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Heartfelt Thanks from a Patient

Published by
Susan Metts
March 25, 2019
Dr. Doug Briggs and David
Dr. Doug Briggs and David

“What I Experienced was the Love of Christ Today.”

We love hearing from our patients. But we didn’t expect this kind of heartfelt gratitude from a patient named David, a former New York City Rescue Mission chaplain.

“I’ve never needed help before,” he said. “When I needed it the most, you were there.”

David found NeighborHealth during a very low point in his life. After his experience with us, he, took time to compose this moving letter to our entire staff. With his permission, we share it with you. Read on to see how David felt the love of Christ through NeighborHeath, and how he’s giving back to others in need

When David realized that we are a faith-based health center, the former New York City Rescue Mission chaplain took time to compose this moving letter and email it to our entire staff.

When David came to NeighborHealth, he was uninsured. Recently, his wife became employed, providing David with health insurance coverage. The good news is that David can remain a patient at NeighborHealth–we serve those with and without insurance.

Here is David’s letter (published with permission)

Dear Dr. Briggs, Betsy, Amy, Alicia, Emily, Richie, Michelle, Marie, Sue Ellen, and Bob,

I just want to say thank you so much for seeing me on such a short notice today. My experience was the best I have ever had in a doctors office.

You were all so very nice and you treated me like I was important to you. It meant a lot to me.

When I got home I went to your website to do a review and saw that you are Christians. What I experienced was the love of Christ today. My wife and I moved to Raleigh from Brooklyn. I was the Pastor of 220 homeless men and women for almost seven years at The New York City Rescue Mission in lower Manhattan, The first Rescue Mission in The United States for the homeless and needy.

All of you blessed me tremendously with the care you gave me and at one of my low points since I’ve been in Raleigh.

My wife and I have worked so hard all of our lives and always had insurance and paid our bills and never had to ask for food stamps, or any type of assistance.

I will start collecting my Social Security in April with Medicaid and so I want to make you all my primary care folks if it’s ok with you.

This was a Divine Appointment today from The Lord. I know this for sure. You are all special people in the eyes of The Lord and I will never forget what you did for me. 

Your Brother In Christ, David

We say thank you to David for sharing his story. After serving the homeless in New York City, he is now serving those in need in Raleigh. He volunteers with Oak City Outreach, working with the homeless and the needy. On weekends, he loves to play his trombone, and he puts up a sign that says “free prayers.” David is blessing to this community.

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