Your Impact

The everyday miracle

The Cherry Health strategy is very simple.  We design solutions that specifically address barriers to care and create safe havens for health needs. Unfortunately, the care that achieves the best outcomes is not always fully funded or reimbursed. This means we count on our donors stepping in, providing excellent care rather than “better than nothing” care. Our Annual Donor Impact Report shares how you helped and who you helped through your support of Cherry Health Foundation. On behalf of the over 70,000 patients at Cherry Health, thank you.

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.

Meet Jennifer

Meet Jennifer

You know me. You know my story. My struggle is familiar to so many in our families and towns. Hello, my name is Jennifer, and I am an addict.

You hear a lot about “me” on the news. The headlines are pretty hard to bear. Michigan’s growing opioid epidemic can seem hopeless. I know; I lived it.

But I wanted you to know that I’m better now – not perfect, but recovering from an addiction that nearly took everything from me. And I’m better because people like you didn’t give up on me.

When I started my Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) at Cherry Health’s Southside Health Center, I didn’t believe in hope anymore. Nothing would help. Every time I tried detoxing on my own, fighting the power that opioids and alcohol had on me, I lost.

But then Cherry Health gave me hope again. In MAT, I supported my recovery with medicine that makes the withdrawal bearable. With the awful side effects under control, I started going to therapy to deal with the emotional hurt that made me into a dark shadow of the real me. Cherry Health gave me the tools I needed to focus on the fight.

I am taking classes to become a recovery coach myself. I just got a chip marking my fourth year in recovery! The coins you see in my hands here mark months, now years, of commitment. I recently reunited with my son, and, with lots of tears, I could finally feel the reality of hope through health.

The doorway to this hope is found in the affordable and welcoming place that is Cherry Health. Access to real health care – emotional and physical – depends on people helping each other out. Every day I am grateful for people that made my recovery possible through their giving. Thank you!

For more stories of hope, please sign up for our newsletter at the bottom of this page.

Join the Care Team

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.

To learn more or make a gift,
or call Anna Goddard Clifford, CFRM, Director of Development, at 616.965.8217.

Comprehensive $5,000 or more

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.

Continuum $2,500

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.

Integration $1,500

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.

Access $1,000

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.


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