The idea for a local medical clinic to serve the "working poor," or those who are employed but cannot afford insurance, came out of a mid- 1997 discussion among members of the Abingdon Episcopal Church outreach committee. Enthusiasm for the idea spread from the church members to the community, including local medical professionals.
The Gloucester-Mathews Free Clinic was started in December 1997 when supporters kicked off a $74,000 drive for funds to establish the Clinic and cover its expenses through 1998. Peggy Bowditch was a co-director of the Campaign. The Campaign got a boost when Riverside Walter Reed Hospital contributed a matching grant of $25,000 and use of its former satellite facility at Gloucester Point. The Campaign surpassed its goal in March 1998.
Judy Remsberg was the first paid Executive Director, Fred Arnold, M.D. was the first volunteer Medical Director, and Rick Allen was the first Pharmacist.
In 2005, the Clinic became a partner forming the Greater Virginia Peninsula Consortium of Free Clinics, which works with the Lackey Free Clinic in Yorktown, H.E.L.P. Free Clinic in Hampton, and Peninsula Christian Free Clinic in Newport News.
In 2014, the Clinic moved to it's new location at 6031 Industrial Drive. Around this time the Clinic updated its name from "Free Clinic" to "Care Clinic."
Eligibility to become a Patient
To qualify for services, patients must have no medical insurance, have family income at or less that 200% of the poverty level and reside within Gloucester or Mathews Counties. Patients are screened for eligibility prior to receiving services and every 6 months thereafter. The screening process requires proper identification, verification of all sources of income and sources of income. Audits concerning proper screening are conducted periodically by the pharmaceutical companies that provide free medications.
The mission of the Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic is to provide community-based healthcare for the residents of Gloucester and Mathews Counties who lack health insurance or enough income to pay for it. Our goal is to provide this care through the efforts of volunteers and paid professionals and support staff, and through contributions.
Gloucester-Mathews Care Clinic is committed to everyone from Gloucester and Mathews Counties having Access to Basic Healthcare, including: Medical, Dental and Patient Education.