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Will-Grundy Medical Clinic to receive 'Mother Moes' award

8/3/2015, 3:26 p.m.
The honor is bestowed annually by the Joliet Franciscan Sisters to recognize a person or group who exhibits the vision ...
A statue of Mother Alfred Moes stands in front of the University of St. Francis in Joliet.

Mother Alfred Moes

Mother Alfred Moes

The Will-Grundy Medical Clinic provided this news release:

The Joliet Franciscan Sisters announced they will present the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic with the Mother Alfred Moes Award at their 26th Annual Franciscan Autumn Feast fundraiser on Oct. 25.

The Mother Alfred Moes Award honors the spirit that exists in someone who has a vision and determination just as the foundress of the congregation, Mother Alfred, embodied. Like Mother Alfred, honorees are individuals who saw a need and responded to it by using their gifts of time, talent or treasure to transform that vision into service.

The Will-Grundy Medical Clinic, based in Joliet, is receiving this award because of their efforts to meet the needs of the uninsured in Will and Grundy Counties. Although the Affordable Care Act was implemented, there are still tens of thousands of uninsured in the two-county area alone.

The mission of the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic is to provide free health services to people in Will and Grundy Counties who are unable to receive care from other sources, and to provide these services through dedicated volunteers and a paid staff, in alliance with other community agencies and health care providers to promote a healthy community.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Joliet Franciscan Sisters, founded by Mother Alfred Moes in 1865. It was the first Congregation of Franciscan women in Joliet and in the state of Illinois.

The Franciscan Autumn Feast annual dinner raises funds for the mission and ministries of the Joliet Franciscan Sisters. The Mother Alfred Moes award will be presented, along with the Joliet Franciscan Heritage Awards. For reservations or more information, please call 815-725-8735, x116.

The Will-Grundy Medical Clinic is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that provides free medical and dental care to adults who have no health insurance or medical care entitlements and meet prescribed income guidelines. Care is provided by physicians, dentists and other professionals who volunteer their time and expertise to the Clinic. For more information, please visit www.willgrundymedicalclinic.org.