Thousands of people living in the United States have no insurance health insurance and have no way or very few ways to seek medical care. Luckily hundreds of Southeast Texans living without insurance were able to seek medical attention at the St. Katharine Drexel Health Fair Feb. 25 at Martin Luther King Middle School, Beaumont.
“It would be really hard to get help if I didn’t have this,” Nallely Avalos, an attendee, said.
Avalos and her family, Cristo Rey, Beaumont, parishioners, survive on one income from her contract laborer husband, and with four children things can get expensive. The health fair not only allowed her and her family to receive medical screenings, but provided other essentials such as diapers that two of her children use daily.
Attendees were able to see several medical professionals and seek services in the areas of women’s health, eye and hearing screenings, dermatologists, dental, vaccinations, cholesterol, glucose and blood pressure screenings.
Other groups offering information at the event included Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas, the Julie Rogers Gift of Life program, Southeast Texas Hospice, Birthright, Family Services and more.
“What’s amazing is the number of people who come out and are the face of Jesus to these people. They’re putting they’re faith into action,” Sue Hebert, St. Katharine Drexel member, said.
The St. Katharine Drexel Humanitarians is an outreach program of Cristo Rey, St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica and St. Anne in Beaumont. For more information call (409) 832-9963.