Faith Family Medical Center (FFMC) exists to follow the commitment of people of faith to provide hope and medical care of the working uninsured and other underserved by meeting their physical, emotional and spiritual needs. Opened in 2001, FFMC believes the hardworking people who slip through the cracks of our fragmented healthcare system – construction and landscape workers, restaurant servers, caregivers, musicians, retail workers – need quality healthcare. To achieve this, FFMC operates a clinic and partners with local specialists and healthcare organizations to offer services at a reduced or free rate to patients.
TVC has supported Faith Family Medical Center since 2004, providing donations that help to cover the majority of the cost of patient visits. FFMC patients pay an average of $29 to see a provider and receive labs, yet each new visit costs Faith Family an average of over $200. The generous gifts from TVC help fill that gap. TVCers have also been loyal volunteers at Faith Family. This past winter, a group helped address and stuff FFMC’s Christmas cards and year-end appeal. Volunteers have also worked in the community garden and helped with maintenance projects.
Monthly, the clinic hosts Chronic Disease Days, during which patients with chronic diseases can receive all of their annual appointments at no cost to them. Other upcoming events include Music Cares which focuses on healthcare for musicians here in Music City and Senior Days to care for older citizens.
Currently, there is a great need for clinical volunteers to help support FFMC’s clinical staff. If you have an RN, LPN, BSN, CNA, EMT or similar license, FFMC would love to have you! Clinical volunteers work on their feet and are responsible for rooming patients, taking vitals, recording patient history and other clinical duties. As for group volunteer opportunities, FFMC has a beautiful community garden that requires upkeep including prepping, weeding, watering and harvesting. This opportunity is good for almost every age and can be a fun way to work for one’s community on a free Saturday.