Grace Clinic on life support

Anthony Gonzalez Staff Reporter

December 18, 2013

Grace Clinic is hanging on a thread and not out of the woods yet, according to its interim executive director.

The clinic has been actively involved in a “Saving Grace” movement, a fundraising appeal seeking any amount of donations that will be dedicated to help offset the cost of operating the area’s only free no-frill clinic.

The clinic was stymied into a financial overhaul after its former executive director dropped the ball on soliciting grants.

Sue Myers was named as interim executive director.

The Grace Clinic Board of Directors also announced a new chairperson, Steve Newman.

Staff was downsized.

The board also announced the placement of a grant specialist known for working with free medical clinics. Two board members privately donated the fee associated with hiring the specialist.

The clinic immediately asked the community to assist with a budget shortfall of $4,117.45. However, that amount would only keep the doors open until Dec. 31.

The shortfall request was met. However, the greater challenge for the clinic has been for funds to get through the first quarter of 2014.

“We appreciate the support of our local radio station, local churches and private donors. We have received approximately $10,000 in donations as a direct result of their combined efforts,” said Myers.

According to Grace Clinic, the Winston-Salem Foundation has stepped up with an emergency grant. The new grant writer has secured grants from two foundations.

“With these grants and the donations received, we are secure in our funding through the end of January 2014,” said Myers, with visible tears of being overwhelmed by the support.

“The clinic is still in need of a big boost,” she said.

Checks can be made payable to Grace Clinic. Contributions may be delivered to the clinic or mailed. The clinic is located at 170 Claremont Drive in Elkin.

Reach Anthony Gonzalez at 835-1513 or agonzalez@civitasmedia.com.