August 18th, 2015
The Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia visited the Augustinian Defenders of the Rights of the Poor (ADROP) to present them with a $500 Community Impact Award. This award will benefit the organizations' Unity Clinic, a free-of-charge health clinic for impoverished individuals open every Tuesday evening. ADROP’s Community Impact Award was given from CFGP’s Health and Wellness Fund.
Operating as their own 501(c)(3) for the last ten years, ADROP is committed to serving the poorest members of society. Through their services, ADROP offers healthcare to individuals who cannot afford health coverage of their own. Every Tuesday at 5 P.M., ADROP’s Unity Clinic opens to the public, where both scheduled patients and walk-ins are welcomed by volunteer nurse practitioners and medical doctors. The volunteer staff members are a result of ADROP’s partnerships with Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Villanova College of Nursing, and the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Medicine. In addition, ADROP has over 15 volunteer Indonesian interpreters to best suit the needs of the large amount of immigrants from Indonesia who visit the Clinic.
Aside from standard check-ups, ADROP offers its patients free lab testing, vaccinations, and treatment for a number of long-term illnesses like Diabetes. The volunteer doctors and nurses encourage patients to visit the Clinic on a routine basis in order to keep track of their health progression. In most cases, this has been successful, with many patients making their visits to the Clinic a regular part of their schedules. Last year, the clinic hosted more than 1,200 visits.