Our 5W Wednesday series highlights a variety of health care organizations, professionals and programs that keep our community healthy.
What does Hope Clinic do?
Hope Clinic is an interdenominational Christian organization based in Ypsilanti, Michigan that provides compassionate and practical help to those in need. They aim to minister to the whole person with dignity and respect by offering medical care and dental care to the uninsured, as well as a variety of social services:
- Hope Medical Clinic: provides free medical services to low income children and adults without medical insurance. Over 100 volunteer medical professionals conduct more than 7,000 patient visits and fill more than 11,000 prescriptions each year.
- Hope Dental Clinic: provides preventative and restorative dental care to low income children and adults without dental insurance. More than 4,000 patient visits occur each year – that’s a lot of smiles.
- Hope Social Services: provides other basic services including 10,000 hot meals and groceries to more than 1,700 households a year
When was Hope Clinic started?
Hope Clinic was founded 29 years ago by Dr. Dan Heffernan as an expression of his Christian faith. Dr. Heffernan started with a Saturday morning clinic in borrowed space to serve those without medical insurance and from there Hope has grown to what it is today. See more about Hope Clinic’s history and milestones.
Who does Hope Clinic serve?
The Medical Clinic serves low-income individuals and families with no medical insurance or coverage. Medicaid, Medicare, and Washtenaw Health Plan are not accepted at the Hope Medical Clinic. A $5 contribution is requested for each visit to Hope Medical Clinic, but services are not dependent on a patient’s ability to pay.
Eligibility for the Dental Clinic is based on family size and income. They are only able to accept approximately 20 new patients each month. Watch the Dental Clinic page for the next new patient sign up.
Hope Clinic’s Social Services are open to all who need the services and are not limited to medical and dental clinic patients. Hope Clinic’s food programs include a food bank that provides emergency food to families in need and a weekend meal program that serves hot meals to the hungry and homeless every Saturday and Sunday. Hope Clinic’s basic and emergency needs programs include:
- Wash With Care Program: provides a place for low income individuals and families to do their laundry at no charge
- Care and Share Closet: provides basic necessities such as personal care items, household cleaning supplies, and household goods
- Financial Assistance Program: provides limited financial help for prescription co-pays, transportation to medical appointments, or help with other emergency financial needs
- Baby Aid: provides emergency diapers and formula as available
Why does Hope Clinic provide these services?
There is a clear need for medical, dental, and social services in our community. In 2010, Hope Clinic provided over 8,571 medical visits, 4,621 dental visits, filled $3,142,728 worth of prescriptions, served 9,259 hot meals and gave out 14,374 bags of groceries. They also minister to the spiritual needs of those we serve through prayer. Read more in their annual reports, 990 financial documents, newsletters and more publications.
Hope has an amazing group of volunteers including 80+ medical and dental professionals each month who provide care and over 250 others who help with food distribution, administrative duties, serve as prayer partners, and more. Additionally, they partner with many local churches, plus a number of agencies and others to ensure patients and clients receive the comprehensive care that they need.
If you are interested in joining in and making a difference, go here to see the many ways that you can help Hope Clinic.
Where is Hope Clinic located?
The Hope Clinic’s medical clinic, dental clinic, and social service programs used to be housed at different locations. They are excited to be in the process to moving to a new, expanded facility that will house all of these services. View a map of Hope Clinic’s new facility. The new address for the Hope Clinic is:
The Hope Center
518 Harriet Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48197
Because they are in the process of moving, the Medical Clinic and Hope Center are currently closed and will reopen in this new building on May 2. The Dental Clinic will be closed May 2 to May 8, reopening on May 9 in the new building. Weekend meals will continue to be served throughout this time at Grace Fellowship Church.