Volunteers vital to the success of St. Martin's

Published: January 17, 2022

As reported By KPC Media Group -"Volunteers vital to the success of St. Martin's"

(By KATHRYN BASSETT kbassett@kpcmedia.com)

St. Martin’s Healthcare executive director Tammy Stafford describes them as “invaluable” and the services they provide as “priceless” — the numerous volunteers who devote their time and talents to the clinic that serves the uninsured and under-insured residents of DeKalb and Noble counties.

The non-profit, located at 1359 S. Randolph St., Garrett, provides medical, dental, vision, mental health, and medication assistance.

In addition to Stafford, whose position is full-time, the clinic has 15 part-time staff. The rest of the roles are filled by about 50-60 medical health care volunteers and 30-plus volunteers who help with clerical tasks, fundraising, and events, Stafford said.

St. Martin’s is looking for others who are interested in volunteering.

“It takes an invaluable support staff to serve the communities of DeKalb and Noble counties. Please consider sharing your time, talent, and treasure with us!” St. Martin’s says on its website.

Stafford said doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, and dentists are among the volunteer practitioners who serve the clinic. She said the clinic doesn’t have any volunteer physician’s assistants, “but we could entertain a P.A. if there was one that wanted to come,” she added.

“We do get some of the P.A. students from Trine. We also get nurse practitioner students and we also get nursing students.”

Stafford said volunteer practitioners usually cover a four-hour shift, typically once a month.

“The nice part of being a volunteer is you can kind of set your own schedule,” she said.

“It’s kind of what fits with their schedule.”

Volunteer dentists, dental hygienists, and eye doctors also are positions of which St. Martin’s is in need, Stafford added.

“On the medical side, in addition to the doctors and nurse practitioners, we can always use nurses, L.P.N.s, medical assistants, because they can help room patients, take vital signs, things like that. The nurses are great in the med room to help count meds, double-check ... everything is double-checked to make sure we have the five rights: the right dose, the right med, the right strength, the right time, and the right patient. We double-check all of that as we go along. It’s nice to have those with medical backgrounds … for patient teaching,” Stafford added.

St. Martin’s director of development Grace Caswell noted there are plenty of volunteer opportunities for those who do not have a background in health care.

“There’s a lot of things that people who don’t necessarily have a medical background can assist with. Something that is seemingly ordinary, but makes a huge impact, is actually some of the clerical support. When we have a mailer going out … or we have a new giving opportunity, or we’re creating a new program, and we need someone to help organize and get a mailer ready to go out, it takes a lot of hands,” Caswell said.

Stafford said volunteers also are needed to help at special events.

“They can pick an event and say, ‘I really like this event. I’d like to help.’ We’re getting ready for our tea. If they have a baking skill or a decorating skill, or some talent they’d like to bring to help with that, that would be great,” Stafford added.

Looking at the value of service St. Martin’s is providing, Stafford said, its volunteers probably contribute $1 million in service a year. Last year St. Martin’s accommodated 4,840 patient visits.

“You could not do that if you had to pay … so the volunteers fill that huge void,” Stafford added.

“It’s a very unique opportunity,” Caswell said of volunteering at St. Martin’s.

“We’re helping neighbors in need and to find volunteers that have a passion for what we do, if they are passionate about patient care, if they’re looking forward to making an impact in the health of the community, we will find a way to help them volunteer and give back in a way that’s meaningful to them and meaningful to our patients,” Caswell said.

“It’s just finding the right thing for them,” Stafford added.

“Our volunteers are very high quality. They’re exceptional in their field, and we really treasure them. We do annual training for our volunteers. We celebrate their birthday. They become part of the St. Martin’s family when they become a volunteer and for me, interviewing volunteers and interacting with them is a highlight of what I do. Being in development, I don’t have the nurse skill that my boss has or the dental skill that this volunteer has. And so, me being able to work with them and support what they’re doing helps me make an impact on patients that I can’t otherwise,” Caswell said.

To learn more about volunteer opportunities at St. Martin’s, visit smhcin.org/volunteer. To read this kpc news article online visit- www.kpcnews.com/thestar/article_f699d9c7-6f96-5552-95e4-909ba3d82fbd.html

SAVE THE DATE! Pack your bags to travel “Around the World” with St. Martin’s Healthcare, all to support your neighbors in need.

Published: January 17, 2022

St. Martin’s Healthcare, Inc. is delighted to announce the awaited return of the 16th Annual Circle of Friends Tea, “Around the World” to be held on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 12:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church in Auburn. The doors will open at 11:30 am that morning.

Guests will enjoy a variety of international teas, a refreshing luncheon, and an assortment of our famous individualized desserts. Guests will experience special entertainment, hear an inspiring message, and are encouraged to take a chance on a variety of gift packages in the raffle, donated by local individuals, organizations, and businesses. Teaspoon Sponsor, Tara Martinez Photography, will also host a vintage travel photo booth.

Tickets go on sale on January 19th and will be available for purchase securely online at smhcin.org/tea-registration, at Little Sprouts or Lyn-Maree’s in Auburn, or call St. Martin’s Healthcare (260-357-0077).

Space is limited as this signature event typically sells out quickly. Tea Tickets are only $25.00 each, allowing 8 seats per table. Guest are encouraged to purchase an entire table. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Various partnership and raffle gift opportunities are still available. Please, contact Grace Caswell at 260-357-0077 for more information. Please find a PDF of the partnership letter and form. Please find a PDF of the raffle donation letter and from here.

All proceeds from the Circle of Friends Tea benefit St. Martin’s Healthcare allowing for continued healthcare services for the uninsured and underinsured neighbors in our community.

Publications

2021 Christmas Letter

Published: December 13, 2021

Dear Cherished Volunteers, Donors, & Friends,

Merry Christmas! I made cookies today and thought of you. This is my favorite time of year, and SMHC is overwhelmingly blessed. I wish I had room to list every staff member, volunteer, board member, and individual who has supported us this year. Thank you for making our sweet 16th birthday spectacular. Thank you for sharing your time, talent, & treasure this year!

In 2021, we held a successful virtual Tea Party, hosted our annual Golf Outing at the Garrett County Club, and enjoyed a Dine to Donate fundraiser at Wings Etc.-Kendallville. This Year Tammy Stafford, RN BSN hosted a special thank you luncheon for the Curiosity Shop volunteers as their tireless efforts support our clinic all year long! The clinic and our Executive Director were nominated as Duesy Award Finalists! Giving Tuesday DeKalb 2021 was a tremendous success for us and many other nonprofits. This year, two cherished original board members left a legacy of service and commitment to make our community healthier and were both were called home. This fall our staff and volunteers received training and developed new skills to help us better serve the patients we love so much. We loved getting together at the CLC in Kendallville together! In 2021 we have documented over 4,000 patient visits and served over 1200 unique people in medical, dental, vision, hearing, mental health counseling, and perceptions assistance. We have given out millions of dollars (wholesale price) in medications at no cost to our patients. We have hosted high school and college students who are the future leaders in medicine, pharmacy, dental, and mental health. We went to three school systems to offer sports physicals.

Your support empowers our patients to take control of their health. Thanks to you, all of us are inspired to keep fighting the good fight! Thank you. You have safeguarded our faith. Our patient stories and surveys attest to how needed our clinic services are to care for those without the ability to care for themselves. So they come to us — St. Martin’s Healthcare.

The overwhelming community support of our mission allows SMHC to stay open! We serve the uninsured and underinsured needs of DeKalb and Noble County Indiana residents, and it’s all thanks to you. We do not receive government funding. Clinic funding comes from fundraisers, grants, foundations, churches, businesses, civic organizations, and donors. As a reminder, the clinic will be closed for the upcoming Holidays on December 20th – through January 2nd for Christmas and New Year. SMHC will re-open on January 3rd at 9 AM. Additionally, our Annual Tea Party will be held on February 19th, 2022. Thank you for supporting us this year, you are a cherished volunteer. Stay healthy, safe, and blessed. See you in the New Year!

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

2020 Annual Impact Report

Published: December 6, 2021

The St. Martin's Healthcare, Inc. 2020 Impact Report has been published and is available to view or download as a PDF file below. Look for it in your mailbox soon! If you are not on our mailing list but you'd like to be, please email us at info@smhc.org. Please note the special Christmas Letter from our Executive Director, Tammy Stafford, RN BSN. She offers a once-in-a-decade opportunity to support the dental program at SMHC! Merry Christmas and Happy New year.

View the 2020 Impact Report (PDF)

The DeKalb Chamber Partnership Announces 24 Duesy Award Finalists

Published: October 5, 2021

On Tuesday, October 5th at 10 am, the DeKalb Chamber Partnership with EVENT SPONSORS, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union announced the 24 finalists for the 2021 Duesy Awards.

The Duesy Awards will be held on Thursday, November 11th, at the Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automotive Museum, where the winners will be announced.

St. Martin’s Healthcare Inc. was selected as a “Nonprofit Of The Year" finalist for the first time in clinic history. Additionally, among the finalists, many are associated with the clinic. Most notably, the clinic’s veteran Executive Director of 16 years, Tammy Stafford, RN BSN, was nominated as a “Seasoned Professional of the Year” finalist.

Likewise, current Board Member Tyler Cleverly of the United Way DeKalb, Inc. was nominated as a “Young Professional of the Year” finalist. Recently departed SMHC Board Member and Financial Chair, Al Wleklinski, was nominated as a finalist for the “Allen Graber Citizen Award”.

Regardless of the outcome, we are honored to be mentioned with such outstanding and renowned educators, community members, business leaders, and organizations!

Thank you to the DeKalb Chamber Partnership for the opportunity and for hosting the annual event. From all of us at SMHC, best of luck to all the twenty-four finalists! Your hard work has paid off and this acknowledgment is well deserved.

Giving Tuesday DeKalb 2021

Published: October 1, 2021

As harvest approaches we ask that you consider joining us to help neighbors in need. Your gift makes a significant difference in the health and quality of life of our patients.

As a nonprofit organization, SMHC relies on financial assistance from individual, foundation, corporate, and faith-based donors. We continue to operate entirely on community support and without government funding. Your contributions provide hope to our neighbors who otherwise don't have access to healthcare.

For every $10 you donate, we can provide $100 of comprehensive healthcare. Consider a gift. We offer many ways to give. Please mail your gift today to 1359 South Randolph St. Garrett, IN 46738 or give it safely and securely online at www.smhcin.org/donate-now. Choose to make a one-time electronic donation or set up a recurring donation to join our Monthly Giving Club.

Live in DEKALB COUNTY? Join our campaign with GIVING TUESDAY DEKALB from October 1st-November 19th through the Community Foundation DeKalb County. THERE ARE 4 WAYS TO GIVE! Check out the flyer below for details! Our endowment fund protects our future serving DeKalb County.

The top 3 non-profits with the most giving will receive unrestricted grants through the community foundation. Giving through the GIVING TUESDAY DEKALB campaign yields a bigger bushel for your buck!

With your help, Our endowment fund protects our future serving DeKalb County for decades to come. A harvest of HOPE and HEALING is only possible because of YOU! Thank you!

The Dine-to-Donate Fundraiser for St. Martin’s Healthcare Was a Success in Raising Awareness and Funds

Published: September 24, 2021

The Dine-to-Donate fundraiser for St. Martin’s Healthcare was a success in raising awareness and funds. The event was held on Wednesday, September 22nd from 5 PM to 8 PM at Wings Etc. in Kendallville. The restaurant donated 10% of pre-tax food sales. Guests could choose to dine in or carry out their meals.

SMHC would like to thank the Noble Co Health Task Force for organizing the event and the dining guests who eat a meal supporting the cause. SMHC would additionally like to thank the community partners.

2021 Dine to Donate Partners:

Venue Partner:

  • Wings Etc. Kendallville

Premium Burger Partners:

  • Gary & Annette Adkins
  • Yoder & Jessup, Law Office

Basket-O-Wings Partners:

  • Nik and Grace Caswell
  • Jim and Julia Nixon

The Garrett-based health clinic expanded medical and dental services to Noble County residents in 2016. At present, nearly 25% of the clinic’s patients are from Noble County. The next Noble County fundraising event will be held in 2022. Please look to the Noble County Health Task Force for more information.

Noble County Health Task Force was founded to provide local support to our county's uninsured or under-insured. To: (1) Increase awareness of St. Martin’s services. (2) Provide financial support to the Clinic. (3) Recruit medical volunteers to help support the Clinic’s operations. Task Force members include Gary Adkins, Nicolette Benedict, Grace Caswell, Julia Nixon, and Joshua Munson.

The proceeds raised from the Dine to Donate support St. Martin’s mission. SMHC serves the uninsured and underinsured healthcare needs of DeKalb and Noble County. The clinic helps maintain the physical, psychological, emotional, and spiritual health of the community.

2021 Dine to Donate Fundraiser at Wings Etc. of Kendallville

Published: August 31, 2021

St. Martin’s Healthcare and its Noble County Health Task Force committee has partnered with Wings Etc. of Kendallville to host our “DINE TO DONATE” fundraiser this fall. We are requesting your support to make a larger impact to heal the sick and comfort the hurting. Dine in or Carry Out!

How the Dine to Donate Event Works:

  • Dine with your friends & family on Wednesday, September 22 from 5pm-8pm.
  • Wings Etc.-Kendallville donates 10% of all pre-tax food and soft drink sales
  • Includes dine in or carry out (Coupon Attached)
  • Wings Etc.-Kendallville is located at 870 N Lima Road

Various partnership opportunities are available. Read more about the giving levels in the Partnership Letter (PDF) and Partnership Form (PDF) (PDF). For secure on-line giving, please visit our Event Sponsorship page. Please consider partnering and dining with us on this great evening. You may print or download the coupon at the bottom of the flier (PDF) to participate!!

Free and Charitable Clinic Week Underway

Published: August 25, 2021

Our inaugural Free and Charitable Clinic Week runs from August 23rd through 27th 2021. St. Martin's Healthcare, Inc. is asking DeKalb County, Noble County., and the entire surrounding Northeast Indiana region to recognize Free and Charitable Clinic Week 2021.

St. Martin's Healthcare is supporting the accomplishments and contributions of free and charitable clinics in communities all over Indiana this week as a way to bring awareness to the work we do and the patients that we serve. Clinics, such as St. Martin's, are the safety net for the health care system in Indiana. Medically underserved residents can access care at free and charitable clinics throughout the state and across the nation.

In honor of Free and Charitable Clinic Week, we asked our Executive Director, Tammy Stafford, RN BSN, "What do Free & Charitable Clinics Mean to You?" Her response was powerful and inspired. We invite you to take a listen to her answer with this short video.

Huge Thank-you for participants of St. Martin's Concert and Golf Outing this August

Published: August 11, 2021

After not hosting an in-person concert or golf event in 2020, St. Martin’s Healthcare would like to say THANK YOU to our community for making our First Friday Concert on August 6th and the 13th Annual Golf Benefit held on August 7th, 2021, was such a marvelous weekend!

Thank you to all who came out to enjoy the music of Frankie and the Bananas. The concert and golf outing was sponsored by American Legion Post #97 and the Peoples Charitable Foundation; serving as our Dual Event Partners. The collaboration with Auburn Main Street, The James Cultural Plaza, and the band "Franke and the Bananas" made the beautiful Friday evening a memorable time. A huge thank you to our board members for serving walking tacos, Shawn Fingerle for advocating to the crowd about the clinic, and to the crowd who gave a free-will donation for our mission. Your donations and support did not go unnoticed! The First Friday Concert was a great way to start the weekend.

The next morning, 30 teams tee’d off at the Garrett Country Club for the 13th Annual Benefit Golf Outing. Despite the rainy start, the teams enthusiastically supported the clinic. Congratulations to the Blomkamp Team for winning the first men’s place and TRIN Ladies for winning the Women’s 1st place!! Thank you to all of our golfers and to the entire Garrett Country Club staff for working through the rain to partner with us! We would like to thank all of our sponsors who helped make this event successful and for their support of St. Martin’s Healthcare.

Thank you to our Great Ball Drop Partner: Credo Family Medicine; to our Lunch Partners: Ashley Industrial Molding, Auburn Hills Animal Hospital, Auburn Dental Associates, Garrett State Bank, P.E.P, and Steel Dynamics; to our Golf Cart Partners: Dr. K. Michael Hayes, Nucor Fastener, Nucor Building Systems, Scheumann Dental Associates, and Vision Source; and to our Hole Partners: AMI Investment Management, Brinkerhoff Law, Custer Grain, Custom Coating, Campbell & Fetter Bank, Cordes & Associates Financial Group, Edward Jones: Duane B Schuman, Elks Lodge 1194-Kendallville, Feller Clark Funeral Home, Fort Wayne Orthopedics, Garrett Country Club, Hicksville Bank, Italian Grille, Insurance Trustees, Signature Construction, Tara Martinez Photography, Tri Kappa of Auburn, Vulcraft, Walmart D.C. #6074 and Yoder Ford.

Thank you to all the businesses and individuals that donated Raffle Prizes and Gifts for the Golfers including, Auburn City Steakhouse, Auburn Cord Duesenberg Automobile Museum, Best-One Tire Service, Big Splash Adventure, Buffalo Wild Wings - Auburn, Casey's General Store, Cebolla's Mexican Grill, Cincinnati Reds, Circle K Gas Station, Classic City Center, The COLTS, Combat Ops Entertainment, Costco Fort Wayne Store, Crazy Pinz, DeBrand Fine Chocolates, Falling Upward Designs, Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, Fort Wayne Tin Caps, Garrett Bowl, Garrett State Bank, Hoham Feed & Seed, Hop River Brewing Company, Indiana Physical Therapy- Ft. Wayne, Italian Grille, Kathy's Kountry Kitchen, Lassus Bros. Oil, Inc., Lazer X, Mad Anthony Brewing Company, Man Crates, Mary Ann Made Custom Cupcakes, Menards Home & Garden- Angola, Mike's Car Wash, Miller's Market, NAPA AUTO Shop- Garrett, NCG- Auburn, Nikolaus Caswell, The Obi Cai Restaurant Group, O'Reilly's Auto Parts-Kendallville, Peg Perego USA, Pine Valley Country Club, Sechler's Fine Pickles, The Fox Den Coffee Shop, The Bowser Family, The Burrell Family, The Johnson Family, The Stafford Family, The Sonnenberg Family, Three Rivers Distilling Co., Ultra Zone Laser Tag, Walmart Supercenter- Kendallville, Walmart Supercenter- Auburn, Wings Etc. Grill & Pub, and the YMCA of DeKalb Co.

Last but not least, thank you to all of our dedicated staff, volunteers, and board members who gave their time and energy to make these events such a big success. With the support and generosity of our communities, St. Martin’s Healthcare can provide medical, dental, vision, prescription assistance, and mental health counseling for those in DeKalb and Noble Counties that are uninsured or under-insured. This year, we exceeded our fundraising goal, thanks to our powerful community. The clinic, which begins its 17th year of service in October, is funded entirely by grants, donations, and fundraisers such as these events. We are very appreciative of the communities support. As always, the proceeds raised from the concert and the golf outing will support the mission of St. Martin’s Healthcare and our services.