Two local churches said they would support a local program that offers free prescriptions to patients with difficulties.
The move comes weeks after Ohio’s Prescription Assistance Program Announced a possible closure in September If you do not receive funding.
President Joel Lucia noted that a donation of $30,000 from Advent of the Lutheran Church in Mentor It will cover its costs for half a year, while First Church, Congregation in Painesville It has also offered $1,000 in funding. The program continues to look to raise support through online fundraising and mail donations.
Lucia said that if the program received $30,000 to another $35,000, it would have enough funding for a year. He hopes to use that time to “put the program on solid ground”.
“The program was within weeks of stopping services,” he said in a written statement, adding later that donations “will now provide an opportunity to find other avenues of support.”
Reverend Steve Bond, pastor of Advent Lutheran Church, said he learned of the program when he saw reports of a possible closure of the program. He spoke with a retired pharmacist in his congregation who was familiar with the program, and I spoke with Lucia about the program’s needs.
“We feel fortunate and often look forward to supporting programs and/or ministries that reach out and help those in financial difficulty,” Bond said. “We also have in our department that we want to help the elderly population and work with seniors in Lake County.”
“Once we learned of its existence, we didn’t want to see it fall off the map,” he added.
Bond said he hopes the donation will encourage churches, organizations and other people to consider making a donation to the program.
Reverend Tom Cover, Senior Pastor at First Church, Congregational, said, “We have a focus now on believing in work and how we can get more involved in the community and, you know, how we live our faith in the world we are in today. And one way is partnering with organizations that are already working. In the community “.
In addition to financial support, Coffer noted that members of his church have expressed interest in volunteering with the program.
“I just hope that people can get the medicine they need,” he said.
The pharmacy previously had a three-year financing agreement with FirstChoice Home Health, Lucia told The News-Herald earlier this yearThe Home Care Agency will save the pharmacy $65,000 each year. After completing part of the first payment, the agency informed the program that it would no longer be able to provide support.
Lucia sought support from the Lake County government and health officials before announcing that the program would close at the end of September if it did not receive funding.
With the church’s recent donations, he said, “We will continue the process with full force.”
Lucia said people can donate to the program in two ways. First, they can visit “gofundme.com” and search for “Ohio Prescription Assistance Program. They can also send donations to the Prescription Assistance Program, 7757 Auburn Road, Unit 6, Concord Township, Ohio 44077.
Checks must be made for the Prescription Assistance Program.
According to Lucia, the program is a not-for-profit drug repository that serves 735 Ohioans, most of them from Lake County, but is open to anyone who resides in Ohio, who would otherwise not be able to afford prescription drugs.
The program only charges shipping fees, though it said it waives those costs in case patients are unable to pay. Financial requirements are set at three times the poverty level, but the organization does not require financial checks.
More information can be found by visiting papofohio.com Or call 440-350-1470.