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Shenandoah County Free Clinic receives $700,000 in federal funding


By Kim Walter -- kwalter@nvdaily.com

Gov. Bob McDonnell announced Tuesday that nine state projects, including Shenandoah County Free Clinic, will receive federal funds through the Community Development Block Grant.

The clinic will receive $700,000 of the more than $6 million that the state had to divvy up amongst projects that benefit those in the low- and moderate-income bracket.

Pam Murphy, the clinic's executive director, was "ecstatic" to hear the news, since the county almost passed on applying for the grant.

"I'm just so grateful for the government officials and other supporters who stressed how worthwhile this is for the community," she said.

The money is a large chunk of the $2 million needed to complete an expansion project at the clinic. A new facility, a former nursing home, was purchased, but needs work done to accommodate the services offered by the clinic.

The clinic, along with its sister agency, the Shenandoah Dental Clinic, provides health services to low income underinsured residents of the county. Murphy said due to space and operational limitations, deserving citizens have been turned away.

"We plan to double the space and essentially serve twice as many people as we do now," she said.

In a year, the clinic sees over 2,000 visitors. The expansion will allow for more room in both the medical and dental clinics, and will also expand the staff by about 50 percent, Murphy added.

The plans for the new building have been under way for sometime, and now with the new funding, Murphy said she hopes to go out to bid for construction within the next month.

"We'd like to see the entire project done by the end of next year, which is very ambitious," she said.

The rest of the funds will have to come from fundraising and sponsors, she added.

"The people that we serve are those that have typically hit rock bottom and have never asked for help before...life is just bearing down on them," Murphy said. "This is a worthy project and I'm so glad others recognized that."




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I thought Uncle Bobbie didn't take Obama's money.....Let alone money or Health Care.

I know good, hard-working people in Shenandoah County who are having a hard time making it and unable to afford health insurance, who really rely on The Free Clinic for their health needs. This is good news. Of course, with no thanks to "Bob" and the other Republicans in Congress who, if they get to have their way, would like to cut more and more---on programs for those who aren't the super rich.

I am glad that this grant money from the Federal Govenment specified that the $6 million given to the state is to be divided up for programs to those in the low and moderate income bracket. Or else, "good ole Bob" would probably have used that money toward his budget so he could "crow" about how fiscally responsible he is.

This is definitely a BIG Thank You to Governor McDonnell! He had other options. SCFC is blessed to be the recipient of these monies.

Yes, the governor IS fiscally responsible...thank goodness...it is about time we had someone that is looking out for the best interests of Virginians instead of going on a spending spree. When Gov. McDonnell took office, he faced difficult financial decisions...cuts needed to be made in ALL areas. Programs that are available are being paid for by the rich and middle class...the people that actually WORK and pay taxes (just say THANK YOU). The majority elects these public servants to look out for Viginia's best interests (obviously there are too few working class Americans to 'put' someone in the white house that is also fiscally responsible).

Regardless of politics, SCFC is a worthy recipient. Lets all ban together and raise the rest of the money (volunteer if you can't make a monetary contribution)!!!

JansBest, I would not be so quick to brag about Gov. McDonnell being so "fiscally responsible" without looking at all of the facts.

In a March 2011 speech, McDonnell bragged that with a $6 billion budget deficit in Virginia "he closed this by cutting spending, not raising taxes". According to PolitiFact/Virginia Richmond Times-Dispatch, that statement is rated MOSTLY FALSE. True, taxes did not go up, but he was not being truthful. According to PolitiFact, "spending reductions amounted to 2.34 billion of the sum, with the rest coming through bookeeping maneuvers, and federal stimulus dollars". Most of that 2.34 billion cuts came from reductions in state agencies and trimming benefits for state employees. The transfers and bookeeping manuevers? Some were: $850 million from scheduled contributions to the state pension, he withdrew $783 million from the state's rainy day fund. He also used debt to finance some construction projects that were to be paid in cash, as well as moving up the deadline for businesses to submit sales tax receipts to create an extra collection in 2010 and moving money from self-supporting programs into the state's general fund to help pay for education, health programs, and public safety." On top of that, "Virginia received 1.9 billion in federal stimulus payments. Of the money, 1.1 billion defrayed rising Medicaid costs, and $800 million bolstered public schools". Fiscally responsible? Looks to me like this is nothing more than "smoke and mirrors". Looking out for the best interest of Virginians? Not according to me when some of these things will eventually have to be paid up.

Did you really say "programs being paid for by the rich and middle class----those people who actually WORK and pay taxes'-----" ?? All I can say is, you have those Republican Right Wing talking points down pat or else you are living in another universe. What a slap in the face for the many families working hard at their jobs and in some cases two jobs and still can hardly keep their head above water. We know the middle class has gotten smaller and with the Republicans fighting for tax cuts for the richest Americans while at the same time advocating cuts in programs aimed at helping the MIDDLE CLASS as well as the poor, we will see even more of a contraction of the middle class and even more people requiring help.

JansBest, I would not be so quick to brag about Gov. McDonnell being so "fiscally responsible" without looking at all of the facts.

In a March 2011 speech, McDonnell bragged that with a $6 billion budget deficit in Virginia "he closed this by cutting spending, not raising taxes". According to PolitiFact/Virginia Richmond Times-Dispatch, that statement is rated MOSTLY FALSE. True, taxes did not go up, but he was not being truthful. According to PolitiFact, "spending reductions amounted to 2.34 billion of the sum, with the rest coming through bookeeping maneuvers, and federal stimulus dollars". Most of that 2.34 billion cuts came from reductions in state agencies and trimming benefits for state employees. The transfers and bookeeping manuevers? Some were: $850 million from scheduled contributions to the state pension, he withdrew $783 million from the state's rainy day fund. He also used debt to finance some construction projects that were to be paid in cash, as well as moving up the deadline for businesses to submit sales tax receipts to create an extra collection in 2010 and moving money from self-supporting programs into the state's general fund to help pay for education, health programs, and public safety." On top of that, "Virginia received 1.9 billion in federal stimulus payments. Of the money, 1.1 billion defrayed rising Medicaid costs, and $800 million bolstered public schools". Fiscally responsible? Looks to me like this is nothing more than "smoke and mirrors". Looking out for the best interest of Virginians? Not according to me when some of these things will eventually have to be paid up.

Did you really say "programs being paid for by the rich and middle class----those people who actually WORK and pay taxes'-----" ?? All I can say is, you have those Republican Right Wing talking points down pat or else you are living in another universe. What a slap in the face for the many families working hard at their jobs and in some cases two jobs and still can hardly keep their head above water. We know the middle class has gotten smaller and with the Republicans fighting for tax cuts for the richest Americans while at the same time advocating cuts in programs aimed at helping the MIDDLE CLASS as well as the poor, we will see even more of a contraction of the middle class and even more people requiring help.



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