Catherine's Health Center relocates | News
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) A non-profit medical clinic in Grand Rapids has a new home. Catherine's Health Center moved next-door to the building that was formally St. Alphonsus Catholic School.
For volunteers, like Karen Kaashoek, the move signifies opportunity to finally address the health needs of more residents who otherwise couldn't receive it.
Since 1996, the non-profit health facility has served low-income, uninsured residents living in Grand Rapids' northeast neighborhoods.
"People should be able to receive this kind of quality of care whether they have money or not," says Kaashoek.
But over time, the 1,200 square-foot facility began to limit the help they could provide to patients.
"The space itself limited our capacity. We just could not fit more people into that building- more staff, more volunteers, more patients and so we were turning away 20 to 30 patients a day," says Kaashoek.
After three years of brainstorming, fundraising, and building, the new health center is finally open, stocked, and ready to help.
It's a Valentine's day gift to members of the community that will continue to give whenever it's needed.
"What better way to show people you care about them than to provide for their most-basic need?," says Kaashoek.
Community donations helped make the $1.4 million facility possible. The clinic does not operate with the help of federal grants.