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For almost 22 years, Lori Varela has been committed to serving Galveston’s homeless at CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread. Since 1986, CHRISTUS Our Daily Bread has provided two hot meals, much-needed medical assistance, access to psychological services, clothes and hygiene products. While the program services have remained consistent, the needs of the clients being served vary day-to-day.…

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For Jose, every breath he takes is work. A patient at CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic, Jose has a history of asthma and was chronically short of breath, especially when working. His asthma medications were no longer helping, and he was finding his work as a pool repairman a struggle. About two years ago, Jose was…

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Thanksgiving provides us an opportunity to not only nourish the bodies of our clients and patients, but also their spirits. As in years past, the CHRISTUS Health Team throughout Houston and Galveston provided Thanksgiving food baskets to those in-need at our clinic and program locations. In lieu of complete Thanksgiving meals, 70 families received gift…

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Mental health is just as important as medical care for underserved communities, and CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic is seeing a greater demand for mental health services among its patients. “Mental health has not been a major focus previously in low-income communities,” said Richard Torres, CHRISTUS Foundation for HealthCare President. “COVID-19 has made it more of…

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By Sister Rosanne Popp, M.D. Medical Director, CHRISTUS St. Mary’s Clinic We hear in the news daily about the courage, endurance and dedication of front line health care workers who are battling daily to save patients’ lives during this pandemic. Indeed they are the heroes of the COVID war. What is it like to be…

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