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Dekorra Mission Endowment Fund donates to free clinic

Pictured from left are Bill Schleichert, President of the Dekorra Church Counsel, and Jerry Carncross, Mission Endowment Fund committee member, along with Carol Anchor, Dr. Kathleen Doyle, Dr. Paul Slavik, Corky Shumway and Arlene Neale, some of the staff members at the clinic.

The Dekorra Mission Endowment Fund recently donated $2,900 to the Portage Free Clinic. The Portage Free Clinic began as a mission of the St. Vincent de Paul store and moved to new quarters donated by Larry and Sue Wilz in the basement of the Wilz Drug and Home Health Care store in 2011. The clinic provides basic medical services, including a foot clinic and chiropractic care, on Wednesdays from 8 a.m. to noon. No appointments and no insurance are required and there are no residency restrictions.

The Dekorra Mission Endowment Fund had its start when the membership at Dekorra Lutheran Church, led by the church council, authorized a committee to start collecting donations to carry out the biblical principle of proportionate giving; returning to the Lord the “first fruits” of His gifts to us. Contributions come from gifts of wills, life insurance policies, charitable gift annuities, trusts and transfers of property, and any other gift directed to the Fund.

After the Fund reached its initial investment goal, the committee began to make distributions to various charities throughout the local areas of Poynette, Lodi, Arlington and Madison and to worldwide charitable organizations from the income generated by investment of the funds.

Distributions now total $14,820 including grants for food and clothing, medical assistance, shelters, disaster relief, education for the poor and providing sheltered workshops for the disabled. The Dekorra Mission Endowment Fund is currently providing two distributions annually.