like those offered from MAP that enabled Marcia to get back on her feet. Armed with her diabetes medicine and weekly counseling, she was able to steady her life and find employment. Marcia now works as a Certified Peer Specialist at Good Samaritan helping those who used to suffer like her.
She has walked a mile in their shoes.
“To see people who don’t normally have access to medicines and then they start getting medication? That’s when you see the transformation: the calmness, the hope and the knowledge that they have somewhere to go.”
As members of MAP staff left Good Samaritan Health Center last week, we were awed by the services provided, medicines available and stories of health and hope. MAP is proud to partner with clinics offering a light at the end of the tunnel.
As Marcia reminded us walking out the door, “You are sowing into good soil.”
"And Issac sowed in that land and reaped in the same year a hundredfold. The Lord blessed him," Genesis 26:12