Many thanks from HOPE to Hidalgo County Commissioners Court

Hidalgo County Commissioners’ Court awarded Community Hope Projects, Inc., doing business as Hope Family Health Center, in funding in the amount of $ 1 million from the American Rescue Plan Act and designated for the primary care and behavioral health program.

Funding is to be distributed in the amount of $ 250,000 per year over a four-year period.

Funding is provided to help HOPE continue its mission of providing primary medical care, behavioral counseling and case management services. This funding will also cover expenses for additional actions and programs needed to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency.

HOPE is a free health clinic founded in 1996 by Sister Marion Strohmeyer, David Saavedra, LCSW, Ann W. Cass and Reverend Gerald Frank with a commitment to provide integrated medical and counseling services to uninsured and needy people living in the Rio Grande valley. . HOPE celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2021 and is proudly an integral part of our community’s safety net, providing vital primary care services to the most vulnerable members of our community.

Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, including a significant decrease in funding, HOPE was able to continue its service by arranging more than 7,800 medical and counseling appointments in 2020 and more than 8,000 appointments with of patients in 2021. We expect demand for our services to continue to increase. HOPE does not accept insurance or charges for the services it provides. Therefore, our ability to function depends on the generosity of our community and on fundraising and grants like this substantial grant provided by the leaders of Hidalgo County. Funding provided by Hidalgo County will allow HOPE to maintain our current level of services for the foreseeable future, expand access to health services for the most vulnerable, and avoid service cuts that had been planned for. the second half of 2022.

On behalf of the HOPE Board of Directors, our staff, our patients and myself, we express our deepest and sincere gratitude to Judge Richard Cortez for his leadership in the effort to secure this extraordinary funding, and to County Commissioners David Fuentes, City 1; Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu, City 2; Everardo “Ever” Villarreal, City 3; and Ellie Torres, Precinct 4 for their support and love for our community. HOPE is committed to continuing to serve the uninsured population of the Rio Grande Valley with excellence, integrity and respect.

HOPE invites our community to join us on Monday January 10, 2022 at 10:30 am at the HOPE Family Health Center for an honorary distinction and thanks to the Honorable Judge Richard Cortez and Hidalgo County Commissioners David Fuentes, Eduardo “Eddie” Cantu, Everardo “Ever” Villarreal and Ellie Torres.

Here are the details:

Monday, January 10, 2022

10:30 am – 11:15 am

Hope Family Health Center

2332 Jordan Road, McAllen, Texas 78503

Editor’s Note: The above column was written by Roxanne Pacheco, Executive Director of Hope Family Health Center. Pacheco, pictured above, can be contacted by email via: [email protected] The group’s website address is:

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