The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem recently donated $5,000 to the Beersheba Springs Medical Clinic.
Charles Bearden, Knight Commander of the Order, was on hand to present the donation.
“The Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem is a Christian order of chivalry established in 1098,” explained Bearden. “The order originally cared for knights who had contracted leprosy.”
There are 5,000 Order members worldwide, with 500 in the United States. Their main focus is on philanthropic work and caring for the sick. In addition, they support charities that help the poor with medical expenses.
The money distributed by the Order is given by members, all volunteers, out of their own pockets. Bearden said the Order distributes one quarter to a one-half million dollars each year.
The Beersheba Springs Medical clinic caught the attention of the Order through David Juliano, grandson of Beersheba residents.
“We like to identify smaller groups in need around the country and the world,” said Bearden.
The Beersheba Springs Medical clinic was established in 2010 for and by the Beersheba Springs community. Its mission is to promote, protect, and improve the health of persons (especially the medically indigent) living in, working in, or visiting the Beersheba Springs area.
The clinic fills a dire need in the community by connecting organizations, individuals, and other resources to provide medical care to all residents, regardless of ability to pay. In 2017, the clinic conducted more than 2,500 patient visits.