At Health Care Center for the Homeless, Inc. (HCCH), we provide quality health care services for our homeless and housed but uninsured community members in an atmosphere of dignity and respect. Through our main Orange Blossom Family Health location and five satellite sites, we are caring for our under-served residents in Orange, Osceola and Seminole Counties with income at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level.
HCCH offers program areas that include primary and preventive medical care, oral health services, mental health counseling, pharmacy services, mobile medical and dental services, outreach and permanent supportive housing. We are able to provide these services efficiently and cost-effectively.
$50 can provide a month’s bus pass for a newly housed client within our permanent supportive housing program. This would allow them access to transportation for medical appointments, employment training, and job interviews as well as additional opportunities.
$50 can provide a mental health counseling session for an uninsured patient. Our behavioral health staff is able to help their patients make better life choices and assist them in dealing with day to day pressures.
$65 can provide a screening mammogram for an uninsured woman, giving her peace of mind and access to additional care as needed.
$75 can provide a dental sealant visit for a first or second grade student through our mobile dental unit. The oral health education and care provided for children help build a foundation of proper oral hygiene habits that they will carry with them throughout their lives.
$200 can provide a full or partial denture arch for a homeless patient, giving them the gift of a beautiful smile. In Florida’s service driven economy, this can make the difference in a patient’s ability to secure regular employment as well as improve their self-esteem, nutrition and speech patterns.
$500 can cover the average cost of care for one patient for a full year. That is an amazing figure for 12 months of health care services.
The list can go on and on if we were to look at all our program areas and all the patients we serve each year. But I think you get the idea.
HCCH is fortunate to receive federal, state and local funding. But this funding does not cover all the work that we do. We depend on the generosity of our community to help provide care for our uninsured neighbors. In 2015, we cared for almost 16,000 unduplicated patients. Over 71% were uninsured and over 70% were living at or below 100% of the Federal Poverty Level. This equated to earning less than $12,000 in pre-tax income. Can you imagine trying to meet your daily needs with so little income? Can you imagine how far down on your list of priorities health care would be when finding food and shelter would be a challenge every day?
On this Giving Tuesday, every dollar you donate will help us care for the thousands of patients we serve every year. Every dollar makes an impact. The collective impact of our donors generosity changes lives. We hope you will choose to support the efforts of Health Care Center for the Homeless as we continue our mission “to provide quality health care services that improve the lives of the homeless and medically indigent people of our community.”
We truly cannot do this alone. We need your support.