Care Team. Two Simple Words That Mean Everything.
A gift to Cherry Health Foundation allows someone in our community to receive needed care. Many of our patients have little or no other access to health care, and would not be able to receive services without your support!
With Cherry Health’s integrated approach to health care, it takes a team to improve lives. In our locations, the entire care team meets in a “huddle” to determine how best to serve each patient. From the doctors and pharmacists to the counselors, social workers, and receptionists, everyone’s action is needed. With the care team, our patients are treated as whole, complex individuals, who work and hope for better health.
As a donor to Cherry Health, you are part of the Foundation’s “huddle.” Cherry Health Foundation’s Care Team is a lead group of donors whose annual investments make access to essential, quality health care possible. The Foundation’s Care Team knows that it takes all of us to create a healthy community.
Thank you for considering how your investment in Cherry Health Foundation may change lives! For more stories of impact, please take a look at our triannual newsletter Health, Hope & Opportunity, linked below.Make an Impact
Take a look at our recent featured patient impact story and ways you can be part of the “huddle” by joining the Care Team, below.
Cleo Figures is all about pushing your potential, to live beyond the limits placed upon you. While in Washington, D.C. this past year, Figures met with legislators and national leaders to advocate for wider access to mental health solutions that work. Recently, he spoke to crowds at Grace University regarding the state of mental health in our community. Figures serves as a leader on the advisory board for Cherry Health's internationally accredited Clubhouse Program for mental health recovery, Sheldon House.
"Promoting wider access for these essential mental health services makes us a better community," said Figures. "I know how much it can change people. And I can lead this change because access to counseling at Cherry Health and programs like Sheldon House were what turned it around for me."
Cleo Figures has always pushed the boundaries. From when he was a young boy, growing up in a large family, he used his active mind to get what his family needed by any means necessary. He would break rules and test limits to see how far his brain could take him. "I remember finding, and taking, parts to assemble a bike for me and my nieces and nephews - because that's what we needed," he said. "But pushing those limits...pushed me over the edge."
His mental illness began to cloud his thoughts and pushed him farther into the margins; but he would always tell himself he was okay. "I thought I was doing just fine, but I wasn't." He trusted no one, was living in an abandoned garage, his mind sinking into distortion and coming up against a breaking point - it was then he found help right outside the door.
Cleo entered Touchstone Innovarè, which later became Cherry Health, and was able to access therapists to help him clear his mind. They offered counseling, medicine and emotional tools to change his thinking. Addressing his urge to defy expectations, his Cherry Health team introduced him to the work-ordered day at Sheldon House, and his brain power was immediately put to work.
Pictured: Cleo Figures, in Washington, D.C. with Clubhouse International leaders; at Sheldon House prepping for his address at Grace University; and in his apartment with his bike "Katherine," which he has wired to play his favorite music when he rides.
By channeling Cleo's energy to live expansively, Cherry Health now has a strong agent to work against stigma. Breaking stereotypes, Cleo connects others to the solutions that changed his health and gave him back the power his mental illness had degraded. He is working on his GED and ready to become a peer support specialist, again using his own journey to wellness to rebuild others.
Using his engineering brain, he plans to train as an electrician while serving on a strategic planning group for Sheldon House and enjoying the bike he finally came by honestly.
"This place changed my mind, now I have to lead to change other people's minds," stated Figures. "When you change your attitude, you change your altitude."
Philanthropic support for Cherry Health Foundation makes programs like these accessible for all. Thank you!
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Care Team members receive exclusive communications about the impact of their giving. They also receive special recognition, private tours, and opportunities to connect through dedicated events.
This extraordinary group aids vulnerable Cherry Health patients, 97% of whom are impoverished or at or below minimum wage. In the examples below, see the annual impact you make as a part of the Foundation’s Care Team.
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or call Anna Goddard Clifford, CFRM, Director of Development, at 616.965.8217.
Creates access for 1 family of 5 to complete primary care (medical, dental, vision & counseling).
There are over 800,000 patient visits a year at Cherry Health locations.
Allows 1 school-based health center support team to care for children right in their school.
Cherry Health operates 5 health centers inside schools, with nearly 17,500 dental, medical, and counseling visits per year.
Provides 10 patients with emergency walk-in dental visits.
Of the more than 85,000 dental appointments for Cherry Health patients, 7,300 are emergency procedures.
Starts 1 opioid addicted patient’s medication assisted treatment (MAT).
Research has proven that MAT reduces fatality by 50% or more. Cherry Health serves approximately 1,500 patients annually with MAT.