Starting at the beginning of 2012, Lifeworks Brooklyn Park has found a way to give back to the global community by participating in a very special program through Global Health Ministries (GHM). Global Health Ministries, founded in 1987 by returning Lutheran medical missionaries, carries out its mission through the gathering and shipping of requested medical supplies and equipment to Lutheran partners in over thirty countries. Since then, GHM has developed a nation-wide network of supporters for Lutheran mission hospitals and health care programs in over thirty countries.
Every Wednesday Lifeworks clients who wish to participate take a trip to Fridley arriving at 9:30 a.m. excited to volunteer, have lunch on location, and work until 1:00 p.m. One task they perform is quality checks on baby kits. These kits are given to pregnant women in Africa who check into clinics to birth their child. The kits contain a blanket, an outfit and a hat, and are highly sought after. GHM says that women will travel great distances to go to these clinics especially for the baby kits.
Another project Lifeworks clients participate in is the assembling of hospice kits for AIDS patients. Once a month, they sort through donations received by mail and enter information into the database. GHM uses the information entered by clients to order supplies for their clinics. Angi Reisdorf, program supervisor at Lifeworks Brooklyn Park says that clients enjoy the idea of giving back and helping others. Lifeworks Brooklyn Park plans to keep volunteering every week for as long as GHM needs help.