What is Matthew 25?
Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic is the only full-time, full-service clinic of its kind in the region. With a staff of over 400 healthcare and lay volunteers, Matthew 25 provides free medical, dental, and vision services to the uninsured, low-income residents of northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. For over 39 years, Matthew 25 has come alongside thousands of uninsured, low-income residents, filling a critical need that no other organization does.
Who do you serve?
Matthew 25 serves a broad range of patients, ages 18-64, who are uninsured and ineligible for Medicaid or Medicare. We serve those linving in the following counties: Indiana- Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wabash, Wells, Whitley; Ohio- Defiance, Paulding, Van Wert, Williams. All are low-income. Some are homeless. But the majority of our patients have jobs. Some juggle two or three just to make ends meet, and the fastest growing group Matthew 25 serves is aged 40-60. Many are white-collar professionals who’ve enjoyed good-paying jobs with medical benefits for years. But not anymore.
How was Matthew 25 founded?
The idea of Matthew 25 began in the hearts of ministry-minded people in our community some 39 years ago. The volunteers of the St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen served meals to people in our community and sensed that greater physical needs existed. So a small group of them began praying about what to do.
On May 1, 1976, they opened a free medical clinic — Matthew 25 — in a small house on Clay Street for the needy of the community. Three years later, in 1979, Matthew 25 added dental services.
How many patients do you see a day?
Open over 48 hours every week, Matthew 25 serves 105 patients a day on average — a number that’s always increasing. Over 1,000 patients rely on the clinic for diabetes support.
What other services do you provide?
In addition to meeting primary medical needs, Matthew 25 offers many other services. These include specialty clinics, dental clinics, medication assistance, patient advocacy, wellness programs and social counseling, and internships for area university students.
How are you funded?
Matthew 25 receives no governmental monies. We depend entirely on gifts from individuals, churches, organizations, and corporations — as well as grants from foundations.
How can I help?
You can help in a variety of ways. You can make cash or credit card gifts, or donate anything from office equipment to dental supplies. And we can always use an extra set of hands at the clinic. Whether you’re a healthcare professional, student, or senior, you can always make a difference.
For more information about Matthew 25, please contact:
260.426.3250, ext. 215