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DCMC Hosts Annual Ministry Fund Silent Auction Thursday, October 4, 2018

Door County Medical Center will be holding a Mission and Values Week Silent Auction to raise money for the Ministry Fund. Since its founding 17 years ago, DCMC’s Ministry Fund has given more than $500,000 to local individuals struggling to meet their basic needs. This Silent Auction is open to the public and is the primary source of funding for the Ministry Fund.

The mission of The Ministry Fund is to further the healing ministry of Jesus by continually improving the health and well being of all people, especially the poor. The types of needs funded through The Ministry Fund are as unique as the many individuals to whom they are provided. Some examples include shelter, clothing, durable medical equipment, car repair, fuel/utilities, transportation, medications and dental bills.

Through the resources made available from employees and other donors, this fund has been able to fulfill over 3,900 requests for assistance since the fund was created.

Katie Graf, a veteran Social Worker at Door County Medical Center is the coordinator of the Ministry Fund. Through Katie’s energy and drive to help those who are poor or in any way afflicted, the original grant has multiplied nearly four-fold since it was established in 1999. The fund is replenished through a variety of grants and ongoing fundraising events, most important of which is this Mission and Values Week Silent Auction.

“We don’t always see it every day, but people are desperate – falling through the cracks. This program is vital to our community and the members it serves. Helping someone with their utility bill to bridge the gap until their next paycheck or making sure they have enough funds for a taxi ride to the doctor’s office can make an immeasurable impact in the quality of their lives. It can mean the difference between a home and homelessness, sick or healthy and even life or death.”

All of the proceeds from the auction will be directed to the Ministry Fund for the benefit of Door County residents in need. Packages are provided by area businesses, different departments of Door County Medical Center, and even Door County Medical Center employees to help this incredible cause.

The silent auction will be held on Thursday, October 4th from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the conference center at Door County Medical Center. Winning bids will be announced at 2:30 p.m. and the lucky winners will be asked to pay for and claim their items between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. Special arrangements can be made for those individuals unable to pick up their items until the following day.

For more information on The Ministry Fund or The Mission and Values Week Silent Auction, please visit www.dcmedical.org.

September 15 Silent Auction Benefits Ministry Fund

Since its founding 16 years ago, Door County Medical Center’s (DCMC) Ministry Fund has given more than $500,000 to local individuals struggling to meet their basic needs. Funds are given to patients in need of everything from durable medical equipment to prescription medications. The fund also provides help in paying utility bills or getting transportation to receive medical care, or finding temporary shelter while receiving medical treatment.

Little girl holding a red heartThe 2016 auction raised nearly $9,000, a significant part of the annual budget of the fund. On Thursday, September 15, DCMC will hold its annual Silent Auction to benefit the Ministry Fund. “Last year we had more than 65 local businesses who made donations,” says Katie Graf, social worker at DCMC who helped establish the fund. “In addition, every department in the hospital donates a gift basket of some kind. It is a team effort.The 2016 auction raised nearly $9,000, a significant part of the annual budget of the fund.

The Ministry Fund also receives assistance from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Greater Green Bay Community Foundation and the Fred Marcon Foundation, as well as numerous private donations and memorial gifts. Within the Ministry Fund are two additional areas, the Life Direct Fund, which helps the elderly and disabled with the cost of a personal emergency response service to ensure their safety, and the Brighter Day Fund, used for community members struggling with mental illness.

“The Ministry Fund reflects our mission as a hospital,” says Graf. “We aim to further the healing ministry of Jesus by improving the health and well-being of all, especially the poor.”  She says that the many handwritten thank you notes she receives each year are a testament to the impact the fund makes on individuals and families:

I am writing to thank you for the work you do helping others. I recently had an emergency situation and needed to be in Green Bay to have my eye checked for a possible retina detachment. Your program helped me pay for what I could not. Thank you for going above and beyond for helping me with that unexpected doctor’s appointment.

-Ministry Fund recipient

The auction is open to the public, and runs from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in all three conference rooms on the lower level of the hospital. For more information, or to make a donation to the auction or the Ministry Fund, call Katie Graf at (920) 746-3622.

Making the Connection: Lauren Daoust and the Ministry Fund

For Lauren Daoust, social worker at Ministry Door County Medical Center, helping those in need has always come naturally. “When I was in fifth grade, there was a boy in my class who was always picked last for kickball,” she says. “One day, I decided I wanted to be team captain so I could pick him first. That was the best day of my school year.”

Now, in her role working with clinic and hospital patients and residents of Ministry’s Skilled Nursing Facility, Lauren serves a wide variety of people, listening to their needs and connecting them to the help and support they require. On any given day, Lauren will visit with hospital patients to ensure they have support when discharged, be called to the Emergency Room to support a patient, or help a clinic patient create an advanced directive.   “We work closely with other services and community organizations such as Home Health, Meals on Wheels, Lifeline and Ministry’s Memory Clinic,” she says. She also provides support to family members of those who are hospitalized or in the Skilled Nursing Facility. “Caregivers need resources, too,” she adds.

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Lauren is grateful Ministry has so many resources to offer, including the Ministry Fund that provides for immediate needs of patients and their families during times of crisis. “We help families who are struggling with paying rent or utility bills while between jobs, we provide hotel rooms for a family member of someone who is hospitalized if they can’t afford it, we help with emergency dental care, and we help pay for medication for the short-term for individuals who are experiencing tight financial times. We’re really offering a hand up for people,” she says. Since being established in 1999 by MDCMC social worker Katie Graf, the Ministry Fund has gifted more than $445,000 to the community.

Another available resource is the Brighter Day Fund that helps those struggling with mental illness with immediate needs. “We recently had a mom at our birthing center who was struggling with post-partum depression. Counseling really helped, but she couldn’t afford to continue it. The Brighter Day Fund helped her get the counseling she needed so she could care for herself and her baby.”

Lauren enjoys the challenge of her work, and says that helping her clients is like “putting together the pieces of a puzzle.” She uses her ability to be empathetic and non-judgmental. “I think I’ve always been able to see the strengths of others, even if that person is having difficulties,” she says. Lauren is happy to be part of the Ministry team. “Ministry really lives up to its mission to serve all those in need, especially the poor. And that doesn’t just mean financially – we help those who are isolated, or who may have limited emotional resources. Truly, it’s a privilege and an honor to help people in their time of need.”