through improved physical health at
CUB. Recently they began offering a
medical and dental clinic visitation in
conjunction with the Christian Medical
and Dental Association (CMDA). CUB
provides the physical location and the
patients; CMDA brings the professionals
and the equipment. The effort
allows medical and dental students to
garner patient experience alongside a
professional, Dianne says, and serves a
real need for the homeless.
Dianne is amazed at this and says
that when the homeless come to this
kind of event, it’s a sign their spirit is
transforming; so often, on the streets,
they’ve spiraled emotionally into a state
where they don’t care about their own
health needs. “The chronically homeless
don’t generally have the opportunity to
access medical care unless they go to
the emergency room,” she adds.
In September, 56 health care professionals
offered eight hours of free
medical and dental care. These professionals
were able to provide 160 dental
and 58 medical procedures in one day.
They’ll return November 16 and then
twice a semester. “We’re extremely thankful
that these professionals are offering
their time for people who cannot afford
these services,” says Dianne.
During the holidays, the ministry
plans several seasonal outreach events.
For Thanksgiving, CUB volunteers
provide a feast for 300 using food
donated by ministry partners.
Likewise, CUB hosts a Christmas
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dinner the week before Christmas and
a Christmas gift giveaway the Saturday
prior to the holiday. Participants meet
for a worship service, then gather for a
cup of hot chocolate. At the end, they
receive a Christmas gift bag and a
sandwich to go. In the gift bags are
hygiene kits, gift cards to fast food
restaurants; scarves, gloves, hats, socks
and other items they collect from
generous donors. Children also are
invited to select a toy. One partner
group knits all year long to provide
scarves, she says, and she can’t keep
enough gloves in stock.
A volunteer-run ministry of this
size and magnitude can always use
funding assistance. There’s still time to
participate in a 5K benefitting CUB on
October 19. Or you can organize a
special project like a food or sock drive.
Find CUB’s wish list on DollarDays.com
or Amazon Smile.
Multiple churches and individuals donate the items
inside the Christmas bags that will be distributed
during the CUB Christmas celebration.
Church Under the Bridge
724 Chestnut St., San Antonio, TX 78202
Be A Light.
Pray. Ask God to empower this ministry
to continue to be a spiritual light to
San Antonio’s homeless population. Share.
Follow CUB on Facebook to find out about
events. Give. Funds are needed for the
upcoming holiday events and for operations.
Mail a check to P.O. Box 34421, San Antonio,
TX 78265 or donate online. Tell. Encourage
your church to sponsor a donation drive
or a cook team or to sign up and serve.
Volunteer. The upcoming holidays bring a
special opportunity to get involved. Serve
and increase your joy.
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Thank you Lord, for this anonymous donor
who generously gave so Church Under the
Bridge could be featured in this issue of The
Beacon. With this generous gift, we are able
to raise awareness of this ministry and the
difference they are making in our community.
Doctors and nurses donate their time to check vitals
and make healthy recommendations.
Volunteers get ready to distribute Christmas bags at last year's celebration.
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