Grace Clinic Celebrates 20th Anniversary
With the rebuilding of a volunteer pool after the pandemic, this local clinic is still growing strong and finding new ways to progress and improve its support of the community. After two decades of great work, Grace Clinic in Kennewick is celebrating its 20th anniversary since opening in 2002.
Grace Clinic is the only organization in the Tri-Cities that provides free care for patients who are low-income and uninsured in Benton and Franklin counties, which is equal to about 32,000 people in our community. What started in the basement of First United Methodist Church in Pasco has grown over the last 20 years into a place that focuses on its patients and their immediate needs through volunteer work, while achieving its mission. Its mission is to “Share Christ's love by providing free healthcare services to those in need," though its treatment is nondenominational.
For the 20th anniversary of Grace Clinic, many local businesses and other organizations have shown their support and help, whether it be donations of money or time. Both Bechtel and Amentum have made financial donations to Grace Clinic this year.
Clinic Director Avonte Jackson said, “We are very fortunate to have the support of companies like Bechtel and Amentum to help us support people that all of us interact with on a daily basis. The investments they make in Grace Clinic go right back into our community every single day."
Grace Clinic has provided almost 100,000 patient visits in its 20 years. Services range from medical and dental, as well as mental health counseling, all free of charge to its patients. Anyone in our community who is uninsured and low income can be seen by Grace Clinic and get the help that they need so that they can get back to work and care for their families.
At Grace Clinic, the most used service is medical help. Medical services are offered every day from Tuesday through Saturday.
Grace Clinic hopes to expand its dental services soon to see more patients. Jackson added, “Oral care is important to the overall health of the body. Poor dental habits can impact a person's overall health, possibly creating other medical problems down the road." With plans to grow its dental services, the clinic is looking for more financial support to reduce the long waiting list of patients in need of this vital care.
Vit Plant Communications Manager Staci West said, “We can build our community to become stronger by helping those around us when we support organizations like Grace Clinic."
Grace Clinic always has opportunities available for people in the community to help support it and its patients. Whether through the volunteer program, monetary support, or donating food and supplies to the food cupboard, there are many ways to support the clinic and in turn help our community. The public is invited to the clinic's Amazing Grace gala on September 30 at the Red Lion in Pasco.
For more information and ways to donate please follow this link.
Contact: Staci West, (509) 371-5740 or email@example.com
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