Nearly 14% of the U.S. population was born in another country, numbering more than 44 million people in 2017. That's the highest share of foreign-born people in the country since 1910, but it's far from the highest in the world.
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"Hassan" came to St. Louis as a refugee from Afghanistan five years ago. The trauma of living in a war zone had left him with "two kinds of memory problems," in his words: traumatic memories from the past and an inability to retain short term information.
The latter problem had continued to frustrate him in his efforts to learn English.
After screening him, Casa referred him to one of the MHC's "incubated" providers. These are private practitioners who are given free space at the MHC to build their practice. Instead of rent, they donate a portion of their counseling services to uninsured clients referred by Casa.
Hassan has been receiving continuous treatment for almost a full year from this provider. To help support his treatment, Casa has facilitated Arabic interpretation with our partner agency LAMP, provided case management from our GUIA team, and provided medical care for Hassan at Casa's clinic, including psychiatry.
At the same time, the provider incubating at Casa has broadened his experience working across different cultures while he grows his private practice in St. Louis. In the long term, the MHC hopes to help support high quality care for clients like Hassan while also building up the pool of culturally competent mental health providers in the St. Louis region.
In April, we celebrated National Volunteer Appreciation Week.
We would like to reiterate our thanks to our amazing team of interpreters, scribes, GUIA navigators, mental health intake specialists, administrative, outreach and medically licensed volunteers who help make Casa's mission a reality.
Special thanks to our Spring Intern Team members who have been an integral part of a smooth functioning of the Clinic since January and who worked so hard for the Volunteer Appreciation Night: Brisa Garcia, Lauren Hogan, Cate Jiang and Jason Pinsky, you did a great job! Thank you all!
Provider and Staff Anniversaries
A very special thanks to
Michael Fuller, MD, who has volunteered as a medical provider at Casa since our opening year in 2010.
Casa is also thankful for its staff and recognizes the following anniversary:
Volunteer Coordinator - 1 year
You can mail a check to our office at 3200 Chouteau Avenue, St. Louis, 63103. You can give on line
through our website
Your generosity makes Casa de Salud the premier resource for affordable and quality care for the foreign-born community in the St. Louis region!
¡Zocaloco! 2019 (Photo: Tiff Melecio)
Thank you to everyone who attended, participated in, or supported
Stay tuned for more photos coming soon to our website and in next month's newsletter. We would also like to offer a special thank you to all of our generous sponsors for their support.
Centene Charitable Foundation
Clark-Fox Family Foundation
Steward Family Foundation/WWT Foundation
Washington University School of Medicine
Signature Gift Sponsor
St. Luke's Hospital
Paz Family Foundation
Saint Louis University
St. Louis Children's Hospital
Bad Dog Pictures/Penguin Productions
John & Crystal Beuerlein
Dr. William H. Danforth
Enterprise Holdings, Inc.
Lodging Hospitality Management
Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Rex & Jeanne Sinquefield
Staenberg Family Foundation
U.S. Bancorp CDC
World Wide Technology
The Brown School at Washington University
R.M. Cox, Jr. Family Charitable Trust
Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
Chris Jacobs & Hank Webber
Jerry & Judy Kent
Richard & Stacey Liekweg
Missouri Foundation for Health
Saint Louis College of Health Careers
Jerry and Sue Schlichter
Craig and Nancy Schnuck
Pat & Peggy Sly
University of Missouri - St. Louis
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis
John & Ellen Wallace
Dan White & Jen Haro
World Trade Center/Mosaic Project
Isabella Reis joins the GUIA team as a Case Manager. Born in Brasilia, Brazil, Bella came to the U.S. as a student in 2016 and recently graduated with a Master's degree in Religion and Culture.
In the past, she worked as a Press Office intern for the government of Brazil and as a consultant to Brazil's National Commission of Truth (UNDP/Brazil).
Since then, Isabella has been pursuing a career in International Development. She has been married since 2015. After volunteering at World Pediatric Project and living her own experience with the U.S. medical care system, Isabella found her way to Casa de Salud
Elizabeth Schechter has joined Casa as a Clinic Nurse.
In addition to being a nurse, Elizabeth is also a mom and lover of travel. Originally from the East Coast, she moved to St. Louis in 2017 with her husband and two children.
Elizabeth had been home taking care of her children for the past few years but previously worked as a pediatric nurse.
She has been volunteering at Casa since the Fall and is excited to jump into her new role and start working!
Letter from the President
I want to thank the many people, corporations, and foundations that supported
¡Zocaloco! 2019. It was a fun event, and we raised over $300,000 for our general operations.
As I mentioned in my remarks at the gala, over the last twelve months we've had a lot to celebrate. Our clinic staff and case managers served thousands of people. We began our rebranding process to make us more welcoming to non-Latino immigrants and refugees. And the Mental Health Collaborative added 11 partners and started delivering services seven days per week.
We also faced growing pains. Serving so many people is difficult work. Our receptionists, clinic staff, case managers, and leadership team have all experienced increased demands to continuously advocate and care for patients with efficiency, professionalism, and compassion. Balancing service to patients and showing respect for the needs and limits of team members will be an ongoing challenge.
We are still a small organization, but our work is at the heart of what makes this country great. What else is American Exceptionalism than our belief that we are endowed by our Creator with unalienable rights regardless of status (in every sense of that word), that the lowliest among us can rise to unimaginable heights, and that, at our best, we continually build a nation where the many become one. I am very glad to belong to an organization that embodies these American values, and I thank all of you for providing the support that allow this work to move forward.
President & CEO, Casa de Salud