Almost three years ago, the Great Falls Rescue Mission expressed a need for help with their client’s foot care. We, at Cluffy, always wanted to help people. The Great Falls Rescue Mission was already doing that for those that were in great need. They saw a gap in what they could provide and what their clients needed so they came to us to help fill in those gaps.
From January of 2015 to July of this year when we moved a few hours away, it has been a great joy to serve the Great Falls Rescue Mission and their clients. Honestly, I had all sorts of preconceived notions about who I would be treating. I would have never imagined my first patient to have a PhD in education. My image of who they were, what backgrounds they come from were completely shattered within the first few visits to the Rescue Mission. Throughout my time there, I learned that those I serve are extremely intelligent and have simply suffered misfortunes in their lives.
Serving has been a real privilege. These individuals are so interesting and bring such color into my own life. Even in comparing my practice with the individuals there brings extra perspective. Providing free care is a totally different experience than when you have to pay a fee for a service. Many of those who pay expect service which means gratitude isn’t always on the return. However, these individuals have expressed such grand gratitude for their inclining health and their treatment. Individuals like this help us to see the greater picture for all the things we need to be thankful for.
I am so grateful that I had the opportunity to serve in this way. As I reflected upon my time there, I continue to grow in greater gratitude for the blessings and opportunities that I have been given. It has been my honor to serve the Rescue Mission and their clients. I will miss them all greatly and hope to find where I can serve in my new town quickly.
We all have gifts and talents. Mine have an intimate relationship with people’s feet. Sure, I am a podiatrist and am with them all day but this is my passion. I want to see people get better. I want to be a part of that process. I hope that I can be an encouragement to others to serve their communities and to use their gifts, talents and abilities to make this a better place.
The Great Falls Rescue Mission has been a beacon of hope since 1963. They serve the homeless men, women and children of the Great Falls area and are committed to meet the needs of the whole person: spiritually, mentally and physically.