Jamaica Outreach Program

The Jamaica Outreach Program (JOP) was established in the mid 1990's largely through the efforts of several parishioners at the St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Naples, Florida. These individuals had a desire to help the less fortunate in an underdeveloped country.

Serendipitously, while on vacation in Jamaica, a parishioner stumbled upon St. Pius X Catholic Church, a poor, struggling parish in the heart of a Kingston ghetto.

After much communication between the two organizations, a "sister" parish agreement was established. Support from St. Johns began with the establishment of a primary care and ophthalmic clinic, giving financial support, and sending food supplies.

Dr. Zimm became involved and traveled to Jamaica for the first time in 2004. During that visit, he examined and performed cataract surgery on the indigent as well as assessed the status of the eye clinic. The facility was in great need of equipment and the parishioners of St. John’s responded with donations to bring the eye clinic to a state-of-the-art facility. In addition, a full service optical shop was built to supply glasses to the poor.

Several years ago, another large donation was made to the JOP which was used to build a dental clinic adjacent the existing complex.

Due to the generosity of the people of St. John’s Catholic Church and others who have donated their time and effort, the JOP has developed into a consistent medical and financial resource for St. Pius. Without St. John’s help, the Jamaican parish would have undoubtedly closed. Primary care doctors and a dental team visits the clinic numerous times a year.

Dr. Zimm is the director of the eye clinic, supervising all aspects of the operation. Eye care missions occur four times a year with each trip headed by an ophthalmologist or optometrist, plus an optician and several technicians. The eye care team examines patients for glaucoma, cataracts, macular degeneration and other eye diseases, as well as providing routine eye exams and dispensing eyeglasses. While Cataract surgery is currently performed in Kingston, more complex surgical cases such as corneal transplants, glaucoma implants, lasers for diabetic retinopathy, etc. are brought to Naples.

Interested in becoming involved?  You don't have to have formal training to help, just the desire to aid those in need. If you are interested in participating please contact Alison, the JOP Eye Care Coordinator at (239)-592-5511. We are always looking for individuals who want to "give back" and serve others. We guarantee it will a very gratifying experience, one that you will never forget and we know that your first visit will not be your last.

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See What Our Patients Are Saying

“As an avid fisherman, golfer and building contractor I rely on my eyes a lot. Dr. Zimm helped correct my long distance vision to the point that I no longer have to strain my eyes to see the fish or watch the golf ball. They also fitted me for the right glasses to wear driving vs. out on the boat and golf course. Major improvement in quality of living!!!”


“I went for my eye exam at All Saint's and could not have been more pleased. Pia was friendly,professional, and patient with me. I did not feel rushed like I did at my last eye dr. Dr. Donaghy wasequally relaxed and through. Highly recommend!”

Catie Hart

“Just had LASIK here. The first appointment took a while, but that's because they did a lot of testing. Theyhad me scheduled the next week and they did the surgery within about 1 hour. Dr. Zimm was very nice,chill, and laid-back, which put me at eas. I couldn't get one of my eyes to cooperate, but he stuck with itand helped coach me through not moving it during the surgery.” 


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