Cupboards are bare at St. Clare
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org February 26, 2013 12:08PM
A few cans of vegetables rest on the barren shelves at St. Clare Health Clinic, in Crown Point. The food pantry at the clinic is desperately low and is hoping for more donations to help families in need. The clinic is seeking donations of nonperishable food items, paper goods, laundry detergent, and personal care products. | Scott R. Brandush~Sun-Times Media
◆ Donations may be taken to the St. Clare Health Clinic from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 1121 S. Indiana Ave.
◆ For more information, call Diane Jansen at 663-2160,
CROWN POINT — Diane Jansen at St. Clare Health Clinic is asking the public for help.
St. Clare’s cupboard needs donations of nonperishable food items; paper goods, including toilet paper; laundry detergent and personal care products such as deodorant, shampoo and soap. The food pantry is nearly depleted.
In addition to the cupboards for the pantry at St. Clare, the Prenatal Assistance Program headquartred at St. Clare needs diapers, formula and new or gently used clothing, size newborn through 3T.
The prenatal assistance program lets women without means find a place to go for help in the care of their babies before and after birth.
Both of these programs are offered to those in need by the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration out of Mishawaka. These nuns are driven by the five Franciscan Values, one of which is respect for life.
The St. Clare Health Clinic is run by Franciscan St. Anthony Heath-Crown Point and provides free primary health care for residents of Northwest Indiana who fall within established income guidelines, are uninsured and are not eligible for government assistance.
Visits with health care providers are by appointments only; since these people are volunteers they do not staff the health clinic 24/7.
A staff of volunteer physicians who are complemented by a staff of volunteer nurses provides primary care. There are on-staff nurse practitioners, pharmacists and social workers all volunteering to help. There are over 50 physicians who volunteer to take referrals. St. Anthony donates a variety of diagnostic, laboratory and radiology services.