By: Jackie Jankewic
Back in 2021, the Parker Family Health Clinic in Red Bank was a building bursting at the seams. The free health care facility — which serves Monmouth County residents without medical insurance or the ability to pay for medical care — had maximized every available inch of space. That’s when Parker, a volunteer-based organization, embarked on a capital campaign for a long overdue and much-needed expansion and renovation.
The $107,500 grant from Impact 100 Jersey Coast was one of the first major commitments Parker received. It was amazing that our grant had such a huge ripple effect! Today, Parker has nearly reached its campaign goal of $5 million and the construction on the new addition is well underway, with the second floor and roof completed. Renovations in the existing facility are also proceeding, and the entire project is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2024.
Greater Capacity to Deliver
The expansion will add exam rooms, space for blood-drawing and vaccinations, and private spaces for counseling, intakes, and telehealth. This increased caregiving capacity will allow Parker to better meet the demand for services, which is up about 25 percent since 2021.
“The Impact grant was so important in the early stages of our capital campaign. You believed in Parker – our leadership and our vision – and kick started our campaign! We will always be grateful for the investment Impact 100 made in us and our ability to meet the needs of the medically underserved today and in the future,” said Suzy Dyer, Executive Director, Parker Family Health Clinic.