‘Pay it Forward’ stories of success! :)

Another great ‘Pay it forward’ Story of how the love and service of Operation H.O.P.E., Inc for this community is touching real lives one person at a time:)

My appointment at Operation Hope last month changed my life.  I am so thankful for the medical care I received as well as being treated with kindness from the clinic staff.  The one thing that was life changing to me was when the Dr. was explaining the “pay it forward program” and he mentioned that “our lives are valuable”!  This really stuck with me, because for many years I have not taken care of myself… i am very good about helping everyone around me, but for some reason, i just didn’t matter to me!  The comment he made about our lives having value, really spoke to my heart.  I see life and myself a little different now!:)

I did many small “good deeds” as an attempt to “pay it forward” such as letting an elderly woman at Walmart go before me in line.  All the small things I valued at $50 each.  But what I did that had the greatest value was… I had the “your life has value” talk with a women who has done the same thing I did for so many years.  Take care of everyone else but herself!  Watching her make changes in her life has been such a blessing:)  She seems to see life from a different perspective now too!

Thank you. C.D.

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Included in this section are what we call ‘Pay it Forward’ stories of success!  These are the letters that patients have written back to our HOPE medical and dental clinics.

‘We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give’

                                                                              -Sir Winston Churchill-

HOPE medical and dental clinics require patients who have been helped by one of our doctors; to turn around and help someone else 3 times the amount of service that was provided to them.  By helping the uninsured and the low-income population of our community with this ‘pay it forward’ concept,  Operation H.O.P.E., Inc can in fact help not just one person but an entire family, neighborhood, city, state, and ultimately the world!

This ‘pay it forward’ strategy for Helping Other People Everywhere gives those in need a sense of responsibility to go and do good deeds on behalf of others in the community.  Each patient seen by our clinics are asked to simply write us back within 30 days to tell us what good things they did to help someone else.

We don’t want others to view our services as merely welfare or another program to take advantage of because it’s ‘free’.   Unless there is a truly legitimate reason, a patient who does not follow through and do their part of helping others within the 30 days will not be seen by our clinics after their first visit.

When patients take responsibility and begins to make effort by Helping Other People Everywhere around them, both dignity and respect is now being built up in that individual’s life.  The process of healing and hope begin to arise when they begin to think about how they can help someone else and then do something about it.  When I think about how good it feels when I am able to help someone else, it’s very clear to me that others can have the same emotional response just by helping someone else and seeing a smile on the face of the person you just helped.  Most people truly appreciate it when someone goes out-of-the-way to help.

A Great ‘Pay it Forward’ story of how Operation H.O.P.E., Inc. is touching lives through our HOPE medical clinics…

My name is E.K. I’m a believer in faith. I’ve worked for the teamsters for 18 years. However, the last few years been challenging. With my new contract, I lost my medical insurance. I’m 47 years old and I’m suffering from extreme high blood pressure, heart trouble, and gout. This is my third time at the clinic, and I’m paying it forward by helping people with housing. By passing on the word of God in the process. Recently, a friend of mine was blessed with a second job and starting to attend church at Trinity. He’s understanding the word now, and has one of his co-workers attending with him. God bless all of you who are involved with the clinic working with the community. From the bottom of my heart I would just like to say thank you. E.K.

Pay it forward story brought to us as a beautiful poem by Diana 🙂

I WOULD LIKE TO START BY TELLING YOU, THANK YOU IN A SPECIAL WAY, 

BECAUSE WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR ME IS MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY.

I CAN EXPRESS HOW MUCH YOU MEAN TO ME, BY MY ACTIONS DAY BY DAY.

I FELL MY WHOLE LIFE CHANGING, BY JUST A SMILE AWAY!

WITH ALL THE LOVE AND SUPPORT OF ANGELS GOD SENT ME ALONG THE WAY,

i PLAN TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL THIS YEAR IN HOPE’S TO GET AN ‘A’.

IMPROVE MY LIFE AND GIVE BACK TO THE LORD AS HE GUIDES ME ALONG THE WAY,

BRING BACK LOST FAMILY AND FRIENDS THAT I HAVE HURT WHEN I’VE GONE ASTRAY.

STAYING AWAY FROM PEOPLE AND THINGS THAT MAY PROVOKE ME IN BAD WAYS,

TAKING THE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES AND ENJOY THE BEAUTY OF EACH DAY.

REMEMBER TO THANK THE LORD FOR SENDING ANGELS LIKE YOU AS I GET STUCK ALONG THE WAY,

YOU GUYS HAVE GIVEN ME THE HOPE AND INSPIRATION TO LIVE A  HEALTHIER WAY.

I LOVE YOU ALL, THANK YOU!!!

-DIANA-

Maurice wrote:

Attention Operation Hope dental clinic, I had waited for 5 years to get my bad teeth pulled, but I am a Veteran and they couldn’t help me.  Although I had a 3 way by pass and I was told the teeth that were bad should be pulled out, I couldn’t afford then I found you-a life saver.  You asked me to write what I did to help others.  I helped my landlady around the house with two dogs.  I pick up the yard and empty trash daily.  I take out 3 big containers twice weekly.  I clean the pool daily.  I help her carry or move objects too heavy and also carry in groceries after shopping. I loaned a homeless needy person my best heavy coat as the winter came along.  I am a helping hand person and I so appreciate your help Operation Hope dental clinic. 

More ‘Pay it Forward’ stories of success coming soon…..

A GREAT ‘PAY IT FORWARD’ STORY FROM CHRISTINA!

Dear Operation Hope dental clinic,

Hello Operation Hope dental clinic, my name is Christina and I’m one of the many people you’ve so graciously helped last year at the Huntridge Teen Clinic. I believe my visit was some time in November and you gave me this email address to write a letter after I did/do something to pay it forward. Since my visit I’ve done several things to pay it forward and to show my gratitude for what was so freely given to me. Last year was an amazing year and God blessed me with so many opportunities to be a blessing as well be blessed that I’ve made it a point to give back a little something everyday. Wether it be my time, a smile, a random act of kindness, or just be that support or shoulder to cry on I’m there. I definitely have been blessed with a heart to serve my community in any way I can and recently, well in December, I had the opportunity to volunteer at a local community center called The Las Vegas Indian Center for the holidays. Talk about amazing… I had the opportunity to decorate their facility for Christmas and let me tell you it came out beautifully, decorated stockings and hung them with care, organized things, helped wherever they needed me, wrapped gifts for children and worked closely with Santa when it came time to give them out. I’d say I did about 60 hrs. of volunteer work and loved every second of it. I can honestly say that it was one of the biggest projects/opportunities that I ever had been a part of.  I’m so excited to see what more God has in store this year! There are other organizations that I’m looking into volunteering for and at this point I’m just taking it one day at a time with my eyes and heart open looking for that chance. Sometimes they find me and I love it!! Giving back to the community or just giving wherever and whenever possible feels good.. Dr. Ting thank you so much for making me feel comfortable the day you extracted a few dental roots that had been bothering me. On that day it started my journey in getting my dental work done… Unfortunately there’s lots of work to be done and I can’t quite afford it at this time nor have I done anything since then, I’m hopeful that a door will come open and God will provide a way for me to have an amazing and beautiful smile again. Like everything else in this life there’s a process and part of that process was writing this letter… I’m so glad I finally did!! Once again thank you for being so gracious and doing all that you do in our community, I know God honors that and you are truly blessed.

I hope you have an Amazing and Happy New Year!!!!!

Sincerely,
Christina

One thought on “‘Pay it Forward’ stories of success! :)

  1. I really don’t know how to start I guess to start out with is to Thank everyone in the Hope Office Dr.Ting,Nisha,Pastor Johney,Ariana and a special Thanks to Lauwrence how held my Hand while Dr.Ting pulled 2 Teeth and He made it so easy for me I know I should let everyone know the Good I have Done But This Group of People are a God send Once I walk into the Office I felled some much Love and before my Teeth’s got Pulled we said a Prayer and I felled so Loved and Relaxed It was so wonderful That I hope every one will fell that Way
    Ok my Story will start when I moved into my Apartment and got a Windchime i knocked on my Neighbors Door to make sure it would not keep him up and a grumpy Man said that it was alright After buying a Grill I had a Cook out and invited my Neighbors and we had a good Time and over time I got to know Steve Barton my Grumpy Neighbor and we became Friends At that Point in his Life He did not like People and only stayed in His Bedroom and that was his World But very slowly I got Him to enjoy His whole Apartment and we became very good Friend Over Time I found out that He was not well and His eating of all the wrong Foods was very bad for Him I love cooking but not just for 1 Person So i started cooking for Him and myself and it helped him feel better Than I started to by His Food and change his Diet very slowly and he started to feel a lot better Then he started to care about his Apartment and when ever i had a little extra Money I just picked up Things for His Apartment Like Clocks for his Wall’s and slowly we changed his Apartment and Him It has been over 2 Years ago and that grumpy old Man stared to care about other People and about Him self Now we are starting for him to go out for small Walk’s 5 to 10 Minutes and we will add more minutes as we go along Because know He has told me that he has Cancer in His Brain and gets Chemo shots That makes him very weak so we are eating even better now The last time he went to the Doctor he told him that the Cancer did not gotten any bigger and that is Good New’s By now Steve and I are the best Friends He watches out for me and I take care of Him And I will do what ever I have to do to make sure He is going to be around for a long Time When he is down i do my best to put a smile on his Face I am not sure this is the type of story you are looking for but i do my Best to make sure my Friend eat’s well and Takes Care of Himself even do he thinks I am a Mother Hen I will not stop and I Pray for Him every Day and ask God to Keep Him well and stay around for a Long Time Because he is needed but He needs to hear that every Day and I am just the Person that will give him a Kick when ever He needs it and with this I will stop and I will keep you updated on how Steve is doing
    And again I would like to say Thank you to every one The Work you do I believe You are Heaven send
    Monika Obrien

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