Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic will use a special one-time grant of $5,000 from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation to replenish medication and supplies.
The award is part of the foundation’s COVID-19 Rapid Response grants in response to the global pandemic and its effects on community partners on the front line in Allen County.
“We are so grateful for the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation’s support and their swift efforts to assist organizations that directly support vulnerable populations,” Mark Dixon, chief executive officer, said in a news release.
Matthew 25 Health and Dental Clinic has felt the effect of the pandemic most acutely in the medication room. To reduce patient exposure to the coronavirus, COVID-19, the clinic is filling prescriptions for longer periods of time. Those who normally receive a 30-day supply of medication are receiving 60 days’ worth. With that new policy, medication supplies began to run low.
Matthew 25, 413 E. Jefferson Blvd., Fort Wayne, is the only full-time clinic in Allen County providing medical, dental, vision and mental health care at no cost to patients. Matthew 25 serves low-income, uninsured adults in northeast Indiana and northwest Ohio. The nonprofit receives no government money and relies entirely on gifts from individuals, organizations and corporations, as well as grants from foundations.