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Deb’s Corner

 
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Hope is just around the corner…

In my nearly 20 years as CEO of Westside Family Health Center, a new site has always been part of the plan.  A site where we could expand our current services and add additional services such as oral health, mental/behavioral health and vision that would continue the high quality standard of care offered at WFHC.  A site that would serve as a gathering place for community members who want to learn about healthy lifestyles, take childbirth education or parenting classes.    A site where community volunteers would work in comfort knowing that their services were highly needed and appreciated.  Finally, a site that felt like coming home – welcoming and comforting – to our team members, our patients and our community.
 
On October 1, 2018, we announced publicly that Westside Family Health Center had entered into a 20-year lease for a building located at 3861 Sepulveda Boulevard in Culver City. 
 
The 3-story building, formerly the LA Weekly site, will be reconfigured to include 12,000 square feet of clinic space and 12,000 square feet of administrative space with 88 parking spaces.  The plans include 24 exam rooms, 4 dental operatories, 2 vision rooms and 6 consultation rooms allowing better and quicker flow for our patients.  The vision program will offer both eye exams and a limited offering of frames, while dental will be offered for both children and adults.
 
This dream of ours was first supported by Darlene and Allan Lasher with a $1 million pledge three years ago.  It has taken us this long to find a building, but it is such a wonderfully appropriate building that it was worth the long effort. 
 
You will be hearing a lot from us over the next year.  Our plans are to be in the building on October 1, 2019.  We will share our progress and plans with you as we move forward.  You are part of our family.  I hope you feel the same joy and hope we feel about our future.
 
Breathe.

Deb

President / Chief Executive Officer

 

Sprinkle of Hope

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Making the World A Better Place One Sprinkle at Time

Alana Kamins, age 13, has known from a very young age that giving back to the underserved is a critical part of who she is. “As a young child, I came up with a myriad of ideas that would benefit those living in poverty. As I grew older, my thoughts developed into Sprinkle of Hope, which I have been working on for three years.”

Sprinkle of Hope is Alana’s brainchild—a project that helps those in need by giving them everyday life necessities in jars. Alana chose Westside Family Health Center as the perfect place to distribute the jars. She raised the funds, purchased and packed products, and delivered 60 Hope Jars to WFHC filled with important and costly necessities such as tampons, shaving cream, Aquaphor, deodorant, etc.

Alana chose WFHC because, “with Sprinkle of Hope, I am helping clients at Westside Family Health Center, 94% of whom live at or below the poverty line. I am providing them with these daily necessities to help ensure daily health to those in need of the most support.”

Alana’s Sprinkle of Hope has not only inspired our patients, but also our team members who are delighted and amazed by Alana’s organizational skills, her passion, and her empathy! On behalf of all our patients, thank you Alana Kamins from the entire team at Westside Family Health Center.

For more information, please go to https://www.sprinkleofhope.net

 

Westside Family Health Center wins Awards at the 2018 Westside Coalition Celebrating Success Breakfast 

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Our very own President/CEO Debra A. Farmer was honored in the presence of community representatives, city officials, religious leaders, and heads of local nonprofits at Westside Coalition’s 23rd Annual Celebrating Success Breakfast on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Westside Family Health Center is one of 50 members of the Westside Coalition: Housing, Hunger, Health.

 “We can accomplish greater things when we do it in partnership with others.” Deb told the 500 person crowd at Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel. “We can’t be all things to all people”.

The Partnership Award was given to Deb for her nearly 20 years of service to Westside Family Health Center and as a powerful advocate for the underserved with WFHC’s Advocacy In Action social media campaign. She also expanded the Westside Coalition’s understanding of its mission as a Board Member to incorporate health care and the social determinants of health, resulting in the Coalition changing its name. “This is our community. These are the people we are honored to serve. How can we not fight on their behalf?” she told the overflowing room.

At the breakfast, local business owner Ron Robinson, of Ron Robinson, Inc. was also given a Community Support Award for his loyal partnership with WFHC since 2015.

Thank you Deb and Ron for fighting the good fight and continuing to provide hope and inspiration to all of us at WFHC and the entire community.

 
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#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.

Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (November 27, 2018)) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.

WFHC is already hard at work on the transition from it’s current space to its new site. In addition to capital costs, WFHC must hire new team members to expand its current programs and add additional ones.

Donations given to WFHC now or for #Giving Tuesday will support WFHC during this exciting year of expansion.