More than 95 years of volunteerism helps keep Houston healthy at San José Clinic

March 27, 2018

Volunteers from Project Hope administer vaccines in Angleton as part of San José Clinic’s Hurricane Harvey relief work. Photo courtesy San José Clinic.

HOUSTON — It all began in 1922 with the vision of Monsignor George T. Walsh, a $50 donation from the Charity Guild of Catholic Women and the service of volunteers from the community. Fueled by a hope of breaking down barriers to healthcare for the underserved and caring for Houston’s growing population, San José Clinic was born.

For the last 95 years, volunteers have been working alongside clinic staff to drive the continued growth and success of the charity care clinic. The value of the total volunteer support provided to the clinic last year was more than $1 million – an enormous blessing for the charity, which receives no governmental funding of any kind.

San José Clinic’s legacy of volunteerism continues today. During 2017, the clinic’s 95th year of service, they welcomed more than 950 volunteers. These volunteers come from a wide variety of groups, careers and backgrounds to provide both direct patient care and indirect patient support at the Clinic.

“San José Clinic truly relies on our dedicated volunteers to ensure that we can continue to provide quality comprehensive care to the uninsured and uninsurable in our community throughout the year,” said Paule Anne Lewis, San José Clinic president and CEO. “Their service was especially impactful during Hurricane Harvey recovery, when more than 200 volunteers delivered care and assisted patients through the Clinic.”

Lewis said the clinic was blessed “welcome so many community-minded volunteers every year as we work towards our 100th year serving Houston, including our 2017 Volunteer of the Year, Dr. Michael Zionts. After a fruitful career of more than two decades in the Texas Medical Center, Dr. Zionts began volunteering at the Clinic. In just four years of volunteer work, Dr. Zionts provided nearly 1,000 hours of service to our patients.”

This April, San José Clinic is set to thank their dedicated supporters during Volunteer Appreciation Month. During April, 98 volunteers are set to receive the President’s Award for volunteering more than 100 hours in the past year. The honorees include students, healthcare providers, retired professionals and community members from throughout southeast Texas.

The value of all the clinic’s volunteers’ donations of time and talent are far more than monetary for San José Clinic – the impact is truly priceless, and the clinic is always looking to add new members to their team of volunteers.

San José Clinic’s state-of-the-art facility has the capacity to serve more patients, however more volunteers are required to ensure that quality comprehensive care an affordable reality for more people. Clinic volunteers include those who are a doctor, dentist, pharmacist, translator, or who simply want to give back.

For more information on how to get involved, contact Volunteer Services Administrator at Estelle Luckenbach at 713-228-9413 or volunteer@sanjoseclinic.org, or visit www.sanjoseclinic.org/volunteer.

Annual San José Clinic’s Art with Heart set for May 5, honors Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner

HOUSTON — The 11th annual Art with Heart will be held on Saturday, May 5 at the Houston Studio, located at 3118 Harrisburg Blvd. in Houston.

The annual event, which benefits San José Clinic, will honor Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner with the Portrait of Compassion Award for his dedication to the patients and families served by the clinic through his commitment to the safety and fair treatment of immigrants and the vulnerable workers in our city.

Art with Heart, San José Clinic’s signature event, features silent auctions of museum-quality pieces, artwork from talented local and renowned artists, beautiful jewelry, and unique experiences on the Big Board and more.

All proceeds from Art with Heart support San José Clinic, providing quality, affordable healthcare to the uninsured in Houston since 1922. Through the generosity of Art with Heart supporters, more than 4,000 were provided healthcare last year.

For tickets and sponsorships, visit, www.sanjoseclinic.org/artwithheart. †