Pharmacy of Grace Story
In the spring of 2016 John Yost traveled with a team from United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (COR) to Ohio to visit Church for All People (C4AP). The purpose of John’s trip was to evaluate C4AP as a site for a COR Mission Trip. COR was in the process of developing opportunities for people to go on mission trips in the United States. C4AP is a small but extremely active United Methodist church. Their vision of transforming their community is impressive and the team was learning about their ministries.
When walking through the Senior Pastor’s office John spotted a small post card with the title “Charitable Pharmacy of Central Ohio”. The post card stopped him in his tracks and resulted in a series of questions to the Senior Pastor. Finally, the Senior Pastor asked, “are you interested?”. John replied, “I’m a pharmacist by training and yes I’m interested”. That conversation resulted in a tour of the pharmacy and resulting inspiration for Pharmacy of Grace. That trip also resulted in two mission trips to C4AP where the first team served in the pharmacy sorting free drugs received from a long-term care provider.
The second team participated in a learning tour of the operation. Both mission teams walked away from the experience wondering how they could help bring that mission back to Kansas City.
After much analysis, discussion, and due diligence a decision was made to undertake a similar project in the Kansas City area. The purpose of Pharmacy of Grace is to break the cycle of homelessness, poverty, school absentee days, and unemployment caused by unmanaged medical conditions. Many medical conditions (such as hypertension, diabetes, congestive heart failure, asthma, COPD, Bi-Polar, and migraines) often go unmanaged, which eventually causes people to seek costly medical care and emergency hospitalization.
Pharmacy of Grace will be in Wyandotte County Kansas, the county with the highest percentage of people living in poverty in the greater Kansas City Metro. The location is an area of tremendous social and healthcare need with 30-40% of residents uninsured.
Pharmacy of Grace is not open yet, but received approval of 501(c)3 status in February 2019 and has engaged many community partners and potential funding sources. Pharmacy of Grace’s mission to improve access to prescription drugs for uninsured, underinsured and vulnerable populations in Kansas is being rapidly pursued.