Did You Know?
Homeless persons, most notably, infants and children without housing, are in fair or poor health twice as often as other children and have four times the rate of asthma, higher rates of anxiety and depression, and lower rates of childhood immunizations. Mothers who are homeless have more acute and chronic health problems than the general population of females under 45 years of age have chronic asthma, depression and anxiety related disorders more than four times the general population rate, and anemia at ten times the general population rate.
How We Help
The medical clinic at Martha’s Village & Kitchen has been serving the uninsured homeless in the Coachella Valley since March 2002. Our clinic operations are supported entirely by donations and grants, so that we can provide all services for free to all eligible patients. The clinic at Martha's Village is a registered Licensed Community Clinic.
The clinic is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM until 5:00 PM
During the Last Six Months, Our Medical Clinic...
- Accommodated 643 triage visits for individuals that otherwise may have ended up in local emergency rooms. Only 5 people were referred to an emergency room during that period for medical care that exceeded the scope of our clinic’s capabilities.
- Dispensed 3,780 prescriptions for 568 patients, with the majority of medications for management of diabetes, asthma, anxiety, depression and hypertension.
- Administered 233 tuberculosis screenings and 82 flu shots.
- Saw 498 individuals in three vision screening clinics.
- Dispensed 461 pairs of prescription glasses.
What You Can Do
Running a medical clinic is one of the most expensive services we provide, but also one of the most important. When people are healthy, they can go to school, get a job, and regain their self-sufficiency. We provide medications at no cost to patients who need them, and refer patients to outside providers and laboratories if their medical condition warrants additional care. This costs money beyond day-to-day clinic operations, so when you make a donation to help up continue this work, you are very literally saving lives.