Jane and John Schnatz Visit Grant Recipient in Jamaica
It is hard to imagine that only one month ago, John and Jane Schnatz were on vacation in Jamaica, taking time to visit one of The Papal Foundation’s grant recipients. Since that time, COVID-19 has spread even further around the world, including 30 cases reported in Jamaica since late March.
Crises like these demonstrate how important support from The Papal Foundation is to those in need around the world. Hope Clinic is a great example.
In 2018, The Good Shepherd Foundation received $100,000 to help finalize construction of the Hope Clinic that offers low or no-cost general medical care, dental, ophthalmological, and pharmaceutical services for the working poor. Ground was broken in 2012 and construction continued until the clinic was formally opened in June of 2018. The Good Shepherd Foundation raised close to $3 million dollars for the building of the clinic and continues to raise funds for the ongoing operation.
The clinic is staffed by two full-time general practitioners and two full-time dentists. Periodically, medical mission teams, along with immersions teams from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, the Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Mt. Holyoke Catholic College among others provide additional care and support.
During the Schnatz’s trip:
- Deacon Baldwin Powell, Director of the Good Shepherd Foundation took the Schnatz’s on a tour of the Hope Clinic and the Blessed Sacrament Cathedral.
- Deacon Powell also arranged a visit with Bishop Burchell McPherson, Bishop of Montego Bay, during which Jane presented a copy of The Papal Foundation Annual Report to the Bishop.
- The Schnatz’s were also warmly greeted by Mother Joy Surtida, Mother General of the Compassionate Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Poor, who oversee the operation of the clinic, Sr. Ella and Marcia Hylton, a dedicated volunteer.
- The Schnatz’s also visited The Good Shepherd’s Closet, the onsite thrift shop where all proceeds aid Good Shepherd Projects.
While learning about the clinic’s operations, Assistant Director Jean Lue explained that they receive some donations of medicine, but many are close to the expiration date. And while diagnostic equipment and x-rays are not yet available at the clinic, that is a goal for the clinic. According to Jane, “I was struck by the basic and essential elements of the clinic and found it hard not to compare it to the well-staffed and well-appointed ‘Minute Clinics’ in the United States. Everyone we met was so appreciative to The Papal Foundation for our assistance in helping to make the Hope Clinic a reality for their community.”
After the world recovers from this current crisis, if the opportunity presents itself, we encourage all Stewards to consider visiting our grant recipients.