MEMPHIS, Tenn., May 5, 2022 – New Direction Christian Church, The Power Center Community Development Corporation, Leadership Memphis, and Volunteer Memphis announced a free Health and Wellness Expo scheduled for May 18 at New Direction Christian Church located at 6120 Winchester Road from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event will be held in partnership with the Shelby County Health Department and Memphis Housing and Community Development. Students, families, and others in attendance will be able to get vaccinated for COVID-19, Meningitis, HPV, and all vaccinations required by Memphis-Shelby County Schools as well as have access to financial, legal, counseling, and job recruitment services.
“With schools transitioning between in-person and virtual classrooms over the last two years, some students are behind on their vaccinations. We are proud to partner with exceptional organizations to host the Health and Wellness Expo May 18 at New Direction Church to offer a safe way for students to get vaccinated and protect themselves and others from these illnesses,” said Reggie Crenshaw, President and CEO of Leadership Memphis and Volunteer Memphis.
Anyone in attendance will be able to receive a vaccine, not just students. People wanting to get vaccinated will need to bring their ID, shot record, and insurance card. Individuals that receive Tenncare will be able to show their Tenncare cards for free vaccinations. People without health insurance will also be able to receive free vaccinations. Anyone who would like to be vaccinated and cannot get their shots that day will be able to schedule a future appointment to visit a clinic, or for a home visit.
“The goal of the Health and Wellness Expo is to connect the community with the health resources they need in a place they trust. We are extremely grateful to our community partners for offering their services and we look forward to helping the students, families, and anyone else in attendance,” said Dr. Stacy Spencer, Senior Pastor for New Direction Christian Church.
The Health and Wellness Expo will also offer free health and wellness kits to people that receive Tenncare or EBT benefits and show their registration cards. In addition to the health and wellness offerings, the event will feature organizations offering financial, legal, counseling, and job recruitment services for anyone in need.
“As an organization that promotes the sustainability of our community, we want to always be a liaison in making resources accessible. This event will offer support to families in multiple ways,” said Dr. Alexis Gwin-Miller, Executive Director of the Power Center CDC.
The May 18 Health and Wellness Expo will be held at New Direction Christian Church located at 6120 Winchester Rd. from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The event is free and open for all to attend. Anyone wanting to be vaccinated will need to bring their ID, shot record, and insurance card.
About Leadership Memphis:
Leadership Memphis is a non-profit, community leadership development organization. Its mission is to prepare and mobilize leaders to work together for the good of the whole community. Originally founded in 1979 as The Memphis Institute of Public Responsibility, Leadership Memphis has graduated more than 4,000 leaders from its programs. For more information, please visit LeadershipMemphis.org.
About Volunteer Memphis:
Volunteer Memphis builds capacity for effective volunteering and connecting people with opportunities to serve throughout Memphis and Shelby County. The organization helps individuals, families, corporate teams, and community groups strengthen Memphis and the Mid-South through service at more than 300 nonprofit organizations and schools. Our volunteers are at work every day of the year, tutoring and mentoring children, helping individuals and families make pathways out of poverty, improving our Memphis and Shelby County environment, and more. Volunteer Memphis is an affiliate of the Hands-On Network, an association of 250 volunteer service organizations across 16 countries and an action Initiative of Leadership Memphis. For more information, please visit VolunteerMemphis.org.
About The Power Center Community Development Corporation:
The Power Center Community Development Corporation (PCCDC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit established to benefit the public and focus on the progression of economic, educational, and social development in the Hickory Hill community of Memphis, TN. The Power Center CDC’s mission includes restoration through sustainable urban development and empowering initiatives designed to instill hope, pride, and a sense of community. Over the years the PCCDC has built affordable housing, a community performing arts center, and it birthed a flagship charter school with the development of the Eden Square Town Center. PCCDC is a staple in the community and through strategic partnerships, it continues to provide programs and resources to families and youth while addressing inequities in economics, housing, and urban development. For more information, please visit powercentercdc.org.
About New Direction Christian Church:
New Direction Christian Church (NDCC) is a life-changing ministry focused on making individuals and the community-at-large better. Established in 2001, NDCC quickly became a pillar in the Hickory Hill community before expanding to a second location in Collierville and offering programming to serve Memphis and the surrounding areas. NDCC brings people from all socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds to experience God together, do life together and connect biblical standards to everyday life. We are making our community better through spiritual renewal and neighborhood revitalization, while enlarging the Kingdom of God. For more information, please visit n2newdirection.org.