A Special New Partnership Announced by The Raise Foundation
Parents struggling to provide their children nutritious food choices have been grateful for the monthly food distribution program which began last year at Manzanita Park thanks to a special collaboration between The Raise Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim, and Second Harvest Food Bank.
Another issue for these families was not having accessible medical care. Yet thanks to the newest collaborative partner – Hurtt Family Health Clinic (HFHC) – families also have the opportunity to be seen by a doctor and medical assistant during the food distribution on the clinic’s medical mobile unit.
“During our first time at the food distribution, we exceeded the anticipated amount of people seen making it one of the most successful new collaborations in Anaheim,” exclaimed Chelci Schroeder, HFHC Outreach and Engagement Manager. “Our presence here was only the start of our special work with The Raise Foundation, making it possible for us to provide adults and their children medical care they otherwise would not have access to given such limitations as lack of transportation, affordability, and/or insurance, among other challenges.”
HFHC mobile unit’s goal since it began in 2000 is to connect people to ongoing medical care at one of their three fixed site locations. They provide mobile clinic services housed in a large RV unit that has been transformed to serve as a medical doctor’s office. Inside, there are three on-board exam rooms along with a doctor, a medical assistant, and on occasion a patient services specialist to help families with health insurance. This mobile unit enables families to receive immunizations, physicals, sick visits, and more. HFHC’s fixed-site locations offer additional medical services, dental, mental health, optometry, chiropractic, tattoo removal, and health care for the whole family.
In addition to collaborating in Anaheim with The Raise Foundation, the HFHC’s mobile unit visits other underserved populations such as the homeless living in areas surrounding the Santa Ana riverbeds and city civic centers. To reach as many people as possible, HFHC has partnered with local school districts, Orange County Rescue Mission, Salvation Army, Mercy House, and others.
“We are honored to partner with organizations that are trusted by the community and who are committed to strengthening families,” says Schroeder. “The unprecedented number of individuals we were able to meet and help during the food distribution event shows that The Raise Foundation and The Boys & Girls Club of Anaheim have great grassroots connections, can get the word out effectively in the community, and understand the needs of struggling families,” she adds.
According to The Raise Foundation’s Executive Director Eldon Baber, a significant aspect of this partnership is the ability for the Hurtt Family Health Clinic to provide pediatric care on site for children.
HFHC is proud to announce it will have its mobile unit at the monthly food distributions at Manzanita Park and will not turn away any family due to inability to pay. They have also recently opened their third facility located in Anaheim and are now accepting appointments for both medical and mental health services at this brand new office.
For more information about Hurtt Family Health Clinic, or to make an appointment, visit: www.hurttclinic.org or call
To sign up to volunteer at food distributions, go to: http://theraisefoundation.org/mobile-food-pantry/