On Monday, March 1, 1971, the Free Clinic of Simi Valley opened its doors and began providing medical services for those in need; and over the years services were expanded to include dental, legal, and family counseling. In a span of 50 years the Free Clinic has helped more than 400,000 patients and clients. On an annual basis, the Clinic provides services valued at approximately $750,000. It is thanks to the generosity of thousands of donors that the Clinic has been able to sustain this level of service over the last five decades to the community.
The COVID-19 pandemic has created hardships for so many families. Now more than ever, the Free Clinic’s role in the community is essential and in celebration of the 50 Year Anniversary we are launching our $50,000 for 50 Years Campaign. We are asking for your support in raising $50,000, which will cover the costs to provide help for more than 1,200 patients in one year. No donation is too small - $5, $50, $500, $1,000; and we are seeking donors willing to match donations dollar for dollar in amounts of $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 or larger.
Donations can be made online at www.freeclinic.com/support-us or mail to:
Free Clinic of Simi Valley
$50,000 for 50 Years Campaign
2003 Royal Ave
Simi Valley, CA 93065
To all of our loyal supporters – Thank You for “Saying Yes” for the last 50 years.
KCLU's Lance Orozco sits down to discuss the Free Clinic of Simi Valley's 50th Anniversary with Free Clinic Executive Director, Fred Bauermeister.
Lance Orozco (LO): Stan Frgacic was having a tough time. The simi valley man was hit by the loss of his job and his divorce which left him squeezed financially.
Stan Frgacic (SF): I found myself out of a job. I found myself without insurance and I was on medication. I was on a statin for cholesterol. I was just like, you know what, I can't afford health insurance on my own. It's just way too expensive. I was just like [being] between a rock and a hard place.
LO: There was a clinic in his neighborhood. It was the Free Clinic of Simi Valley. He wondered maybe it could help.