Dr. Don Mabry, Dr. O’Rourke, Dr. Caleb Mabry, and others provided medical and dental services to the homeless in Knoxville. It is the Lost Sheep Ministry.
About Knoxville Dream Center & Lost Sheep Ministry
This outreach is accomplished each week by a large team of volunteers. A hot meal is prepared in the LSM facility kitchen and served at portable dining tables. Folks have a unique opportunity to relax, and form relationships with volunteers who are caring and nonjudgmental. A takeaway bag of food is distributed to those who need additional food for the week.
Homeless neighbors have few options for clothing. When clothes become soiled or wet, they must be discarded. Volunteers distribute gently used clothing each week to anyone who has a need. Also, clothing is available for job interviews, and work clothes for temporary employment.
Prayer, a brief Christian message, music, and special events are a part of each week. This offers comfort, inspiration, and a chance to hear the Gospel. Attendance is not required to receive services.
A table is available for those requesting prayer, Christian literature, and Bibles. Volunteers are available to counsel those in crisis and offer referrals to resources available in Knoxville.
A mobile dental trailer is UTB two Wednesday nights each month. Usually, it is the second and third weeks but is subject to change depending on the availability of the dentist. The most common service provided is tooth extraction.
A medical station is available with a volunteer medical doctor once a month, and nurses every week to screen for high blood pressure and diabetes. First Aid is administered, and medical volunteers are alert to any emergency that may arise. Each week builds on forming a trusting relationship with the chronic homeless who do not frequent medical clinics.
Annual Flu Clinic
Free flu vaccines are available for the homeless under the bridge every year.