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Tuscaloosa Gives Back: Locals Help with Health Needs

05 Mar 2018 Hanson Watkins
The Good Samaritan Clinic is an interdenominational Christian ministry that provides free primary health and dental care, medication, health information and spiritual support to indigent people of every race, creed and gender. The Good Samaritan Clinic is an interdenominational Christian ministry that provides free primary health and dental care, medication, health information and spiritual support to indigent people of every race, creed and gender. The Good Samaritan Clinic

The greatest wealth is Health. – Greek philosopher Virgil

Health challenges come to almost all of us at some point in life. Supporting health related causes and charities is one of the most impactful areas of giving. From working to raise the money for research through walks, or providing hands on services, this is a community need that can always benefit from the giving nature of Tuscaloosans.

Stephanie J. Buffaloe, Home Instead Senior Care

What do you do to support Tuscaloosa?  

I serve as the Ambassador for the Alzheimer’s Association for the Tuscaloosa area. In this role, I lobby for changes in legislation to help families with dementia. I also provide classes to help individuals to understand the disease and how to manage the behaviors. Our business works to make sure that there are trained caregivers to help families who are dealing with the repercussions of dementia. I am also a certified support group leader. One of my favorite ways to support families in Tuscaloosa is through a grant to provide respite. We have a partnership with Hilarity for Charity, an organization that is working in the fight to eliminate the disease and working to help families to have the much-needed respite that they need.

Why is this important to you personally? 

I have several people in my immediate family who have or passed away from the disease. As a professional and personal caregiver to many who have Alzheimer’s and other dementias, I understand how frustrating and overwhelming it can be.

For more information, visit helpforalzheimersfamilies.com.

Dr. Mark Tickle, Dentist

What do you do to support Tuscaloosa?

I support the Good Samaritan Clinic here in Tuscaloosa. It is a non-profit clinic that helps give medical and dental care to those who cannot afford care.

Why is this important to you personally?

It is important to me because we have a large population in Tuscaloosa County that simply cannot afford care. My church, Calvary Baptist Church, also helps fund the clinic. It is a great way to give back to the community and help those in need. The sincere "Thank You" that you get when your patient is done really puts life in perspective.

For more information on the Good Samaritan Clinic, visit gscclinic.org.

Here is a list of other healthcare-related groups where you can give or volunteer:

Alabama Head Injury Foundation: Volunteers, 18 and over, to play games, socialize or share a special talent with clients.  (205) 823-3818

ALS Association, Alabama Chapter: Volunteers are needed to help with the Walk to Defeat ALS taking place on April 30 (800) 664-1242

American Red Cross, Mid & West Alabama Chapter:  Contact Emerald Autrey (205) 795-8785; or Volunteer Connection Support – Lauren White (205) 603-2180

DCH Regional Medical Center: There are three different volunteer programs offered at DCH: Adult, College and Junior. Call Volunteer Services at (205) 759-7174.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Volunteer opportunities for the 2018 Walk start this month. Please contact Bobbi Grady at (205) 379-8065 x8326, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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