Being a good neighbor
“Do people know their neighbors anymore?” This is the question we posed to ourselves recently. And to be honest, we knew some, but not enough. So we decided to change that; we set out to get to know our neighbors in a real, practical way.
Last week, we offered on-site female health screenings at St. Margaret’s Center, just down the street from our Inglewood clinic. St. Margaret’s Center offers skill development and material goods to help individuals achieve economic security, and combined with the pregnancy, parenting, and women’s health services offered by Claris, it’s a natural fit. Both agencies desire to serve the community in practical ways.
Being a good neighbor is as simple as getting out there and being kind.
The Uber for Reproductive Healthcare
Our goal for the day was to be on the ground providing general health services for those in need and connecting them to our additional medical, mental health and support services. With our women’s health screenings, we opened up the daunting healthcare conversation and provided care right on the spot. For some, we provided trustworthy referrals, for others, we simply created awareness of health issues, offered guidance, and provided immediate support. Offering basic assessments proved to be a needed step forward, as many have not had access to healthcare at all or for a long time.
Good neighbors lend a hand wherever it’s needed. And on this day, being neighborly included much beyond our passion for women’s health. There was lots of other good neighborliness going on: a food pantry, services for the elderly, ESL classes, immigration processing, and so much more offered by St. Margaret’s Center.
Accessibility and real, human conversations can go a long way to meeting needs…and making new friends.
We're In This Together
When there are people suffering in the community, we all do. We believe that getting to know one another and offering assistance is the first step to a thriving community. If you’re looking to hold an event in the community or want to collaborate for the greater good, we want to connect! And if you are facing an unintended pregnancy or other sexual health concerns, we are here to walk the journey with you.