New Family First Campaign home appeals to community
PORTSMOUTH – Families First health and support center is set to raise the funds needed to expand access to care in a new home in Portsmouth later this year. The new location will provide the community with increased services, including an in-house pharmacy offering prescriptions at discounted rates, more medical and dental examination rooms, and an SOS Community Recovery Center to help those recovering from an illness. substance use disorder.
In the final stage of the fundraising campaign, Paul and Jessica McKeon will match up to $ 50,000 in community donations. “The Seacoast was one of the hardest hit areas in the state in terms of COVID,” says Paul McKeon. “It behooves us to help alleviate the suffering in our community – especially now. Jess and I hope that the match we are proposing will encourage our friends and the public to support this important effort.
The donations will fund the conversion of a building on Greenleaf Woods Drive that once housed a gym and swimming pool in what fundraising committee co-chair Karin Barndollar calls “a new home that is welcoming and inviting to people.” our patients and that is an effective goal. builds a workspace for our staff.
When the non-profit community health center moved into its current space at the Community Campus in 1999, it offered primary care, prenatal care, home visits, and parent and family programs. Since then, Families First has added a dental center, mobile health clinics for people experiencing homelessness, integrated behavioral health services and a medical recovery program for addiction treatment. All of this has been inserted into the original footprint, which means space is tight for departments and staff.
The new location will be “a modern medical space that supports integrated and updated primary care services,” says Joann Buonomano, MD, chief medical officer of Families First and the entire Greater Seacoast community health network. “Family First has a sacred and well-established tradition of compassion, quality care and health equity, which remains central to all of our current and future operations.
Stuart Scharff and Jeff Gilbert of WJP Development, LLC, purchased the building on Greenleaf Woods Drive last year and are in the process of modernizing it to meet the needs of Families First, with funding provided by Newburyport Bank.
A fundraising committee co-chaired by Barndollar and Lynn Marsh has raised $ 1.5 million over the past eight months from private donations and is now asking the community to join the effort. Gifts of all sizes are needed to expand access to care. Senator Martha Fuller Clark and Dr. Geoffrey Clark act as honorary co-chairs. Dr Cyndi Bear, Barbara Henry, Kathleen MacLeod, Jennifer Madden, Kathy Scheu and Georgette Shapiro also sit on the campaign committee.
“I am deeply grateful to our donors for their incredibly generous support,” said Barndollar. “I have been on the Families First Board of Directors for over ten years and I am delighted to see this project come to fruition. Our committee has worked hard to show the community that we are past the current space a long time ago. We are confident that a wide range of community members will come together again to support us with whatever they can afford to give.
More details on the project, a list of contributors and a donation link are available on FamiliesFirstSeacoast.org (“New Home” button). Community members are also encouraged to contact any member of the campaign committee or Joann Neumann, Director of Development, at [email protected] or (603) 422-8208 ext. 3144.