Community health clinic forced to make cutbacks

Photo Credit: KLFY

The Lafayette Community Health Care Clinic has run low on funds and services are being cut back at the clinic.

The doors will no longer be open to anyone.

As of January 25, only Lafayette Parish residents will be eligible for assistance.

It’s a tragedy for hundreds of people who have been coming to get help.

The clinic’s executive director, Skyra Rideaux, said it’s heartbreaking but the funds just aren’t there.

Therefore, Rideaux explained they just have to stay true to their original mission of catering to the eligible working uninsured in Lafayette Parish.

“On a yearly basis, it’s costing us about a couple $100,000 a year for the building, the operations and to be able to provide those services and care to our patients. That quality care that we give to them,” Rideaux told KLFY’s Renee Allen.

The executive director of the clinic would not go into detail about the source of the cut in funds.

She appreciates those who are no longer able to give because they have helped to keep the clinic afloat.

“We are always open and willing to accept donations. Again, we get no federal or state funding.  We are completely community supported and volunteer driven,” Rideaux said.

She added that at this point all the staff can do is remain hopeful that help will come, “Yet there is always the chance. If someone wants to step up and take on that mantle and help support us, we are more than welcome to that.”

Rideaux invites those who are interested in making a donation to contact her at LCHCC or donate through the clinic’s website.

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