Wishing you a bright
Another challenging healthcare year is almost behind us. And while the pandemic often stretched our staff and resources thin, 2021 also brought its share of blessings.
Thanks to grants from Women Inspiring Philanthropy and the Sid Richardson Foundation, we completed our Flex Exam rooms for offering on-site Dermatology, Physical Therapy and Dentistry to our patients. We will soon be ready to add Podiatry and Audiology services.
This year, we held two successful fundraisers, our virtual Dine Outside the Box and Run for Another, our most profitable 5K and fun run/walk ever. North Texas Giving Day brought in additional donations. And we were awarded grants from AmeriCares, the American Medical Association Foundation and the North Texas Community Foundation to fund ongoing programs and purchase an emergency generator.
We welcomed new volunteers as well, including four providers, four nurses, a Spanish-speaking counselor and social worker interns. Thanks to readily available vaccines, our clinic began seeing more patients onsite. And with participants and staff fully vaccinated, we were able to complete four in-person sessions of our Controlling Chronic Illness classes. Open Arms supported the vaccination effort by partnering with Texas Health resources to provide free Covid-19 vaccines, boosters and seasonal flu vaccines to clinic patients and local residents.
As the year comes to an end, we are much closer to some long-anticipated goals. Late in 2022, we will start English as a Second Language (ESL) classes for patients and others. At the request of our patients, we will offer onsite exercise classes. And work is underway to open a Learning Lab to teach patients how to use software and the internet to write résumés, research work opportunities and apply for jobs.
None of this would be possible without you. Thank you for your support of our mission to provide care to those less fortunate. Please remember Open Arms in your year-end donations and have a wonderful holiday season.
Fran Martin, Executive Director
Open Arms Health Clinic