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St. Pius Fall 2019 Optical Mission

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To: JOP Board

Cc: Paul Connor, Amy Kuzma, Dr. Yan Jiang, Helen Fusco, Richard VanBuskirk, Dr Jeffrey Zimm, Alison Burberry, Carol Stadnyk

Re: Eye Mission trip to St Pius X November 2019

December 8, 2019

The eye care team was comprised of (front row) optometrist Dr. Yan Jiang (MA), Helen Fusco (OH), ), and Jeanne Stamant (FL). 2nd Row:  Paul Connor (OH), Richard VanBuskirk (FL), and Amy Kuzma (OH).

We arrived at St Pius clinic on Nov 19, conducted 3 clinic days Nov. 20-22 and departed November 23. We received outstanding support from our St Pius team members including Lesly-Ann Walker (full time parish secretary), Vivienne Bradford, Marie Mattai, Rosemarie Warren, Boxer McEwan, Paul Deacon our driver, and Deacon Vivian Blair.

The team delivered much needed eye care to the poor of Kingston, who expressed appreciation for our services. Below are the numbers, keeping in mind there was only one doctor (new to our facilities) and a small support team.

126 patients examined

122 pairs of eyeglasses to be made and shipped back to Jamaica

47 cataract suspects for potential future surgery (list of names sent to Dr. Zimm)

24 patients diagnosed with glaucoma and medicine dispensed (under supervision of Dr. Lee Martin).

11 walk-ins for eyeglasses repair or replacement

80 approximate number of patients given (over the counter) eye drops for dry eyes.

The remaining inventory of medicine was documented by Amy and will be sent to Dr. Zimm.  After recording statistics and patient counts, we filed all patient records each day and request that future eye mission teams do the same.  It is also important that all teams fill out the eyeglass lab order form completely, including patient telephone number for follow-up delivery of eyeglasses.

Amy has agreed to be the mission leader and administrator for future November mission trips, except for MOH registration which I will continue to shepherd, Thank You Amy!

Ms. Susan Smith is the new hostel manager at Immaculate and she was most gracious in taking care of our lodging needs and some meals. We have booked rooms for the November 3-7, 2020 trip to St. Pius X. The new elevator at Immaculate is a welcomed improvement to the hostel facilities.  There was no Wifi at St Pius but it was available at the hostel.

A list of supplies needed for future missions has been compiled and team members have been asked to add anything we may have missed.

Dr. Yan Jiang has emailed a follow up list of suggestions for future missions which I have passed on to Dr. Zimm.

Jamaica Outreach Program is blessed to have this dedicated team (most of whom return annually) delivering on our mission to help the poor in Jamaica.

Respectfully submitted, — Jeanne Stamant

October 23 – 31, 2018 Mission Trip to Montego Bay

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Seaford Town optical mission October 23 – 26, 2018

Paul Connor, Dr. Tom Kelly and Peggy Johnson conducted an optical mission at Sacred Heart in Seaford Town with the assistance of two local nurses: Sister Jhorna Gomes and Sister Teresila. Accommodations at “the doctors house” on the church property and food prepared by local volunteers were reportedly excellent. The team did 122 eye exams over 2-1/2 days and will return 77 eyeglasses to be made. Paul confirmed the autorefractor is damaged beyond repair and it had to be disposed of (likely the cause is inadequate and erratic electrical power supplied to the property). Going forward, visual acuity testing and the doctor’s retinoscopy equipment will suffice to obtain prescription data for eyeglasses.

Montego Bay inspection and audit

On October 26 Ginny Lazar and I toured the Love in Action Soup Kitchen which is managed by two Korean sisters. Approximately 8 volunteers were preparing packaged hot food for distribution to inner-city homeless and homebound poor in Montego Bay later that afternoon. Ginny toured and inspected the Good Shepherd Medical and Dental clinics and the Cathedral while Jeanne Stamant was conducting the Montego Bay audit. Earlier that day Bishop Burchell was part of the soup kitchen team preparing beef with gravy, corn, rice and vegetables. We were very impressed by the dedication of volunteers and organization of the soup kitchen and clinics; both very deserving of JOP’s funding.

Eye Mission to Kingston, Jamaica Oct. 28- Nov 1, 2018

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​Team members included: Dr Dwight Avery, Dr Alanna Edwards, Paul Connor, Ashaunda Edwards, Amy Kuzma, Ginny Lazar, Helen Fusco and Jeanne Stamant.  Support from St Pius X for mission services included Vivienne Bradford, Novalee Mumby, Boxer McEwan and registration staff Beverly Peart, Marie Mattai and Rosemarie Warren. JOP is indebted to all team members for their tireless efforts to bring vision care to the poor, who would otherwise go without.  Many thanks and blessings from grateful patients were heard as well.

In 3 full clinic days we saw 209 patients: 181 people for general eye exams plus 28 cataract surgery follow ups. We will be making 171 prescription eyeglasses and there were another 42 jobs that were either repairs from walk-in patients or single vision glasses made and delivered on-site by Paul.

We developed a list of 26 new patients needing cataract surgery. There were also other special needs that were diagnosed including one pseudo-opkeia, 3 pterygiums, 6 retina issues, 3 Yag laser needs and 1 proliferative diabetic retinopathy. We also dispensed medications for glaucoma to approximately 18 patients. In addition about 90 patients received “Tears”/drops for dry eyes.

Oct-Nov Optical Mission

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Jeanne’s report on St Pius X Optical mission Oct 31 to Nov 5, 2017

192 eye exams were administered

163 pairs of eyeglasses have been, or will be, made (22 were made on-site).

22 cataract patients are ready for surgery and many others were diagnosed to be ready in 1 to 2 years. List sent to Dr Zimm.

Our team of Peggy Johnson (KY), Paul Connor (OH), Jeanne Stamant (FL), Dr. Tom Kelly (OH) and Amy Kuzma (OH) are seasoned repeat missionaries and the work flowed smoothly. St. Pius’ Novalee, Tanicia, Peta Gaye, Marie, Jodi & Boxer were outstanding additions to our team. Novalee is an action-oriented secretary and we were well served by her speedy and knowledgeable service. It was a nice touch for Mrs. Veta Lawson (St. Pius X Pastoral Team) to check on us daily and for Miss Bradford’s regular presence and upbeat disposition.

We should continue to bring sunglasses and give them away for free.

Glaucoma meds were limited initially, until Saturday, when Dr. Lee Martin delivered glaucoma meds that JOP had ordered as part of recent medicine grants. Next time we need to look for those before the optical clinic opens.

We could use more plastic frames especially those big enough for bifocals. There is an abundance of metal frames stored in the clinic closet. We can use more higher power reading glasses.

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March 2017 Food Drive

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What we do in His Name is always an Inspiration to others

The annual J.O.P. Food Drive at St John the Evangelist church in Naples, Florida, on the weekend of March 4-5, 2017,  supported our ministry in Jamaica with enthusiasm and lots of food donations. An ocean bound container left the parish grounds on May 6th with six hundred labeled cartons of food and goods. Over five hundred of those were cartons of food. Among them were 129 cartons of cereal, 106 cartons of pasta, 97 cartons of canned vegetables, and 34 cartons of rice. Each carton of rice contained approximately 35 lbs of rice packages.  Additional cartons contained soup, flour, oatmeal, canned fruit, beans, juice, and shelled nuts. Not all cartons listed on the manifest contained food. Donated optical and dental supplies, handmade clothing, text books, and a carton of handmade toys made by a wood craft club in Naples, were also entered on the container’s manifest.

In the name of those Jamaicans who will receive the food and goods collected, we extend sincere thanks and appreciation to everyone who contributed to the success of the Food Drive.  What we do in His name is always an inspiration to others to do the same.

Jan 2017 Dental Mission

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DENTAL MISSION REPORT—-JANUARY 2017

The January dental mission to St. Pius took place on January 23-24-25. The mission leader was Jeanne Stamant (missing from photo), from Naples, FL.

The mission team included:

Dr. Mary MacKay, Lubek, ME (repeat missionary with us)
Dr. Ludmila Tchakarova, Baltimore, MD
Dr Mark Lazare, Naples, FL(repeat missionary with us)
Jamie Fisher, RDH, N Palm Beach, FL
Chantel Burnett, RDH, Miami, Fl
Tatiana Kravtsova, RDH, Baltimore, MD
Gina Graci, RDH, Cincinnati, OH
Eunice Milien, RDH/assistant, Miami, FL
Stephanie Willie, Assistant, Saskatchewan, Canada

3 Assistants from Jamaica:
Marcia Wizard,Sheriffa Edwards & Trecia Rodney (1 day ea) to fill in for a last minute cancellation by a volunteer Assistant from FL.

Our mission had two major goals, first to take care of as many patients as we could handle at the clinic, and second to conduct educational sessions at the DuPont School which includes preventative work there.

Our clinic operated Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 8:30 pm, 7:45 pm and 6:30 pm Mon-Tue-Wed, respectively. I rescheduled several patients to the next mission trip to minimize the already long hours devoted to our team. At the school two dental hygienists conducted two sessions daily, first giving oral hygiene education to the children, then applying fluoride varnish to the children’s teeth and then conducting a full inspection of their mouths to determine their immediate and future needs.

In total we saw 779 patients for a total of 199 procedures (excluding school procedures). The team reports show that there was lots of compassion flowing with team members and with the patients. As usual, Miss Vivienne Bradford and Boxer were of tremendous help to the team, and they produced fantastic results. We also examined 17 patients referred out to oral surgeons or medical doctors for high blood pressure treatment ( BP too high to risk doing an extraction).

Day Extractions Fillings Cleanings Clinic Pts DuPont Total patients
Monday 25 16 20 53 264 317
Tuesday 21 20 29 65 299 364
Wednesday 27 9 32 61 37 98
Totals 73 45 81 179 600 779

 

 

As usual, the staff at St. Pius, Miss Vivienne Bradford and Boxer were super hosts to the group and Kevin & Rosemarie Williams hosted an excellent dinner Monday evening. Having the security folks around was an added bonus both for the peace of mind and for the social interaction. Kevin and Deacon Vivian’s presence at the hostel on our departure day was a very special send-off.

The team’s recommendations and suggestions for future missions will be documented in a separate report to Roger.

Respectfully submitted,

Jeanne Stamant, “mission mama”

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Nov 2016 Optical Mission

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To JOP Board of Directors, Mission team, and Dr. Zimm

Re: Nov. 1 to 6, 2016 Eye Care Mission Trip Report

Submitted by Jeanne Stamant

Missionaries: Dr Alanna Edwards (Atlanta, GA), Dr. Paul Russo (Cooperstown, NY), Ohio team: Paul Connor, Ashaunda Edwards, Amy Kuzma, Peggy Johnson, and FL team: Jeanne Stamant & Ginny Lazar.  Also Ray Shawcross accompanied us to do Education work and audits.

This team was exceptional and devoted to our ministry to help the poor; they were great to work with and are people with huge caring hearts.  Two doctors new to our mission did not have any trouble acclimating to our clinic facilities and worked so efficiently we were ready to close the clinic and eyeglass dispensary by 5:30 pm all 3 nights (a first for me in my 14 years doing these mission trips).

275     Exams completed

223     Pairs eyeglasses to be made by Wandering Eyes/ Paul Connor in OH

Many  reading glasses dispensed (we did not count those).

Some repairs of eyeglasses.  These were minor repairs like replacing screws.  The edger that Paul Connor had shipped did not arrive until after our departure, so major repairs and on-site eyeglasses were not possible this trip.  Paul delivered and fitted the eyeglasses prescribed by Dr Zimm for his August mission trip patients.

32      Cataract patients diagnosed as ready for surgery; list and patient records will be delivered to Dr Zimm.

26      Glaucoma patients diagnosed and prescriptions given (additional refills will be coordinated by Ms. Bradford and Dr Lee Martin).  The Alcon donated eye meds were delivered to St Pius after we had departed, so they will be there for the next mission team.

14      Special surgeries or other eye disease and treatment – list and patient records will be delivered to Dr Zimm.

We did not have a nurse this trip so blood pressure screenings were not done.

Immaculate Convent Hostel continues to be managed by Ms. Odette Creary.  Supper at $9 per person was simple but convenient; there is a new rule in place that catered meals must be for a minimum of 10 persons (i.e. $90 min fee); we were 5, 9 and 8 missionaries on those 3 catered nights so we invited Paul the driver and Boxer to join us.  WIFI service at the convent was much better than in past years.  Ms. Bradford obtained our groceries (per list we had provided her in advance) before we arrived. Paul Deacon served as our driver and in spite of the van breaking down on Saturday, he, Vivienne and Fr Thomas were able to drum up alternative transportation (a wild ride in and with a police escort was the highlight of the week).

Thursday evening dinner was Pizza Night and attended by some of the staff from St Pius.

Friday evening we were the guests of Kevin and Rosemarie Williams and enjoyed traditional Jamaican foods, followed by a walk to the ice cream shop.

Our missionaries were all favorably moved by the experience and indicated a willingness to do it again in the future.  We had a Saturday night assessment session with ideas flowing about potential future improvements and I believe Ashuanda took notes. Ashaunda: please email me your notes or, if you did not take them, perhaps Paul C can direct me to the person who did.

Miss Bradford greeted us warmly and handled our needs efficiently and graciously. Tanicia, Peta-Gaye and Jody were our registration and frame selection team and were indispensable.  Boxer was ever-present and served his usual ambassador role and facilitator for security, lunch, supplies and water. The St Pius grounds and facilities were clean and tidy.

Fr. Collin Henriques and Archbishop Ken Richards met with Ray and I on Nov 2nd; Ray and I will update the JOP Board at our upcoming meeting.

I arrived a day early to conduct audits of St. Pius and St Benedict/AMU for JOP related grants. Ray conducted the audits of St Peter Claver and DuPont School. Those reports will be sent to the JOP Audit Committee when completed.

Some things to consider for the future:

  1. Continue to have Paul and/or Amy come one day early to clean and setup the clinic making sure all equipment is ready and operating.
  2. Continue to have 2 doctors when possible.
  3. We can always use more reading glasses.
  4. I am asking the other missionaries to email me their suggestions (I can’t recall all of them).

This mission was very successful and on behalf of the JOP Board, I extend its thanks to all who contributed their time, money, and talent.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Jeanne Stamant, mission coordinator

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Concert fundraiser successful

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The Spring Concert put on by the Jamaica Outreach Program on March 2, 2015 was a smashing success. Patrons left the venue with glowing remarks: “Fantastic … like being on Broadway!” and “Incredible feast for the ears.”

Performers included the very popular Southwest Florida talent of Billy Dean and Dawn. They were joined by our favorite Jamaican tenor Kevin Williams who not only performed several spiritual hymns but charmed the audience with beautiful ballads including “Perhaps Love” and “Unchained Melody.” Also featured was Dino Vallee, a well-known supporter of the arts and popular opera personality in Southwest Florida and Detroit. His renditions of “Old Man River” and “Largo” from The Barber of Seville were superb.

Chairperson Roger Plante welcomed the audience of nearly 300 and gave a brief synopsis of J.O.P.’s work in Kingston, Jamaica. Funds raised from this wonderful event will support the annual food drive for Jamaica as well as the dental, optical, and medical clinics on the compound of St. Pius X.

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Casino Night 2015

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Jamaica Outreach Casino Night Raised over $13,000

The Casino Night held February 6th, 2015 was sold out and a great success, raising over $13,000 for the poor in Jamaica. Guests were greeted at the door with a flashing red carpet entrance and early bird donation specials on raffle tickets or casino chips. Fun and joy were reflected on the faces of guests as they enjoyed fine food & drink and got great deals on the Silent Auction. When the Casino opened there was a mad dash to favorite gaming tables: Roulette, Blackjack, Craps, Texas Holdem and Slot machines…. People were 3 and 4 deep watching others play or waiting to get in on the action. Cheers, moans and groans could be heard throughout the ballroom as winners and losers reacted to the turn of a card or roll of the dice. The atmosphere was electric and everyone left happy (especially those who won the great raffle prizes… the grand prize cruise was won by Nancy Tuck). Casino Party Nights Florida created a very professional Casino and the dealers were real characters. We will definitely do this again next year (save the date Feb 4, 2016). Thank you to all who contributed to the success of this event, especially our sponsors: Gary & Peg Wendlandt, Jeanne & Bob Stamant, John & Mary Tingle, Steve Pala and 2 anonymous donors.

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Choir visits Naples Feb 2015

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The weekend of February 6-8, 2015, was special in many ways.  A Jamaican choir under the direction of Kevin Williams graced the liturgies at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples, FL with beautiful voices and hymns. That weekend a special collection was taken up in the church to support our sister parish St. Pius X, the medical, dental and optical clinics at St. Pius X as well as education programs there and elsewhere in Jamaica. We extend heartfelt thanks for your support and loyalty to our mission to help the poor in Jamaica.

Hosting the choir for three days in private homes involved a concerted effort on the part of many.  Hosting involves chauffeuring, lodging, feeding, and providing a home away from home to a choir that gives its all with cheer and good will.   The fact that those amenities are extended by our hosts to people they have never met says a lot about our parish. Inviting perfect strangers into your homes takes a leap of faith and a special kind of courage; they delivered both with grace and style.

Other groups and families “hosted the hosts” and their Jamaican guests for their evening meals throughout the weekend.   It was a great service to many by a very special few.

We told our Jamaican guests that they were missionaries to Naples.  As they shared their energy, time, and talent on behalf of their fellow Jamaicans, they renewed our own energy, time, and talents on behalf of the very same people.

And aren’t we all lucky to have someone like Kevin Williams befriending our cause? What a great ambassador he is for Jamaica’s poor!
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