Year-end giving

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Wed, 2014-12-31

Every year at this time we share a story that demonstrates the values of Neighborcare Health. This year’s letter comes from Alfreda Lanier, dental hygienist at Neighborcare Health at Rainier Beach. We hope you are as moved by her dedication to public health as we were. Thank you!



Dear Friends,

In my heart I've been at Neighborcare since I was nine years old. I remember being in the emergency room, lying on my mother's lap, fading in and out of consciousness, hearing the staff repeatedly ask my mother "How are you paying for this?" I wasn't sure what all that felt like to my mother but I know now that her dignity had to have been diminished.

I knew, at age nine, that something had to be wrong with that and something's got to be better.
Today I'm a dental hygienist at Neighborcare Health. I've always known that I wanted to be in healthcare, and I wanted to be at a place like this, where the most important question we ask is how can we help you, not how will you pay.

You may not know just how important your support is, but I see the impact every day. Your generosity provides comprehensive medical and dental care-regardless of a patient's insurance status or ability to pay. Our patients are able to maintain their dignity along with their health because we focus on their care.

Will you consider making a gift of $100 to Neighborcare Health today to support our work? Click here to donate.

I know what it's like to not be able to pay. I remember being less than a mile from four hospitals and feeling we could not walk through the doors and get care. With your help we can provide a healthcare home where no one has to feel unwelcome, or diminished, when asking for the help they need. Thank you for making our community a better place for everyone.

Alfreda Lanier
Neighborcare Health Dental Hygienist

P.S. Thank you for making your gift today. If you donate at you can make a gift in honor or memory of a loved one or as a holiday gift, and generate your own e-card to let them know.