WEST BRANCH – Ogemaw Hills Free Clinic recently accepted a $30,000 grant from the North Central Michigan Community Foundation (NCMCF) to support its health programs and services. The grant is from the Jim and Loretta Howard Fund of the NCMCF.
The Ogemaw Hills Free Clinic provides access to the health care needs of adults in Ogemaw and surrounding counties who do not have health insurance or whose income is below the federal poverty level. Services provided include lab work, x-rays, prescriptions, home medical supplies, diabetes testing kits, emergency food parcels, and more.
“This grant is a great example of the impact that can be made for an organization and the communities it serves when a caring person wants to give back. This is a true testament to the power of the endowment,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Patrick Heraghty. “Since Howards established this fund, it has provided over $80,000 to support hospice palliative care – the cause closest to their hearts. Today, this significant grant will help even more area residents gain access to health-related needs they may not otherwise have been able to obtain.
“This grant will allow us to better serve our current patients and provide needed health care to more underserved people in our community. The biggest impact will be healthier people – and that’s good for our community and beyond,” says Laura Schorn of the Ogemaw Hills Free Clinic. “It will help relieve people of the financial stress of getting health care and losing workdays, especially due to chronic illnesses and poor health outcomes from lack of medical care. With that will come peace of mind knowing that they don’t have to battle their health issues alone.
The Jim and Loretta Howard Fund is an area of interest fund established by Ogemaw County residents Jim and Loretta Howard in 2005 and was further supported through a planned gift from the Howards’ estate which was received in 2015 .