Fall always is a very busy time at the Trustee’s Office. The Healthy Cities Health Fair and Veterans’ Stand Down, scheduled for October 23 at our office, 320 East Superior Street, is a huge undertaking for my staff and the organizations with which we partner.
The Health Fair and Stand Down provide much-needed free health screenings and health care to over 600 veterans and uninsured and underinsured residents of our community. On the day of the Health Fair and Stand Down, the entire Wayne Township Trustee’s office is turned into a health care facility.
The doors will open at 7:30 a.m. this year, one and one-half hours earlier than in the past, so more persons will be able to participate in the free health services. The opening ceremony will be at 8:30 a.m., and the event will conclude at 3:30 p.m.
The Health Fair and Stand Down is an annual event at the Trustee’s Office. Among the services offered are various types of medical screenings, dental and eye care, adult immunizations including flu shots, cancer services including mammograms and mental health screenings.
In addition to health services, participants will receive donated winter coats for themselves and their families, a free hot lunch, free haircuts and personal hygiene items. Special services also are offered for veterans including veterans’ benefits counseling. Translators will be available.
The coat drive currently is being conducted by my office. If you have a coat or coats you can donate, please bring them to my office, and we will make sure they get to those who need them. We also are accepting other types of winter clothing, such as hats, gloves and boots.
As more and more persons lose their medical insurance or see their benefits reduced, the Health Fair and Stand Down has become an important part of participants’ medical care. If you are among the many persons who need the medical services we offer at the Health Fair and Stand Down, don’t hesitate to participate.
The Stand Down and Health Fair is a combined effort of the Healthy Cities Committee, the Veterans’ Administration Northern Indiana and the Trustee’s Office. All of the health care services at the Health Fair and Stand Down are donated or obtained through grants.
Many local organizations volunteer their services and medical supplies to make the Health Fair and Stand Down a success. Among the participating organizations are local hospitals, schools, universities, churches, Board of Health, healthcare clinics, veterans’ organizations, businesses, UAW Union and numerous civic organizations. Wayne High School ROTC students will be one of the groups helping this year.
I am so thankful for the many persons and groups who volunteer so much of their time and resources to make the Health Fair and Stand Down a success. The Health Fair and Stand Down is an event which demonstrates the caring spirit of our community, the same spirit that made Fort Wayne an All-America City.
Many of you signed or helped circulate the petitions to keep the Waynedale Post Office open. As of the time I am writing this, no final decision has been made by the Postal Service on the fate of our Post Office. I certainly hope the Postal Service will listen to us and keep open the Waynedale Post Office.
Richard A. Stevenson, Sr.
Wayne Township Trustee
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