Since April 1, 1989-Family Health Care (Family Health CARE), a non-profit safety net clinic, has provided health services on a sliding scale for those who do not have insurance. 

Click below on stories* from our twenty-nineyears of caring...

#1 Baby Emmy

#2 Larry's Home Care

#3 Abby's Ball Game

#4 John's Loss

#5 Keeping an Eye on Jeremy

#6 Katie's Family

#7 Miranda's Liver

#8 Wrap-around Mr. Olson

#9 Sara's World

#10 Susan and Her Boys

#11 Mandy's Mouth

#12 Maria's Eye


*Scrubbed of patient identifying information 





I was reminded of my good fortune while talking with a colleague from my medical school class. He said one reason he enjoys working with medical students is because students are still idealistic and they remind him of how he felt before he succumbed to reality. I enjoy working with students as well, but my job allows me to sustain an idealism that may have been lost in other settings. At Family Health Care, I am able to work daily in an environment of camaraderie with a common goal of helping our neighbors. Our idealism works.


Idealism detached from action is just a dream. But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very exciting. It's very real. It's very strong.” - Bono 


Family Health Care was founded after determining that what we could do to help needy people in our community access health care, was establish a clinic. After considering versions of how to do the work, we incorporated values of sharing responsibilities into a fairly unique organizational structure. Now, sixty staff and many volunteers roll up their sleeves daily to do the work that helps hundreds of our neighbors with services to improve their health in a supportive atmosphere.


Twenty-nine years after our beginning, Family Health Care is far from just a dream. I feel lucky to be a part of this dynamic organization. The hard work of our board and staff and the concrete support of many individuals, including each of you who gives, sustains our idealism. Southwest Boulevard Family Health Care’s application of idealism is very exciting. It is very real. It is very strong.