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The purpose and goals of The Jesse Tree:
- Improve the stewardship of local resources,
- Reduce the duplication of effort among social service providers and ministerial assistance programs,
- Integrate healthcare, social services and ministerial resources,
- Provide chronic conditions management programs that empower individuals to break the cycles of chronic medical and social conditions that destroy the health and well-being of individuals, families and communities.
The Jesse tree is a faith-based, non-profit organizaton that began in 1995, by creating a community-based, information management system, effected a managed, compassionate, care process that integrates screening, assessment and referral for medical care, social services and ministerial assistance. The Jesse Tree maintains a website to display the continuum of community care and has created a web-based, universal application that allows multiple users to work simultaneously to assess and assist applicants. To fill gaps in the system, The Jesse Tree provides direct assistance for nutritious foods, chronic disease management support, education and prescription assistance. The Jesse Tree Journal is a newspaper tabloid published annually, while the bilingual telephone helpline connects individuals with care. Save Our Sisters (SOS) Breast Cancer project provides outreach to the African American Community to reduce the disparity in the deathrate from breast cancer, while God's Fan Club provides electric fans and education to seniors to avoid heat-related illness. The Beach Patrol project assists the families of drowning victims, while the lifeguards search for the victim, then makes provision, if the search must be postponed overnight. The Friday Food Fairs are offered weekly in conjunction with The Houston Food Bank to distribute twenty tons of fresh produce at four locations, while medical screenings, social service enrollment and ministerial assistance are provided. The Health Equipment Loan Program (HELP) provides durable medical equipment (wheelchairs, hospital beds, etc.) to the uninsured and the Senior Food Box Project delivers food to the homebound, low-income, elderly and disabled. Other projects, such as the blanket drive for the homeless are seasonal.
Following Hurricane Ike, The Jesse Tree staff was able to immediately mobilize using wireless laptops to assist those impacted by the storm. A pantry was established at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in the empty school building and chronic conditions management classes resumed. The uninsured seeking care at UTMB and the patients of both 4 C's Clinics depend on these classes for ongoing education and support. However, The Jesse Tree's main office building on Market Street and the Bolivar Branch were destroyed. Materials, equipment and supplies were lost. Fortunately, the durable medical equipment (DME) and medical supplies were stored in Texas City and are undamaged. These items are often required by those participating in the classes and other uninsured individuals.
This project will purchase a twelve-passenger van to transport staff members, equipment and supplies to the various county locations, sustain the part-time nurse educator and case manager positions and purchase sufficient supplies to implement this project immediately. The outcome of this project will be to create a mobile, chronic conditions management program that serves Galveston County residents in multiple mainland, island and peninsula locations. The urgency lies in that the evacuation disrupted the lives of many of the previous participants whose medical conditions worsened at a time when access to medical care is significantly reduced. Your approval of this request will expedite the project and save lives.
- Ted Hanley
- (409) 762-2233
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