WEST TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Though the pandemic has slowed many building projects, organizers with the West Terre Haute clinic and pharmacy say they’re still progressing.
Since October, $88,000 has been raised through donations and grants to meet a $100,000 goal. That’s the first financial goal for the fundraiser, because a matching grant will award an additional $50,000 at that point.
With sickness plaguing the country, convenient access to medical care is a top priority.
“We’re not going to let COVID or any other instrument in life get in the way of making this accomplished,” T.J. Warren, CEO of Valley Professionals Community Health, said.
Fundraising is coming along for the future West Terre Haute clinic and pharmacy. Perhaps it’s the vision of a healthier and potentially happier community that’s generated generosity through donations and grants to make it this far.
“So many people have transportation issues, it would be in walking distance for a lot of the patients, for pharmacy and the clinic,” Tammy Pearson, nurse practitioner and West Terre Haute resident said. She’s served on the committee for the clinic and pharmacy and is a former Vigo County School Board president. She says even from a school’s perspective, the clinic will help assist families with resources for immunization.
There are also plans underway to implement a shower for people who might not have access to hot water.
Warren says COVID-19 has prevented committee members for the clinic from meeting and their efforts to continue generate funds.
“Our hope is to raise the total $100,000 within the next hopefully few weeks to next few months to get things going.”
Warren says they would love to break ground on the project by late this year or early next year. Architectural designs, land surveys and utility checks have still been implemented even without those additional funds.
The clinic will hold 7 exam rooms and three behavioral health rooms. Plus there will be mental health staff.
“Our big thing is we see people regardless of their ability to pay … If you don’t have insurance we will figure out a way to find a resource for you,” Warren said.
Peason says it’s essential that the community knows what resources are available.
“We need the structure, the building they say if you build it they will come and we need a building … I think that if we can get the community to buy into our own community and buy into getting this building built, i think it will be a great resource for everybody around there,” she said.
The total building project will cost $1.2 million. Warren says the hope is to continue raising money through fundraising, grants and loans through the USDA.
To connect with the Valley Professionals Health Center and contribute to the West Terre Haute clinic, you can reach out through Facebook.