Families for Vocation and Healing Ministry
Promoting religious life vocation, and the healing of body and soul
"If you wish to help, there are lots of things you can provide, like hygiene supplies, including soaps, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shampoo, lotion, etc., Dr. Gutierrez says. "We also need multivitamins for adults and children, goodies (candy), new small toys (for cancer patients) and school supplies for the kids. We need to send everything before November 1, because shipping takes 60 days. So our collection deadline is Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015. If you can help, please email Dr. Gutierrez
at email@example.com or text her at 209/996-6663. View most recent medical mission
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
Our first FVHM trip was during the third and fourth weeks of December, 2013. We went to San Miguel Bulacan, Philippines, which was flooded in October 2013. We wanted to go to Tacloban as well, but it was not possible because the airport was closed.
We had a support group waiting for us in San Miguel Bulacan, and all of our medical supplies had already arrived. We were fortunate to have some left over supplies that we are distributing to different Filipino-American associations that are sending boxes to the Philippines for the typhoon victims.
Several volunteers from Los Angeles, Texas and Modesto participated, and each paid his or her own way. Most volunteers are families, friends and students in the medical field, and some are former classmates from the Philippines. So far, the dentists are members of the military.
The team brought all the supplies for the mission, including donated food, used clothing, toys, milk, medicine, etc. Ten boxes were shipped, starting April 2013, in 20' x 20' x 10' balikbayan corrugated boxes.
What mades this trip special was that because seniors are often neglected, in addition to our all-ages service days, a special day was set aside (on each trip) for senior citizens to receive vitamins and hygiene care. FVHM board member Arlaine B. Gutierrez, MD, says, "Each mission is special because it gives us the privilege to reach out, share and give back to all the people waiting for us on
the mission." View photos from latest mission trip
Dr. Gutierrez asks, "Can you come with us on our next mission trip in January 2016? We invite you and your family and friends to come and join the group for a rewarding experience that helps us realize how blessed and lucky we are. Despite our abundance, there are other people somewhere that need our support.
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We all look forward to assisting many people on
our next medical mission trip in January 2016. Please see below for information on how to donate supplies by October 27, 2015.
FVHM Board Member and Mission Servant Dr. Arlaine Gutierrez, who oversees medical missions, filled us in about the next trip. "We are able to take mission trips only every 2 to 3 years, so we did not go in 2014 or 2015. Volunteers must build up 2-3 weeks of vacation time at work, as well as personally save up for the trip, since everyone pays for everything from their own pockets.
"For our upcoming trip in January 2016, week one will be in Laoag, Philippines, where we will join a larger group that will offer surgical services aside from medical and dental. Week two, we will go to Payatas, Quezon City. The Payatas Orione Foundation (registered by the Dept. of Social Worker and Development & Exchange commissions in the Philippines) for medical/dental services and minor procedures. We also plan to serve a mission in San Miguel Bulacan. And if there is enough time and supplies, we will visit Tondo, Manila, as well.
"The House of Joy in Tauman, Manila, Philippines, has extended a special invitation to visit children with hydrocephalus, and they are asking us to bring food and hygiene supplies.
"The University of the Philippines Children's Cancer Center has sent us a special invitation to bring and distribute toys and candy for the patients. We need sponsors (such as your family or your company) for the toys and chocolates.
"We also plan to go to one school and give them school supplies, including pens and pencils. All of our supplies are donated, and we pay for shipping – and hope the items will not get lost along the way!
"We are all excited to have some local doctors and nurses from Modesto joining us on the next mission, especially since we have more cities to go to and people to help and serve. We do both 'all ages' days and 'senior citizen' days. Seniors' days are especially needed because the elderly there don't have any pension plans, and nobody supports them. We provide them with hygiene supplies like soaps, toothpaste, toothbrushes and even lotion.
"This time we will do an educational series in the mission. Prior to giving out hygiene supplies, some of our volunteers will give talks on proper brushing of teeth, flossing and hand-washing. We want to emphasize hand-washing – especially among the children.
We are endowed with our God-given faith and mindful of the mandate of Our Lord Jesus Christ to "beg the harvest master to send out laborers to gather his harvest," (see Matt 9:38) and inspired by His message, "I was ill, and you cared for me" (see Matt. 26:36). Our purpose is to reach out to help those in need.
Families for Vocation and Healing Ministry is a support- and service-oriented non-profit 501(c)3 organization that is fully recognized and approved
by the IRS. Your donations are tax deductible to the maximum allowable by the IRS.
In future years, we plan to expand to serve additional dioceses, states and countries. Our ministerial family hopes to influence other families. We encourage members of the medical and dental fields to join us. We also invite hospitals and pharmaceutical firms to donate vaccines, medicines and testing supplies.
As we help educate larger numbers of people, help them access health care, and empower them to
take care of themselves – thereby avoiding unnecessary doctor visits, emergency care and hospitalization – the result will be fewer dollars spent for health care.
Our ultimate goal is to work together to promote vocation to the priesthood and religious life, and the healing of human body and soul. To that end, our mission is to:
• Conduct regular faith-formation activities of the member families and in the community.
• Foster and support vocation to the priesthood and religious life through prayers and financial assistance to both seminaries and deserving seminarians.
• Support as many dioceses as possible in the United States and Philippines.
• Advocate and promote delivery of health care services to the marginalized members of the community.
• Actively participate in the health care programs of parishes and dioceses.
As a service organization dedicated to building healthy families of faith, we seek sponsorships to help underwrite our seminarian support, medical/
dental supplies and healing outreach. As most contributions are tax deductible, we know you'll want to participate. We ask you to prayerfully consider ways you can support this important cause. All net proceeds benefit the Vocation Ministry of the Diocese of Stockton and the healing ministry. Later, other dioceses and regions will be added. Any efforts of your time and talents will also offer you many intangible rewards.