Joyful Outpourings Accompany New Life for Homeless Clinic
May 2011 - Serving clients since February, the new Samaritan Homeless Clinic was dedicated during an Open House on May 2, 2011.
Those present for the dedication that rainy afternoon represented all areas of the community including Commissioner Judy Dodge, Senator Peggy Lehner, representatives from Homeless Solutions Policy Board, donors and clients. Self-tours were encouraged and many supporters had baked, providing punch and cookies for all.
The event progressed as everyone gathered under a tent for a dedication, speeches given by hospital administrators, community health advocates and a former patient. The tent rocked in celebration led by Target Ministries Choir members, who visibly expressed the joy and hope that one can feel despite being homeless. “This was a very moving event. The rain couldn’t dampen our spirits,” said Martha Slager, Samaritan Health Foundation Director of Philanthropy who was present.
Now located at 921 S. Edwin C. Moses Boulevard within the St. Vincent DePaul Family Center, the new facility is better equipped to serve its clients. Four new medical exam rooms supplement the previous two, offering improved medical workflow for a greater volume of patients and increase in care providers. A larger dental lab (four treatment rooms instead of three) and chair-side dental x-rays create an efficient work area and a sense of privacy.
The site is adjacent to the Montgomery County Job Center, a place known and frequented by the Clinic’s patients. Clients will have easy accessibility via a busy bus line connecting the clinic to two primary shelters – the family shelter in St. Vincent DePaul Hotel on Apple Street and the men’s shelter on Gettysburg Avenue.
Serving over 2,000 patients annually, Samaritan Homeless Clinic not only brings compassionate, comprehensive care to homeless persons, but by helping patients learn how to help themselves, the Clinic benefits the entire community.