The Extra Mile
An elderly lady came to Linda expressing that she had MediCare,
but was in need of Medi-Cal as a secondary insurance to help
cover overwhelming medical bills due to not only her health, but
that of her husband suffering from dementia. Linda in an effort
to help this elderly couple went to their home to help go through
their papers and find the necessary required documents to qualify
for welfare. However, when she got to their home, she soon
assessed that their three dogs were considered their kids and
before they were going to let her go through their papers she
needed to prove herself through her interaction with their dogs.
Linda says, "It would have been comical for an onlooker because I
was not only petting and talking to their dogs, but I sang to
them." At this, they felt comfortable with Linda as if she were
family and handed her their files. Linda's efforts did help this
couple obtain Medi-Cal for a year, which helped them to receive
rehabilitation services in addition to their medical care.
Linda's response to why she would go to such great lengths, "It's
our mission. And community outreach is a big part of the
mission." Linda takes this community outreach to another level
through her involvement with the local C.C.M.Youth Rescue
Mission, a Christian-based program to help men ages 18 and above
to stop abusing drugs and alcohol. Linda goes to the facility and
meets with them to help obtain medical coverage so that their
health needs can be treated as they get their lives worked out.
These men often are in desperate need of dental care and other
medical conditions due to the lack of health care or as a result
of their abuse. Linda has been known to go to a relative's home
in Sterling City to obtain legal documents required to obtain
medical coverage or stand in lines at the DMV to obtain needed
proof of residency.
We are proud of Linda's efforts as a truly Christian advocate
extending our mission.