ST PETERSBURG FREE CLINIC INC

Changing Lives with Help and Hope

aka Free Clinic, Women's Residence, Men's Residence, Family Residence, Free Clinic Food Bank, Health Center, Dental Clinic   |   St Petersburg, FL   |  www.stpetersburgfreeclinic.org

Mission

St. Petersburg Free Clinic is an independent social service organization offering temporary assistance to meet basic needs of individuals and families in the community by providing food, transitional housing, health care, limited financial assistance,and referral information. St. Petersburg Free Clinic helps our neighbors in need in Pinellas County, FL.

Ruling year info

1975

Principal Officer

Beth A. Houghton

Main address

863 3rd Ave N

St Petersburg, FL 33701 USA

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EIN

23-7208280

NTEE code info

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Ambulatory Health Center, Community Clinic (E32)

Other Housing, Shelter N.E.C. (L99)

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Health Center

Established in 1970, Free Clinic Health Center provides primary health care services for adults aged 18-64 without private insurance, Medicare or Medicaid and who do not qualify for county-subsidized health care. Health Center offers basic health and wellness services by a full-time nurse practitioner, a full-time Health Educator, full-time nurse coordinator, plus volunteer physicians and nurses. Available services include blood pressure and blood sugar testing, diabetic screenings, over the counter medications, prescription drug assistance, physical therapy, health related support groups and referral services.

Population(s) Served

As the largest emergency food distributor in Pinellas County, the Free Clinic Food Bank solicits food products from all segments of the food industry, as well as from groups and organizations through food drives and individual donations. The Food Bank distributes food free of charge to over 65 partner agencies throughout our community, including food pantries, shelters, community kitchens, missions, residential programs and child care centers. These include Free Clinic’s We Help Services, Women’s Residence, Family Residence, Beacon House and the Community Kitchen. Last year, the Food Bank collected and distributed a record-setting 4.7 million pounds of food. Every month, over 50,000 of our neighbors in need receive food assistance through these efforts.

Population(s) Served

We Help Services provides direct assistance to help our clients get over a “bump” in the road. Available resources range from emergency food or personal hygiene items to bus passes and assistance with water or electric bills as individuals and their families work to regain their financial independence. These resources significantly help the low to moderate income clients who are facing temporary problems, preventing them from falling further through the cracks. Our philosophy is to provide help, not a handout. We assess and review each case on an individual basis. We provide direct assistance when appropriate and help determine longer-term solutions, connecting people with other community resources through information and referral.

Population(s) Served

Established in 1997, the Men's Residence provides safe, supportive, transitional shelter to single, homeless men, serving up to 28 men at any one time. Residents work with staff to set goals, save money and work toward independent living.

With the aid of the Men's Residence, men are motivated and guided through the process of transitioning from homelessness to long-term housing, independence and financial stability. The structure provided by the staff and a community of men with similar desires stimulates hard work, accountability and success.

Population(s) Served

Established in 1989, the Women’s Residence provides a safe place to stay as well as support services to single homeless women as they work toward their goal of self-sufficiency. Residents may stay from one to twelve months while working to save money, set goals and build life skills. The newly renovated residence includes a large commercial kitchen with teaching areas to show healthy cooking techniques, an open dining area to foster a sense of community, and training rooms to teach job-seeking and life skills. The 20,000-square-foot facility includes 40 bedrooms, allowing 50 women at a time to live in the residence.

Population(s) Served

The Dental Clinic is a program providing uninsured adults with dental hygiene, fillings, and extractions. Volunteer dentists, dental assistants and dental hygienists provide care to patients through one day clinics that are hosted multiple times per month.

Population(s) Served

In February, 2013 the Free Clinic acquired property for the purpose to better serve homeless families and launched the Family Residence which is able to provide 14 families with transitional shelter. Working with the Juvenile Welfare Board, 2-1-1 Tampa Bay Cares and Personal Enrichment for Mental Health Services (PEMHS), homeless families are referred to the program. These families are provided intensive navigation services to overcome the barriers to obtain permanent housing. Our goal is to serve over 150 families annually providing those safe clean shelters, as well as a path to permanent housing.

Population(s) Served

The Health Education Program encourages and supports patients on their path to living a healthier, fuller life through two key prevention programs: the Diabetes Education Program and the Cardiovascular Program. The Cardiovascular Program provides patients with cardiovascular wellness tests, treatment plans, and educational workshops to improve and manage their heart health. The Diabetes Education Program provides education, support and provision of medication and supplies to diabetic patients in our Health Center. 98

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of homeless participants engaged in housing services

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of individuals served from the Virginia & David Baldwin Women’s Residence, the Men's Residence, and the Family Residence (adults and children).

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We have over 400 volunteers a month who help us provide services to patients and community residents.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

St. Petersburg Free Clinic envisions a community where all of its members can meet life's basic needs of food, shelter and access to health care. Until that is the condition for everyone, we are here to provide temporary assistance for families and individuals. Founded in 1970, St. Petersburg Free Clinic began as a single walk-in medical facility that provided basic health care services to those without health insurance. In subsequent years, as additional needs of the community have been identified, we have expanded our services to address the needs for food, shelter and health care through our eight essential programs: Health Center, Dental Clinic, Health Education, Jared S. Hechtkopf Community Food Bank, We Help Services, Beacon House, Virginia & David Baldwin Women's Residence, and Family Residence. We serve families and individuals in Pinellas County—more specifically low-income and working poor who have fallen through the cracks of existing systems and services. Our services are provided through the efforts of philanthropy, volunteers, and partnerships. Evaluating and updating goals enables us to meet the changing needs of the community and progress is assessed by establishing a variety of measurable objectives and indicators for each program to demonstrate the improved lives of families and individuals in our community.

St. Petersburg Free Clinic is a learning and growing organization, consistently improving our work and enhancing the impact of our programs for those we serve. We stay aligned with our mission, to provide temporary assistance for families and individuals in need of the basics of food, shelter, health care, limited financial assistance, and referral information. We fulfill our mission by considering available resources, potential donors, current community needs or gaps, and our core competencies.

Health
One of the original and current strategies of the Free Clinic is to provide health care services to the uninsured, with the intention that services will expand to meet community needs as resources become available. The Health Center provides health care services for adults aged 18-64 who do not have any type of health plan and whose income is below 200% of the federal poverty level. The Health Center offers basic health and wellness services, as well as blood pressure and blood sugar testing, diabetic screenings, prescription drug assistance, physical therapy, health related support groups and referral services. The Dental Clinic provides patients with dental hygiene, fillings, extractions, and dental appliances. In addition, we provide Health Education through a cardiovascular program and diabetes education program. Through these programs, patients receive tips and tools to make changes to their diet and lifestyle for a healthier heart.

Food
The overarching strategy of our food programs is to increase access to food through distribution. Additional emphasis is placed on providing food that is nutritional and culturally preferred by the community. The Jared S. Hechtkopf Community Food Bank collects and distributes food to over 50 partner agencies throughout our community, including food pantries, shelters, community kitchens, missions, residential programs, and child care centers. Additionally, We Help Services provides emergency food and financial assistance, personal hygiene items, assistance with obtaining proper identification, and referral information. We Help Services administers the Pack-A-Sack and Hearty Homes programs, which provide food to chronically hungry schoolchildren and senior citizens, respectively.

Shelter
The final strategy of the Free Clinic is to provide temporary and transitional housing to those who are homeless with the goal of permanent housing. Beacon House, which houses men, and the Virginia & David Baldwin Women's Residence, which houses women, provide a safe place to stay as well as support services to help residents toward their goal of self-sufficiency and permanent housing. The Family Residence provides a short-term residence to homeless families. These families are provided intensive navigation services by Personal Enrichment for Mental Health Services (PEMHS), via the Juvenile Welfare Board's (JWB) Family Services Initiative to overcome barriers in obtaining permanent housing.

St. Petersburg Free Clinic has been in continuous operation since 1970. For more than four decades the agency has developed and maintained a wide variety of stakeholders committed to ensuring the Free Clinic's programs and services increase access to health care and basic life needs for low-income, uninsured individuals and families in Pinellas County.

The Free Clinic has strong and varied collaborative partnerships that leverage each other's expertise, and span across community, commercial, county, and state sectors. Over 80% of the Free Clinics' funding is from philanthropy. The development department cultivates local relationships to create support for the Free Clinic's program and services through direct mail, grant writing, direct solicitations, donor relations and special events. The Free Clinic believes in the strength and abilities of volunteers to share knowledge, resources, and a spirit of caring with those in need. Over 400 volunteers a month help to provide services to patients and clients. The agency is governed by a 23-member board of directors responsible for planning and policy decisions, monitoring implementation of plans, policy, and fiscal matters, and promoting the organization in the community.

Food
In 2016, the Jared S. Hechtkopf Community Food Bank collected and distributed over 4 million pounds of food, 21% more than the prior year. Food is distributed to over 50 community food pantry partners. Purchased food also goes to our Pack-A-Sack program, which distributed 24,500 Pack-A-Sack meals for chronically hungry children to local schools, YMCA's, and Boys & Girls Clubs. In an effort to distribute nutritional food, we will enhance our measures by tracking the percentage of food that is produce.
In 2016, We Help Services provided 110,000 services to people in the community, up 30% from the prior year. We serve about 1,700 households a month through We Help Services. 32,000 adults and 11,200 children received food from the We Help food pantry, and $35,300 was spent on water bill assistance for those living paycheck to paycheck. As we transition to client choice pantry, we will initiate and obtain client feedback on satisfaction.

Health Center
In 2016, the Health Center provided over 4,800 doctor consultations, 12,000 health and wellness services, and treated 1,100 new patients. A retail value of $2.9 million in prescription medication were acquired, with $1.3 million (45%) of that being for diabetic patients. This resulted in 1,435 medications received by our patients. We typically have four health education classes a month held at the Health Center, with topics covering nutrition, and mental and physical health as it relates to improving health for those with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
In 2016, the dental program served 580 patients, twice as many as we served in 2015. Additionally, the Dental Clinic provided 954 free x-rays, 189 dental hygiene procedures, and 570 tooth extractions. Our denture program, which began in 2016, provided 64 dental appliances (dentures, flippers, and partials) to patients in the program.
We will continue to build and grow as we complete implementation of the Disease Management program for Cardiac Patients, expand our Dental Clinic, expand specialty services, and use electronic medical records to track patient outcomes.

Housing
At the Virginia & David Baldwin Women's Residence, 59 women were provided shelter in 2015, and this increased to 109 women served in 2016. Beacon House provided shelter and assistance to 112 homeless men in 2015, and 140 men in 2016. In general, 50% of all clients who exit our residences leave to permanent housing, which is similar to other community programs. Of those who leave to permanent housing, 90% stay stably housed in the first year.

Last year, The Family Residence provided shelter to 102 families, which were comprised of 134 adults, and 248 children, totaling 382 people served.
To meet the needs of the community, our housing programs will continue to embrace a transitional housing model, providing safe and supportive housing to the homeless, as well as a safe and supportive environment for those in early or tenuous sobriety.

How we listen

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ST PETERSBURG FREE CLINIC INC

Board of directors
as of 8/7/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Bill Van Law


Board co-chair

Janet Crane

Marylou Bourdow

Michael Bice

Stacy Conroy

Willie Felton

Matthew Frey

Judy Holland

Walter Inman

Janet Crane

Lisa Vickers

Janice Sharp

Bill Van Law

Barbara Baccari

Valerie DiGennaro

Mike Harting

Kimberly Jackson

Bert Martin

Tammy Meyer

Sarah Lind Ribeiro

Bill Sweeney

John Tucker

Beth Vivio

Greg Holden

Khalilah Weston

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes