Jack Sharratt felt a painful void in his life after recently retiring from a 25-year career as a chiropractor.
But the Batavia resident has filled that void inside by volunteering at Aurora Christian Healthcare, a non-profit clinic that provides free medical, dental, visual, orthopedic and chiropractic services to those in need.
“These people are working poor,” said Dr Sharratt, who looks after the clinic’s patients for four hours every two weeks. “They are our neighbors. They build our homes, do our landscaping and produce goods in our factories.
Aurora Christian Healthcare is a holistic clinic that provides prayer, health care, and counseling to those not covered by Medicaid, Medicare, Veterans Affairs, or the US Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, colloquially known as “Obamacare”.
According to the Kane County Health Department, 11.8% of the county’s residents do not have health insurance. That figure equates to around 63,254 people without medical coverage and 23,352 people in Aurora alone.
Many people who seek help at the free clinic suffer from chronic health conditions such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure and poor dental hygiene, said Dr Sharratt.
“My patients are lovely people,” he said. “They are hardworking, devoted to their families, unpretentious and appreciate their care.”
The clinic is located at 61 S. Broadway, in the building that previously housed Mission Possible, which closed in 2020 after eight years of providing free health care to the uninsured community.
Aurora Christian sees herself as the heir to Mission Possible, but to continue helping the sick and suffering in the area, she needs more health professionals to volunteer at the clinic.
The clinic is looking for doctors, nurses, nurse practitioners, dentists, hygienists, chiropractors, ophthalmologists and other health care providers “with a spirit of mission,” according to Traci Dunne, a registered social worker and vice president of the 501 (c) nonprofit. .
Healthcare professionals must be licensed in Illinois and willing to devote at least three to four hours of service per month, she said.
There is also a need for volunteers for the reception team, whose members schedule appointments, call back patients and register them when they arrive at the clinic.
Occasional needs include assistance with mailings, photography, graphic design, information technology, cleaning, painting and construction, Ms. Dunne added. And Spanish-speaking translators are always appreciated.
Aurora Christian Healthcare is funded by donations, grants, gifts and a few foundations.
Those interested in donating, volunteering, or learning more about the clinic can call (630) 586-6392 or visit www.aurorachristianhealthcare.org.
For Dr Sharratt, providing free health care is its own reward.
“I meet my needs as a doctor and as a human being,” he said. “I am making a difference.”