Patchwork’s Sozo* Health Ministry began in January, 2015 (*Sozo is a New Testament Greek word meaning both “to heal” and “to save”). The ministry’s motto is, “Yes, we’ll take a look at that.” Nurse John is in residence every Monday morning and at other times by appointment.

The Health Ministry meets with clients, educates people about their conditions and medications, provides basic first aid and nursing care, advocates for clients to get the resources they need for their health (including referrals for shelter, transportation, and prescription medication assistance), and provides pastoral care for spiritual health.

Sozo Health Ministry is not a clinic and will not be diagnosing ailments or prescribing or dispensing medication. It will provide advocacy, education, screenings, and pastoral care for those it serves. Its services will adapt to the needs that Nurse John encounters as he meets with his clients.

We hope that as the Sozo Health Ministry continues, it will promote health and healing in Patchwork’s neighborhood and beyond. And if you want someone to “take a look at that,” just come to Patchwork on a Monday morning.


Sozo Health Minsitry named 2016 Leadership Evansville Award in the Health & Social Services Project Category

John Rich named the 2016 Deaconess Hospital Nurse of the Year, Community Service Category

John Rich named a 2016 Courier & Press Health Care Hero for his work with the Sozo Health Ministry

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