Party Time October 24!

Plan to join us at 5:30 pm Friday October 24 at Great Meadow for an evening of music, drinks and celebration as we prepare to make our big move to a newly renovated facility in 2015.  View the plans, talk to the people involved, and help us celebrate all the progress so far!

The party is open to all, but we do ask that you let us know you are coming.  Tickets are $50, all proceeds benefit our renovation project.

If you plan to attend please download and complete the RSVP card here, and return with your check.  Contact us at the clinic 540-347-0394 if you would prefer to pay by credit card.

Party invitation with all the details is available here.

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Mental Health Association comes up BIG for our patients!

Mental Health Association of Fauquier County
Sallie Morgan presents Joy Willey with a check for $50,000!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A top priority for the Free Clinic is to expand effective mental health treatment resources for our patients.  We have a great partner in the Mental Health Association of Fauquier County!  This week we received an amazing gift of $50,000 to support our plans to build two mental health treatment areas into our future building.  Thank you to Sallie Morgan and all of the staff, board and supporters of the MHAFC.  This gift will result in improved and expanded mental health care for local uninsured families.  Our patients thank you!

Thank-you-lations!

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WE DID IT! What a fantastic community of non-profits and engaged citizens.  Congrats and thanks to everyone who put us over the top. Early results look like our late surge got us to 244 individual donors, and a total of $37,000. It was very very close, but we had more donors than any other non-profit and it looks like we will win the $2500 bonus for winning the big contest. Add that to the $500 Golden Ticket prize for our 4:00 am donor and the $200 prize for the very first donation of the event, plus the matching funds, and it was a great 24 hours for our patients and their families. Thank you to everyone who came through for our effort!

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<p>WE DID IT!  Congrats and thanks to everyone who put us over the top.  Early results look like our late surge got us to 244 individual donors, and a total of $37,000.  It was very very close, but we had more donors than any other non-profit and it looks like we will win the $2500 bonus for winning the big contest.  Add that to the $500 Golden Ticket prize for our 4:00 am donor and the $200 prize for the very first donation of the event, plus the matching funds, and it was a great 24 hours for our patients and their families.  Thank you to everyone who came through for our effort!

GIVE LOCAL – TUESDAY MAY 6

YOU GIVE AND WE GET… DOUBLE!
Check it out! The whole community is gearing up for the online giving day now that every gift (up to $100,000) we receive online that day will be matched dollar for dollar by the Fauquier Health Foundation! Make a donation on May 6 right here: 
• One day only — May 6, 2014 midnight to midnight
• All donations must be made online, by credit card
• $100,000 will be matched by Fauquier Health Foundation
• Minimum donation of $10 counts toward prize contests
• Many other community organizations will be participating
• Additional $27,000 worth of prizes granted based on number of gifts, random raffles every hour, donation from furthest away, most dollars between 5 and 6 am… and more.

Tournament Postponed for Flooding – now to be held Friday May 9

flood_18thIMPORTANT NOTICE !  GOLF POSTPONEMENT!  

posted 4/30 2:20 pm.

Due to significant flooding already and more anticipated on the course, this year’s event will now be held on May 9, 2014 at the Fauquier Springs Country Club.   The club pro has determined that the course is not safe and will not be in condition for play by Friday morning.

On May 9:

Shotgun start 11:00 am.  Check in starts at 10:00 am. Please arrive early to check in and warm up.  Free use of the driving range and practice greens.  Golfers will receive a gift certificate for use in the pro-shop, good on May 2 only.

CONTACT:  To confirm your sponsorship and your foursome, please contact Rob Marino at (540) 347-0394 or better yet via email at rob@fauquierfreeclinic.org.

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Give Local May 6

YOU GIVE AND WE GET… DOUBLE!
Check it out! Our very own Boston Marathoner and super volunteer Alix Hazel is excited about the May 6 Give Local event… and we got great news today that every gift (up to $100,000) that the Free Clinic receives online that day will be matched dollar for dollar by the Fauquier Health Foundation! MARK YOUR CALENDARS to make a donation on May 6 right here: 
• One day of giving — May 6, 2014
• All donations must be made online, by credit card
• $100,000 will be matched by Fauquier Health Foundation
• Minimum donation of $10.00
• Many other community organizations will be participating
• There is also $27,000 worth of extra prizes for the organizations based on number of gifts, random raffles every hour, donation from furthest away, etc.

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Give Local Piedmont online giving event on May 6!

Check out our new dental x-ray system!

Our strong focus on improving oral health in this community is really paying off.  This month we added a digital x-ray system and electronic dental charting system to our clinic’s toolbox!  Thank you to our many local sponsors and a $19,000 gift of PC hardware from Practice Systems Integration for allowing us to enter the 21st century!  Our volunteer clinicians can now view high quality dental images right at the chair, much more quickly than ever before.  Great progress for our patients and our volunteers!

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new dental xray system in use

Support Sherry on the Camino de Santiago

Our one and only Sherry Pace and her husband Oz are walking 500 miles across northern Spain following the Camino de Santiago this month (April 2014).  Sherry is a nurse, a board member, and an amazing volunteer.  She sent us this picture from her last walk (I guess doing it once wasn’t enough?) and is encouraging her friends to support her efforts by giving to the Free Clinic in their honor.  If you are so inclined, follow the link here to pitch in.  The long miles will go by easier thanks to your support for the patients of the Free Clinic.  Thank you and godspeed Sherry!
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Meet Stacey Shepherd

by Alisa Booze-Troestchel, Clinic Volunteer

 

It’s not about money. It’s about people. It’s about living a balanced life. Stacey Shepherd lost a lot of annual income on Oct. 4 when she began work at the Fauquier Free Clinic. But, she gained satisfaction in her roles as a physician’s assistant and as wife and mom to two girls, seven and four years old.

 

Eleven-hour days at a doctor’s office in Centreville kept Shepherd away from her family. She often interacted with patients who left her feeling not valued. But folks at the Clinic are different.

 

“It’s hard not to enjoy taking care of this patient population,” Shepherd says. The petite woman with long brown hair and a heart-shaped face tells a story about a woman she’d seen the previous night. Even though she works both days the Clinic is open, she continues her nine years of volunteering at the Thursday night walk-in clinic.

 

She related a story about a recent patient encounter as an example of the kind of work she finds rewarding.  This patient’s medical history was as complex as her lifestyle. A hospital had recently released her from treatment. She had no home and lived at the shelter.

 

The woman did have a long list of medications, and a short supply of money. Thinking out loud, she wondered which were the most critical, and which she could do without.

 

Tears flowed down the woman’s cheeks when Shepherd told her about the Clinic’s prescription assistance. Patients pay two dollars per medication that the Clinic stocks. They pay nothing for other medicines at a local pharmacy.

 

Then Shepherd told her patient that she was referring her to a specialist for treatment. As is typical for Clinic patients, she would likely receive an initial visit free of charge. If ongoing care is necessary, the patient and specialist discuss the fees.

 

“She was overwhelmed,” Shepherd observed.

 

When Shepherd was a teenager, she wanted to be an athletic trainer. An unhappy internship during her senior year of high school showed that she needed to find a different career path.

 

What Shepherd knew is that she wanted children. She did not want to extend her studies into her thirties, and rack up a heavy debt load that some doctors accumulate. Shadowing a physician’s assistant revealed her road to take.

 

“Physician assistant’s school is four years of medical school crammed into two,” says Shepherd. Students are in the classroom during the first year, and do clinical rotations in the second.

 

Being a physician’s assistant at the Clinic fits with what’s important to Shepherd.

 

“It’s about quality of life,” says Shepherd. “My first priority is to be a good wife and a good mother.”

 

Every night at the dinner table, each person in Shepherd’s family names one thing for which she or he is grateful. A few weeks into her employment at the Clinic, both her husband and oldest daughter said they’re just glad she’s home every night for dinner.