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Welcome Women’s Community Clinic

Welcome Women’s Community Clinic

At Vesper Society, we seek out overlooked communities and help them devise ways to create a healthy future. One of the ways we do this is by supporting the Women’s Community Clinic (the Clinic) in San Francisco. Though San Francisco is known as a thriving and prosperous city, many of its residents—especially low-income, homeless, and marginalized women—have limited or no access to preventative healthcare. The Women’s Community Clinic, founded in 1999 by a group of volunteer graduates from the UCSF School of Nursing, believes that preventive, educational care is essential to lifelong health and that all women deserve excellent healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay. The Clinic works hard to ensure that each client feels comfortable and safe in a warm and welcoming environment. Their treatments are culturally sensitive, evidence-based, and tailored to each client’s needs and circumstances. Learn more about the Clinic here. Miyoko Oshima,... Read More

Light The Way

Light The Way

Recently, we created a new brochure to celebrate Vesper Society’s 50th anniversary. We hope you’ll take a moment to read it and join us in reminiscing about our past and looking ahead to our future. Within the brochure, we see a photo of four children running across a field, evoking Ralph Waldo Emerson when he said, “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” Such is the essence of Vesper Society. Through the years, we’ve been faithful to a simple idea: a just society begins when everyone is well and respected as a human being. Our dedication to strengthening communities runs deep, and we will continue to apply our partnership approach to improve the lives of our neighbors. We look forward to introducing our fabulous partners in California to you in the coming year. During this holiday season, we are grateful to have you in our circle of friends and it gives us great comfort to know you are engaging in acts of compassion to heal our world. May we find a way towards peace. Miyoko Oshima,... Read More

Women’s Community Clinic

Women’s Community Clinic

At Vesper Society, we seek out overlooked communities and help them devise ways to create a healthy future. One of the ways we do this is by supporting the Women’s Community Clinic (the Clinic) in San Francisco. Though San Francisco is known as a thriving and prosperous city, many of its residents—especially low-income, homeless, and marginalized women—have limited or no access to preventative healthcare. The Women’s Community Clinic, founded in 1999 by a group of volunteer graduates from the UCSF School of Nursing, believes that preventive, educational care is essential to lifelong health and that all women deserve excellent healthcare, regardless of their ability to pay. The Clinic works hard to ensure that each client feels comfortable and safe in a warm and welcoming environment. Their treatments are culturally sensitive, evidence-based, and tailored to each client’s needs and circumstances. The Clinic provides a full range of client-centered clinical services including acute and chronic primary care, reproductive health services, integrated mental health counseling, and referrals to onsite prenatal care. In San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood, the Clinic’s work addresses some troubling statistics; 25% of Western Addition residents use the emergency room as their primary source of care and only 6-9% are receiving preventative healthcare. In San Francisco’s Mission District, the Clinic’s Outreach Program provides health education services to homeless and marginalized women. The Mission’s Workforce Development program and the Western Addition’s Health Training Program, which focuses on African American women, provide valuable training to the next generation of healthcare providers, leaders, and advocates, and keeps the offered services affordable for all. Today, the Clinic serves more than 4,000 San Francisco women and girls over the age of 12, of which 91% are uninsured and most are living at or below the Federal Poverty level. Vesper Society’s support allowed for the... Read More

Modoc Medical Center’s Tele-Diabetes Care Program

Modoc Medical Center’s Tele-Diabetes Care Program

Located in the rural northeastern portion of California, Modoc Medical Center (MMC) has seen to the healthcare needs of its community since 1951. A 16-bed, critical access hospital providing family practice medicine, emergency services, and physical therapy, MMC serves the residents of Alturas and the surrounding area, covering about 4,500 square miles. MMC also operates a skilled nursing facility and provides other ancillary services. MMC’s mission is to elevate the provision of healthcare by creating a partnership with its patients, employees, businesses, and community. Embedded in this mission statement is the fundamental belief that success depends on the ability to provide quality healthcare services to patients and establish the processes and culture that puts patients at the center of the work. In a community with very limited resources in helping patients manage chronic diseases, MMC developed the Comprehensive Diabetes Care Program. Vesper Society supported MMC’s expansion of this program by providing group telehealth diabetes education classes that include a diabetic educator, a dietician, and a pharmacist. This comprehensive educational approach provides patients with the knowledge they need to manage their diabetes. Through this program, MMC and Vesper sought to improve the health and well-being of Modoc County residents and to give them the tools to continue helping... Read More

50th anniversary celebration

50th anniversary celebration

Vesper Society recently held its 50th anniversary dinner at Scott’s Restaurant in Jack London Square, Oakland. Long-time friends, current board members, colleagues, and project partners gathered on a lovely summer afternoon to exchange hugs, greet new friends, and enjoy the camaraderie of fellow Vesper supporters. Attendees spanned six generations – a result of Vesper’s long history and varied pursuits – and we were all energized by a deep sense of continuity from past to present. Highlights of the evening included Barbara Varenhorst reading statements from key individuals and supporters, and stories from Vesper’s founding 50 years ago from Bob Brorby whose first-hand knowledge was inspiring to hear. I had the pleasure of walking everyone through our Vesper family photo album spanning half a century of pictures and memories. Throughout the decades we have had the opportunity and privilege to partner with volunteers, community leaders, medical professionals, and lay persons who truly amaze us with their commitment to service. In whatever way you may have supported Vesper these past 50 years – Thank you!  You have helped light the way for many people and communities. We invite you to view photographs from the celebration and we hope you enjoy the snapshots from this memorable evening. Miyoko Oshima,... Read More

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