By Megan Young, Communications Specialist
Partners for Healing, a non-profit, free medical clinic in Tullahoma, Tennessee, celebrates 20 years of changing lives this year.
The clinic, founded in 2001 under the leadership of United Methodist elder, Rev. Bill Starnes, has provided free primary care and mental health services in Coffee, Franklin and Moore county for low-income, rural communities. Partners for Healing also provides help by offering educational opportunities, suggesting jobs, advocating in legislative issues as well as providing access to many other resources.
The organization was recently awarded a $2,000 grant through TNUMC’s Faith that Heals and Church and Society ministries. Morgan Jennings, Partners for Healing’s community outreach coordinator, said that the grant will be used to provide a care coordinator focused on their patients’ social service needs.
Partners for Healing has been closely linked to the United Methodist Church since its beginnings. When Partners for Healing was founded, Rev. Starnes was serving as head pastor at Tullahoma FUMC.
Jennings told TNUMC, “Rosemary Starnes, Bill’s widow said that [Partners for Healing] was Bill’s greatest ministry, a man that was a missionary to Africa, a University President and a pastor in the United Methodist Church for many years.”
Over its 20-year history, the organization has developed a particularly close relationship with Tullahoma FUMC which provides many of the organization’s volunteers, board members and staff. Currently over 50% of the organization’s board are United Methodist clergy or lay members from churches in the region.