Samaritan Homeless Clinic
Brenda lost everything due to a back injury. Addicted to drugs and alcohol, she was making poor choices and living on the streets. After an encounter with Samaritan Homeless Clinic, she realized there were individuals in the community who cared enough to reach out and help.
“Now I'm on my way to victory,” she says. “All I needed was a chance and help finding my way back from feeling like a failure. I thank you and others who extended their hand of help in counseling, direction, and finances to help me.
“There are some of us who do get off the streets and become something. I just needed the chance and resources I didn't have. So thank you from the bottom of my heart. I will be sending a graduation invitation next year when I’m finished with college.”
|In a week without the Samaritan Homeless Clinic, total uncompensated care costs incurred by hospitals would be $46,716. That's nearly $2.5 million annually!
Good Samaritan Hospital’s clinic for the homeless has been bringing help and hope to people like Brenda for 17 years.
The Clinic is the only medical facility in Dayton to reach out to help the Brendas of our community who need medical, dental, mental health, or substance abuse recovery care. The Clinic turns no patient away due to an inability to pay.
On average, the Clinic serves 2000 patients each year. The majority of clients seen at the Clinic experience only temporary homelessness (defined as one year or less). With proper treatment, an estimated 85% will return to mainstream society.
Annually, costs to provide care average $750 per patient. The Clinic is able to collect only 2.8% of this amount. Gifts to Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation - Dayton help cover the difference.
The Clinic operates as a department of GSH with the sole objective of helping patients move beyond crisis mode to sustain themselves.
Current annual operational costs at the Clinic are about $1.5 million. Federal funding meets $800K of this. The Hospital underwrites indirect costs like human resources, legal fees, insurance and IT. The balance comes from private grants and individual donors who make their gifts through the Foundation.
Can you even imagine what a homeless person must think about all day? How will my life and health ever get better? How can I protect myself? Where will I get my next meal?
Help us help the homeless.
Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation-Dayton
2222 Philadelphia Drive
2200 Bldg. Suite 500
Dayton, OH 45406
(937) 734-GIVE (4483)
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