Clinic business

His Hands raises $1.8 million for clinic expansion in Cedar Rapids

Dawn Brouwers, executive director of His Hands Free Clinic in Cedar Rapids, cuts a ribbon Tuesday to signify the end of the fundraising campaign to repay a loan on a new, larger clinic building at 1245 Second Ave. SE. The clinic provides health care to people without insurance. (Emily Andersen/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — His hands-free clinic in Cedar Rapids announced Tuesday the conclusion of his “Great Need.” Great Care,” which raised $1.82 million to allow the clinic to move to a larger building.

The clinic, which provides free health care and dental services to people without insurance, has moved to 1245 Second Ave. SE in June 2020. The building was purchased with a loan from one of the clinic’s donors, according to Dawn Brouwers, executive director of the nonprofit clinic.

A $1.5 million fundraising campaign was launched to repay the loan and expand services. A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Tuesday to signify that the goal had been exceeded and to allow donors to tour the building.

“In January, when we hit $1.5 (million), I couldn’t believe it,” Brouwers said. “And our board said, ‘We have a lot of donors that we haven’t asked yet, so let’s see what happens. So we kept asking, and people were very responsive.

The new clinic, she said, has more space, allowing departments to work more efficiently.

The clinic has also added mental health services to its health care options, which include medical care, dental care, chiropractic care and physiotherapy.

“Our job is to help people not only increase their self-esteem and confidence, but also to give them hope,” Brouwers said at the inauguration.

Brouwers said the clinic is still planning its new space and deciding where to use the funds raised beyond the original goal.

“Are we going to add more dental hours? Are we adding more medical hours? And what will the cost be? said Brouwers. “It was a planned trial and error.”

The clinic is still accepting donations through its website and is always looking for volunteers to help with operations.

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