Samaritan Homeless Clinic Plans a New Home
May 2010 – With architectural drawings in hand for development of 8000 sq. ft. in the St. Vincent DePaul Thrift Store, Premier Health filed a federal funding request last winter on behalf of The Samaritan Homeless Clinic. In July 2009, the Clinic received news that it would be the recipient of $321,000 Federal Stimulus Funds for renovations and relocation to the space at 921 S. Edwin Moses Boulevard – a space near the Job Center and other services utilized by Homeless Clinic patients.
Since federal funding requires completion of the building project by June 2011, Premier Health has taken a close look at the Clinic’s capital funding request and has approved an additional $486,000 to help complete the project in timely fashion. Contractor bid requests are scheduled to go out in May, with occupancy targeted for year-end 2010.
Deteriorating conditions at the Clinic’s current home on Catherine Street precipitated the need to relocate – a plan that has been nearly five years in the making. Frequent basement flooding and looming demolition plans now cast a sense of urgency to this relocation that has long been the subject of concern with the Homeless Solutions Board and countless other city and county entities. All parties have given blessing to the plan; all that now remains is a gap in capital funding of $140,000 in order to finish the build-out.
Samaritan Health Foundation is working with its donors to secure the remaining funds for the Clinic’s new home at 921 S. Edwin Moses Boulevard. Donors will have the opportunity to sponsor a room with a Signature Gift. Room sponsorships will be acknowledged on plaques at the Clinic as well as in Good Samaritan Hospital. Samaritan Health Foundation Director of Philanthropy, Martha Burgess Slager, reports that, to date, 12 rooms have been reserved by gift pledges, and 17 opportunities remain for naming.
The new facility will be equipped with six medical exam rooms, four dental exam stations, four consult rooms for mental health and social services, and a classroom to aid in preparing patients for return to a mainstream lifestyle. New resident programs will meet the need for increased staff, a service enhancement made possible in part by the new clinic’s increased space.
The Samaritan Homeless Clinic operates as a department of Good Samaritan Hospital and is Dayton’s only medical facility to exclusively treat homeless persons. Operational costs are over $1.5 million annually, with nearly half of those costs being met by private donors. Every patient is served, regardless of ability to pay.
To sponsor a room at the Samaritan Homeless Clinic or learn more about how you can help Dayton’s most vulnerable, contact Martha Burgess Slager: 937-278-5770, email email@example.com.