Medical care for the most vulnerable

Thanks to Miller Insurance Group reaching their goal of 500 votes + shares, Fourth Street Clinic won a $10,000 donation from Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance to further their mission of providing medical care to vulnerable populations. Congrats to the team and thank you for supporting them!

 

 

The already abundant challenges with the healthcare sector are only amplified for those who experience homelessness. In Salt Lake City, Fourth Street Clinic exists to be there for this vulnerable population when all else fails.

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Independent agent Alex Meade (center) volunteers with Fourth Street Clinic in many different ways, including helping on their mobile bus to reach people experiencing homeless in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Since their founding in 1988 as Wasatch Homeless Healthcare, Inc., the organization has served over 5,000 people in the region annually. This care encapsulates everything from providing medications to offering mental health and substance abuse counseling. The heavy weight of this work requires community support, and over the last five years, Miller Insurance Agency has poured its heart into helping support that weight.

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In addition to medical care, the nonprofit (and Meade) also provide hygiene supplies and clothing for their unhoused neighbors in SLC.

Passion to help takes many forms

Members of the Miller Insurance Group staff each contribute in their own ways, whether it’s through launching hygiene kit drives or taking the load off clinicians with snacks and meals.

Alex Meade, the agency’s Principal Broker, serves as the Chairman of the Advancement Committee on Fourth Street Clinic’s board. His fundraising efforts have included out-of-the-box ideas like hosting town halls for the community and starting a film festival focused on the subject of homelessness.

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Ken, a Fourth Street patient, receives his COVID-19 vaccine from a medical provider on the clinic’s Mobile and Street Outreach team. He worked with Fourth Street Clinic to find counseling services to get him into permanent housing.

The beautiful moments that arise from struggle

The seemingly basic health services that the clinic provides can mean the world for their patients. “Any one of these visits can bring on the change that allows someone experiencing homelessness to get back on their feet,” said Meade.

Earlier this year, Miller Insurance Group staff stepped into the clinic’s front-line pandemic fight to volunteer. They got a firsthand view of the joy that receiving the vaccine brought many of the patients. “One patient told me the clinic got him connected with resources to address his alcohol addiction,” said Meade. “He was excited to get the vaccine because it meant he could remain healthy and have the energy to focus on his recovery.”

“Any one of these visits can bring on the change that allows someone experiencing homelessness to get back on their feet.”

-Alex Meade, Principal Broker, Miller Insurance Group

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Alex Meade sitting with Leonard, a patient who had just received his COVID-19 vaccine. Leonard has been homeless for the better part of 40 years but has avoided shelters in fear of the virus. He was overjoyed to receive his vaccination.

An uncertain future requires creative ideas

“In 2020 we saw a 34% increase in expenses directly tied to our COVID-19 response,” said Laurel Ingham, Development Director of the Fourth Street Clinic. “The clinic has worked to be as creative as possible to respond to the list of uncertainties that have continuously cropped up.”

One solution was to hit the road in their medical bus, visiting different resource centers to do COVID-19 testing and ensure individuals in congregant living were safe. To get around ventilation issues, they even improvised by turning their parking lot into a COVID-19 treatment camp, complete with military medical tents.

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COVID-19 spread quickly when it first impacted the homeless populations in Utah. Fourth Street Clinic quickly adapted their strategies to safely care for patients.

“From the onset of the pandemic, the clinic has worked to be as creative as possible to respond to the list of uncertainties that have continuously cropped up.”

-Laurel Ingham, Development Director, Fourth Street Clinic

The Fourth Street Clinic plays a challenging but essential role in the Salt Lake City community. $10,000 would allow the clinic to fully immunize 40 children, purchase much-needed PPE or fill over 650 prescriptions. That means your vote has the power to change a life.

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Lisa Rhodes
10 months ago

Wonderful job

Daniel V
1 year ago

Amazing!

Celeste Rich
1 year ago

Fourth Street is a place full of people who genuinely care for the others the way we all ought to!

Chris G.
1 year ago

Thank you All Pro Insurance for helping your community and this league!

Michael
1 year ago

Great support for the community

adam
1 year ago

Excellent work!!!

George Durham
1 year ago

I have been involved with 4th Street first as a volunteer pediatrician in the mid-1990’s and since 2013 a member of the Board of Directors. FSC is a remarkable place with remarkable employees,volunteers and patients!

M. McConaughy
1 year ago

Great organization and fills a great need in the community. Know of a few personal stories of folks.

Tawna Campbell
1 year ago

Amazing humans serving humans ❤️

Gretchen Wilson Ask
1 year ago

This is a wonderful clinic that deserves the support to treat our underserved community! Thank you for considering them for this gift!

Grace
1 year ago

This is really amazing to hear of an organization that is doing the work and making a difference! And for so many years!

Curtis Mason
1 year ago

4th Street is the Best ! Let’s get everyone to help them out.

Marie Van Roosendaal
1 year ago

Fourth Street is an amazing resource for our community! Thank you so much, SafeCo!!

Jenny Clawson-peel
1 year ago

This is a great organization!

Coral
1 year ago

Thank you Fourth Street Clinic for impacting the community in such a positive way!

Donna
1 year ago

Grateful for the work done at the Fourth Street Clinic

Rebecca Haynes
1 year ago

Many of the people I worked with who had mental illness used the Fourth Street Clinic, an invaluable resource.

Chris Faerber
1 year ago

Thank you Fourth street for all you do!!

Tiffany Faerber
1 year ago

Fourth Street Clinic is sooo important to helping our community. Thanks for all you do!!

Cindy Borland
1 year ago

You are my favorite charity. Keep up the good work

Melissa Mason
1 year ago

Thank you for helping us do our work!

Laurie
1 year ago

Fourth Street Clinic serves the most vulnerable among us.

Leslie Meyer
1 year ago

Amazing people doing wonderful and needed work for the most in need.

Lindsey Dean
1 year ago

Fantastic cause!

Isabelle
1 year ago

Awesome!

Becca
1 year ago

It’s nice seeing people helping people ! Keep up the great work !

George
1 year ago

Fourth Street Clinic is the bees knees

Andrea
1 year ago

Good and necessary work!

Sophie
1 year ago

Love everything this clinic is doing!!

Alex Quinn
1 year ago

4th Street is AMAZING!!

Elinor T. Fine
1 year ago

What a wonderful service the Fourth StreetClinic provides. All communities should have one like this.

carl
1 year ago

Great project to support.

Mary
1 year ago

Wonderful work from this clinic and a much needed part of our community! Thank you!

Aishia Lockridge
1 year ago

Fourth Street Clinic is essential to the SLC community! Thank you for the important work you do!

Thank you for all the wonderful work you are doing
1 year ago

You are doing wonderful work. Thank you

Thank you for all the wonderful work you are doing
1 year ago

Thank you for all the wonderful work you are doing

Renaye
1 year ago

What a gift to the community and help to people in need! Thank you to many!

Bruce and Rene Bowen
1 year ago

These health care workers make a real difference in the lives of those truly in need.

Nancy Fisch
1 year ago

Good Work!

scott goldberg
1 year ago

4th St is the best!!! So important to the community!

Jess
1 year ago

Thank you 4th street clinic!

Tim Woolworth
1 year ago

Thank you 4th street for all you do!

Breanna Wodnik
1 year ago

This is incredibly important work – thank you for all you do for the SLC community and beyond, Fourth Street Clinic!!

Heather Ambrose
1 year ago

The 4th Street Clinic does amazing work! Their services are so essential to the homeless population! They deserve a helping hand!

A W
1 year ago

Amazing work done here!

Stephanie Woolworth
1 year ago

Fourth Street is one of the most important resources on the Wasatch Front. They are the face of kindness, compassion, and hope.

Maria Moore
1 year ago

Proud of the work done here. An incredible asset to the community. Thank you!

Suka & Nanook
1 year ago

We love everyone who provides these amazing services. Well done!!

Kathleen Maple
1 year ago

Amazing work! Grateful fur all you do!

Marla
1 year ago

I am so proud to work with the people at Fourth Street. They provide amazing care for our patients

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