Carelink Clinic in Jupiter, FL to host garage sale on August 14th at 7am to raise much needed funds to continue serving the financially underpriveledged in our community

Online PR News – 07-August-2010 – – JUPITER, FL - Drive down Old Dixie Hwy in Jupiter to number 224 on any weeknight or weekend and you will find a buzz of activity. Volunteers including many of our local doctors give of their time and talents to nurse the sick and hurting. Carelink was started in 2002 by Ron Maggard. He had been a missionary to Cuba during the 1990s. “We were working in Cuba and saw a tremendous lack of much needed medicine, medical supplies and the like,” said Mr. Maggard, during a recent interview. “When we were restricted by the Cuban government from re-entering for two years, we began to minister to the Spanish speaking immigrant population in Jupiter. We were always being asked to help people find medical treatment and saw the need for a safety net to catch those who were falling through the healthcare system.

In the beginning, Carelink began meeting that need for medical care, mostly for the local Hispanic population. In 2002 the clinic demographic was 100% Hispanic males from 18-30 years of age. Over the years that has changed. “We began seeing women, then many children, and the last few years more and more resident Floridians are finding they need the services that we offer at Carelink,” Maggard says. “We are seeing more long time residents who have lost jobs, income, or benefits due to the economic downturn.”

Carelink services include all types of non-emergency type medical services. Patients who go to the clinic will usually see a volunteer general medical doctor, Nurse Practitioner, Physician’s Assistant, or nurse. If the site doctors discover a problem that is beyond the scope of their practice, there is a network of volunteer specialists who will see the patients that come through Carelink. Patients who need labs, radiology, or prescriptions can also receive this help at the clinic. Various types of patient counseling is also available. “Some patients need spiritual counseling and we regularly meet those needs as well,” said Maggard.

Carelink is a non-profit organization with 0 employees and over 100 volunteers. The clinic has really been impacted by the economy. With more patients than ever, over 3000 per year, and a wide diversity of patient backgrounds, Carelink is seeing less availability of community support than past years. This is mainly due to foundations and philanthropic donors feeling the economic crunch. The clinic has more needs than ever and funding is more difficult to obtain.

The Carelink Clinic will be facilitating a “Garage Sale” in hopes of raising much needed funds to continue serving the community. The sale will be held Saturday, August 14th at 7a at their location at 224 S. Old Dixie Highway in Jupiter

If you would like to donate items or volunteer your services, please email carelinkinternational@gmail.com or call the clinic at 561-401-9078. Visit www.carelinkinternational.org for more information.

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