February 2018 Wellness Update


Those who Zumba together, party together! 

We love seeing the connections and relationships that form between patients participating in our Wellness Program, including weekly Zumba classes taught by amazing volunteer Paula Grabill.

The Zumba class gathered for a Valentine's Day potluck meal. We're inspired to see the cross-cultural connections these men and women have made, forming a supportive community focused on health!

Cooking Matters @ Alliance

The winter session of Cooking Matters @ Alliance concluded with a meal challenge a la Chopped! 

The class divided into two teams, each given their choice of vegetables and a few staples and challenged to see which group could make the best dish. They jumped in without much discussion and prepared delicious meals!

Congratulations to team Juan, Hector, Maria, and Genoveva, preparing a delicious curry vegetable dish!


Vegetables with Curry Spiced Chickpeas

Serves: ~4  Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 25 min.


  • 2 cans (15 oz.) no salt added garbanzo beans
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 2 sweet peppers (1 green, 1 red)
  • 1 container (8 oz.) of mushrooms
  • 1 medium onions
    • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp thyme


  1. Dice all veggies and keep separate
  2. Add olive oil, peppers and onions to a large pan and heat over medium heat 5-10 minutes, until tender. Add salt and pepper.
  3. Add garbanzo beans and diced tomato to a small sauce pan over medium heat; cook 1-2 minutes until tomatoes soften. Add remaining spiced and minced garlic. Cook another 5 minutes
  4. Add diced mushrooms to the peppers and onions and cook another 5 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

February 2018 Garden Update

Punxsutawney Phil may have seen his shadow (six more weeks of winter!), but it's been feeling more and more like spring in the Alliance Community Garden: vibrant cherry blossoms, emerging lettuce seedlings and proud cabbage and collard transplants.

Major spring garden plans are underway, including a hoop house and a new walking path.  Check back with us in March for updates and final reports.


Save the Date:  2018 Spring Garden Launch

Saturday, February 28th

9:30 am - 12 pm

Celebrate the garden and healthy lifestyles with us:

  • Plant and seed vegetables for summer
  • Care for our spring vegetables
  • Take part in garden planning and garden art projects
  • Connect with other communities participating in our garden programs
  • Pop-up Zumba and Yoga Classes
  • One mile "Walk With a Doc"
  • Food Truck @ 11 am

RSVP or inquire to Jesse Crouch, Garden Coordinator:  garden@alliancemedicalministry.org.


Join us for a Garden Workday -- individuals or groups welcomed.  Learn about organic gardening, composting, and the importance of honeybees.  No previous experience required.  Jesse Crouch, Garden Coordinator will provide instructions, tools, and oversight!

Sign up now!  Email Jesse Crouch: garden@alliancemedicalministry.org.

January 2018 Garden Update

It's been an exceptionally cold and snowy year so far, but the winter has offered stunning beauty and spring is already peeking through.

Our bees are collecting pollen for their new babies as we prepare the beds for lettuce, cabbages, and radishes .

The beautiful spinach planted in October by members of Edenton Street United Methodist Church Missional Community has flourished, despite the snow and 8 degree nights!  We're now harvesting these leafy greens and providing them to patients.

Planting begins this week, but the garden will be bursting before we know it. We’re so excited for this season!


Save the Date:  Spring Garden Launch

Saturday, April 28 |  9:30 AM - 12:00 PM | Alliance Community Garden | 101 Donald Ross Drive

RSVP or inquire to Jesse Crouch, Garden Coordinator:  garden@alliancemedicalministry.org.


Regular Garden Workdays: April - October 2018

Second Saturdays, 9:30 am - 12:00 pm |  Fourth Wednesdays, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Help us provide fresh produce to patients!  Join us for a Garden Workday -- individuals or groups welcomed.  Learn about organic gardening, composting, and the importance of honeybees.  No previous experience required; Garden Coordinator will provide instructions and oversight!

RSVP preferred to Jesse Crouch:  garden@alliancemedicalministry.org.

January 2018 Wellness Update

We're excited for big year for Wellness in 2018.

We’re expanding almost all of our programs and bringing back the Million Step Challenge!

Offerings will include quarterly  Cooking Matters @ Alliance courses, two Seed to Supper courses, a new daytime mat yoga class, evening Zumba class, and our Spring Healthy Harvest CSA.

Already underway with our first Cooking Matters @ Alliance course, we’re blessed yet again with an amazing group of individuals.

So far this course we’ve prepared "Burrito Boats”, ditching the tortilla for a finely baked zucchini. 

This year we will focus our curriculum on offering low-carbohydrate/smaller portion options. Hoping this will give our patients more tools to manage and prevent diabetes.

Zucchini Boats

Yield: 8 “BOATS”  Prep time: 25 min   Cook time: 30 min   Total time: 55 min


  • 4 large zucchini
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup cooked brown rice
  • 1 bell pepper, cored and diced
  • 1/2 red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup corn kernels
  • 1 jalapeno (or poblano pepper), cored and diced
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 packet of McCormick Taco seasoning
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar/monterrey jack cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Start by greasing a 9 x 13” casserole dish then set aside. Slice each zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a metal teaspoon, hollow out the center of each zucchini. Lightly brush the tops with one teaspoon of olive oil then place them skin side down in the casserole dish.
  2. Warm the tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Add the onion and the peppers and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Then add the rice, corn, and beans along with the salt and taco seasoning. Stir everything together and continue to cook for about 5 minutes then remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.
  5. Spoon the filling inside of each zucchini until they are all full. Sprinkle each one with cheese, arrange them in the dish and cover with foil. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes.
  6. Allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes then serve and enjoy! Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Volunteer Spotlight: Edenton Street United Methodist Church Missional Community

A fantastic group of young families from an Edenton Street UMC Missional Community adopted Alliance Medical Ministry in 2017. Here's a highlight of their service:

  • Garden Launch labor prepping our garden for spring planting
  • Providing breakfast for staff
  • Manning the Wine Wall at the Farm to Table Dinner
  • Building boxes for Share the Pie
  • Donating glucometers and strips for diabetic patients

They adopted an Alliance family for Christmas, gifting everything from scrubs, toys, clothes, and even a PS4!

From Missional Community leader Becca Edwards: "We have been so blessed by this experience! God is so good. We can't wait for the family to receive these items given with such love."

Welcome New Funder:  The Leon Levine Foundation


The Leon Levine Foundation joined Alliance Medical Ministry as a foundation partner this month, making a $30,000 gift to the clinic, supporting healthcare services for the uninsured.

The Levine Foundation, started by Leon Levine from Charlotte, North Carolina, strives to improve the human condition by creating permanent, measurable, life-changing impact. 

“The Leon Levine Foundation is very pleased to partner with Alliance Medical Ministry, an organization so closely aligned with the vision of our founder, in supporting access to quality healthcare for low-income working, uninsured adults,” says Tom Lawrence, Executive Director.

Thank you to the Levine Foundation for investing in our mission and programming!

NCAFCC Accreditation News

Alliance Medical Ministry was recognized this month for receiving accreditation through the North Carolina Association of Free and Charitable Clinics.


The NCAFCC’s accreditation program offers organizations the opportunity to strengthen their programs and services by demonstrating their compliance to standards shared by similar organizations. Obtaining NCAFCC Accreditation status illustrates the organization's values and commitment to performance.  

Randy Jordan, CEO of NCAFCC said, “We are extremely proud of the commitment to delivering quality health care to the uninsured of Wake County represented by Alliance Medical Ministry achieving the goal of NCAFCC accreditation.  Congratulations to Executive Director Megg Rader and her talented team!”