To show Christ's love by providing free healthcare to those in need.
Healing and hope for the hurting.
Safe Harbor Free Clinic (SHFC) began as the vision of a family practitioner who, when returning from a medical mission to Haiti, expressed concern that free medical care was not available to the underserved his own community. He asked the question, "If free care can be provided in Haiti, why not at home?" As a result SHFC was founded in October, 2008. An enthusiastic group of volunteers formed a planning committee and set strategies in place. The free medical walk-in clinic opened on June 19, 2009, just 8 months after beginning the quest. Medical care was offered the first and third Friday evening of every month! Since that time, comprehensive healthcare services have been provided to almost 6,500 under/uninsured individuals.
The need for care became so great that, in March 2011, the clinic moved to operating every Friday of the month. Even after of doubling the hours of availability, providers and volunteers understood the need was much greater than ever anticipated. Forty percent (40%) of patients seen struggled to manage their diabetes. In response, our Chronic Care Clinic opened in May 2011. Patients with diabetes, hypertension, and thyroid conditions could make an appointment. Our Podiatry clinic soon followed and laboratory services were secured in September 2011. Women's Health Clinic opened February 2012.
SHFC serves residents primarily from Snohomish, Skagit and Island counties. Over 70,000 people have no access to affordable healthcare in these areas. SHFC is the only "brick and mortar" free clinic located between Seattle and the Canadian border. The clinic was initially housed in the Skagit Regional Clinic building in Stanwood. Due to the continued need for free healthcare, SHFC secured its own medical facility and opened the doors in August 2014. With the support of over 110 volunteers and providers, our facility offers several specialty clinics in addition to our regular Same-Day clinics.
Together, we show Christ's love by providing free healthcare to those in need, bringing healing and hope for the hurting.