We take our commitment to serving those in need on the road with our Mobile Rural Health “semi,” an 18-wheel tractor-trailer that provides free medical and dental care in Cumberland, Lee and Moore counties.
In 2010, we received a federal grant to build the semi. Since then, the semi has been the Moore Free and Charitable Clinic medical home to patients in the rural northern tier of Moore County. The semi also serves the emergency dental needs of those in extreme pain with no access to dental care in the aforementioned counties.
Overall, we have treated more than 2,000 people. But we still have more than 500 people on the waiting list for dental services alone.
SJP also sponsors eye exams and free flu shots on the semi, which has two exam rooms and an expandable stage. With the help of volunteers, we partner to bring educational and cultural enrichment to the community.
Every December, the semi is the venue for a Candlelight Vigil in Southern Pines Downtown Park to collect winter clothing and blankets for distribution to the homeless.
The event is part of National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day to raise awareness of the tragic impact of homelessness on individuals, families, and communities, and to remember those who have died as a result of being homeless.
Attendees are asked to bring new and gently used clothing – in both adult and youth sizes – for distribution during the winter months to those in need in Moore County. Examples include coats, scarves, jackets, blankets, sweaters, hats, socks, gloves, shirts, mittens, sweatshirts and sweatpants.
The semi is an important mission for SJP, and we need donations, volunteers and funds to keep it rolling.