About St. Clare Health Mission
In 1992 representatives of health and social service organizations, throughout the community, began a collaborative effort to address health care access for the poor and uninsured. A unique and innovative program emerged. Volunteer healthcare providers join together, several times per week, to provide free healthcare to those who had gone without due to a lack of financial resources.
In the past 28 years, volunteers have served over 18,000 people in over 80,000 visits to the clinic, treating health conditions ranging from coughs to cancer.
St. Clare Health Mission, started by Sr. Leclare Beres, FSPA, is named for Clare of Assisi, a contemporary of Saint Francis, who renounced all of her possessions – even giving away her shoes – as she devoted her life to the care of the poor. The term “health mission” describes not only the program, but the motivation which guides it.
Sr. LeClare Beres, FSPA
“Those participating in this initiative share a belief that, regardless of financial status, ethnicity or religious belief, health care is a basic human right and that we all share in the benefits of caring for our neighbors.”