They partner with principals to offer after school programs and mentoring. They work with police to reduce the number of criminal arrests among youth by providing supportive interventions and referrals to mental health resources. They engage community proprietors, even founding the Northwest Shelby County Rotary Club, the first Rotary Club of Raleigh-Frayser. And, they partner with Methodist Healthcare to address the community’s health needs. Pastor Caswell shared, “The Congregational Health Network has played a key role in helping lift up the community. We have reached out to Sheilah Easterling, a member of the Congregational Health team, on a number of needs that we had for families in our community. She is always able to help.” In the summer of 2017, Pastor Caswell’s vision of the “Seven Ps” came full circle following a devastating storm that left hundreds of thousands of Memphians without power for over a week. With no power in their church, Pastor Caswell’s congregation decided to have church in their community by helping clean up, delivering snacks and water, feeding people and checking on vulnerable and senior community members. He shared, “Before we knew it, it went viral. When the news asked how long we would be out in the community, we said that we would be there until the lights came back on!” For the next week, from sun up to sun down, his congregation, along with other pastors, proprietors, police officers, politicians and partners, came together to care for their community. “Together, we served over 6,000 residents and helped over 4,000 households,” Pastor Caswell recalled. “ Just like how the Congregational Health team works within churches to improve people’s health by directing them to resources and care, I see the need for navigation like that in a lot of other areas. “ Community Health Outreach BY THE NUMBERS 400+ 20 regional, state & evidenced-based programs 250 $28.6 m health workers, therapists & local partners educators For ampro & Rudner Family, Giving is Personal investment by MLH, grants, philanthropy & service contracts As a family founded, owned, and operated Memphis business for over 50 years, ampro Industries, Inc. and the company’s Chairman, Cheri Rudner, and her husband, CEO Henry Rudner, are deeply committed to giving back to their community. In 2017, Cheri and Henry attended Methodist Healthcare Foundation’s Cancer Center Luncheon where they learned about the disparity in breast cancer mortality impacting African American women in Memphis and the need for funding to cover the cost of preventive mammography screenings. “As a Memphis company, ampro is passionate about addressing the needs and challenges faced by our community. So, we made a gift to cover the cost of 100 mammography screenings,” explained Henry. The Rudners’ passion for this cause is personal. In 1993, following her annual breast screening, Cheri was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent cancer treatment, had a double mastectomy, and today she is cancer free. “From our family’s experience, we know how important preventive screenings are for early detection and treatment. We are grateful to be able to partner with Methodist in this way to ensure that all women in our community can access life-saving preventive screenings,” shared Henry. METHODIST HEALTHCARE FOUNDATION YEAR IN REVIEW 2017 I 5 (from right to left) Henry and Cheri Rudner, their son, Jonathan Rudner, and daughter, Melanie Rudner-Herron, are passionate about giving back through their family business.
Methodist Healthcare Foundation Annual Report 2017
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