July 2023 Newsletter
When Giving Feels Good – Real Donor Stories
Here at NeighborHealth, we are blessed with many generous donors and supporters who help us deliver on our important mission to serve Christ by loving our neighbors through excellent, compassionate, and accessible healthcare.
These donors choose to share their gifts with us for many reasons—and we are beyond grateful for each and every one of them. Here, we’ll get to know several special NeighborHealth supporters.
Connie Coble has been a Raleigh resident for nearly 50 years – and is surrounded by an incredible circle of women who have made it a priority to give back to their local community. As part of the Poker Face Girls Club, Connie and her fellow members get together roughly once per month to raise funds for a local non-profit through a friendly game of poker. This spring, as the winner of the evening’s poker game, Connie had the opportunity to select any local non-profit to receive a portion of the group’s membership dues. We’re so thankful Connie chose NeighborHealth – and we know that the group’s $1,840 donation will help support our ability to meet the healthcare needs of many of our community’s most vulnerable neighbors.
“This meeting was one of the first gatherings we were able to have since the start of the pandemic. I had seen how NeighborHealth Center really stepped up to help manage the COVID-19 public health crisis by continuing to provide exceptional healthcare services, including testing and vaccination, to many of our neighbors during this difficult time. This great organization had been foremost on my mind for how hard they worked throughout the pandemic. We were glad to be able to give back.”
Connie says giving to NeighborHealth is important to her because she believes that happiness is often dependent on being healthy – and she appreciates the opportunity to support local organizations doing great work.
“Every happiness in life is dependent on good health – it’s really the foundation of the pyramid. And, healthcare is a basic need, which means no individual person deserves care more than any other. NeighborHealth offers access to this basic need to so many who wouldn’t otherwise have access. We know their work helps keep our community stronger and healthier – and we are thankful for the opportunity to support their efforts.”
Edith & Hendrik Struik
A committed husband and wife team, Edith and Hendrik (Henk) have been supporters of NeighborHealth since its inception due to a long-time friendship between Edith and NeighborHealth’s founder Susanne Berger. Edith comes from a family with four generations of physicians – and was brought up understanding how important it is to take care of those who can’t afford healthcare. Even her husband, who worked in the pharmaceutical industry, always felt it was critical to help provide medications to those who couldn’t afford them.
“Over the years, Henk and I have spent 30 years outside of the U.S. living in six different countries – everywhere we’ve lived, we’ve been involved in supporting the underserved, it’s just part of our DNA.”
When it comes to deciding where to direct their charitable donations, Edith explains that she and Henk regularly pray for God to guide them on how to be the best stewards of the resources He provides. They then decide together which organizations to support.
“We both love that NeighborHealth is providing Christ-centered healthcare to everyone who needs it – regardless of their ability to pay. As Christians, we know that faith is less about what we say and more about what we do, and the work NeighborHealth is doing every day is a perfect example of living out Christian values.”
Paul learned about NeighborHealth many years ago from its co-founder and first Executive Director Sue Ellen Thompson, who was a fellow member of his church. After a brief career in healthcare, Paul was diagnosed with a rare health condition that left him unable to work full-time.
Since then, he’s been devoted to volunteering and giving back to numerous organizations throughout the community such as the Raleigh Dream Center, Military Missions in Action, and NeighborHealth Center. Whether he’s feeding the homeless, putting together bags of food in the warehouse, or supporting medical mission work, Paul says his focus today is on sharing Christ with people.
“I care about people, so giving feels good. While I’ve had my share of physical challenges due to my disability, God has given me 58 years of life, and I am thankful to be around and grateful for the opportunity to help others. I have a home God has given me and my finances allow me to give to NeighborHealth on a monthly basis – and I consider that a real blessing.”
NeighborHealth wants to extend a very special thank you to Connie, Henk & Edith, and Paul for sharing their generous gifts with us, and for their willingness to share their personal stories. Donors such as these are what make the care we deliver at NeighborHealth possible!
23% of our patients are children and 20% of them are uninsured!
A back-to-school or a sports physical costs about $250 per child. Our goal is to raise $10,000 to cover the cost of physicals for the equivalent of a classroom of kids and help their families get ready for the upcoming school year.
Can we count on you to help us meet this goal by July 31?
Thank you for your continued partnership.
Chief Executive Officer
Serving Christ by loving our neighbors through excellent, compassionate, and accessible health care.