Soul Station Ministries in Tunnel Hill has been providing community outreach and the sharing of the word of God since 2008. As the ministry has grown for more than a decade, the variety of outreach has grown as well.
Today the ministry hosts a free community health fair from 11 a.m to 3 p.m. at 3517 Chattanooga Road in Tunnel Hill. The fair offers free flu shots, blood glucose testing, body and weight mass assessments, blood pressure checks and nutrition assessments.
Flu shots will be given courtesy of Tunnel Hill Pharmacy, and employee Megan Broome has been one of Soul Station Ministries' top volunteers. This is the second wellness event the ministry has offered this year, and Assistant Director Rachel Chambers said organizing the event would be much more difficult without the help of people like Broome.
"She was here helping when we had our backpacks for children event to give students supplies for back to school, and it was hot and hard work and you never saw anything but a smile on her face all day long," Chambers said of Broome. "She is just one of those people who always seems to step up whenever there is a need. If it weren't for people like her who volunteer their time and give without asking anything in return, we wouldn't be able to help as many people as we have."
The health fair is being made possible again by a grant from North Georgia Electric Membership Corporation's Operation Roundup. The pharmacy, the Whitfield County Fire Department and the Tunnel Hill Wellness Clinic will provide free services. There will also be free fruit, hot dogs and beverages.
"This is our first year of the community health fairs, but there is an outpouring of people in need in this area," Chambers said. "We have a good turnout and a huge community support. I don't think there is a business in Tunnel Hill that doesn't come together and help out in some way."
The centerpiece of Soul Station Ministries is its thrift store and food pantry. The store sells donated items and all of the proceeds are used to fill the food pantry. In the second quarter of this year, more than 15,000 pounds of food were distributed to needy families, seniors and military veterans. The ministry also sponsors events around back to school, Thanksgiving food boxes and Christmas kids drives. In recent years, the organization is also authorized to process Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program applications as well as Medicaid and other governmental social service programs.
"It is such a blessing, and we give all honor and glory to God for what we can do," Chambers said. "We have grown by leaps and bounds. The projects and the events have more than doubled in the last three years. We are very excited, and it is because of people like Megan helping us grow."
For her work in helping organize the free community health fair in Tunnel Hill today, the Daily Citizen-News names Megan Broome its Citizen of the Week.