Women of Worth clinic needs pub­lic sup­port to stay open

To help, come to tonight’s sip and stroke fundraiser

Rome News-Tribune - - NEWS - By John Popham [email protected]

“Strug­gling” is the word the of­fice man­ager of Women of Worth used to de­scribe the or­ga­ni­za­tion that serves at­cost health clin­ics and over 4,000 in­di­vid­ual pa­tients in the North­west Ge­or­gia area.

Kris­ten Shee­ley said the small clinic on Dean Av­enue de­pends on fundrais­ers like the one hap­pen­ing tonight at Swerve: Off the Path to keep the non­profit afloat. Swerve is of­fer­ing a sip and stroke event be­gin­ning at 5 p.m., and will be do­nat­ing half of its pro­ceeds to WOW so they can con­tinue help­ing men, women and teens with re­pro­duc­tive health and fam­ily plan­ning.

Par­tic­i­pants of the sip and stroke event will cre­ate mo­saics, Shee­ley said. A mo­saic is when an artist takes col­or­ful pieces of pot­tery and ap­plies them to a medium; ex­am­ples can be viewed on the Swerve: Off the Path Face­book page. En­try to the event is $40 said Shee­ley, the money is split with the stu­dio and WOW. Snacks, wine and ma­te­ri­als are cov­ered by the en­try fee. She said this is the fourth fundraiser Swerve has done for WOW, some­thing Shee­ley re­ally ap­pre­ci­ates since, due to a small staff and limited funds, she is not re­ally able to plan large fundrais­ers.

“It would be great if some­one else could host a fundraiser for us,” she said. She added the or­ga­ni­za­tion has been “nick­e­l­ing and dim­ing” these smaller fundrais­ers.

The 10-year-old non­profit re­ceives some fed­eral money but no lo­cal city or county funds. The clinic of­fers af­ford­able health care for those who can’t af­ford ba­sic health needs at a reg­u­lar clinic or even the health de­part­ment.

“One rea­son we are open is that there is not ac­cess to af­ford­able re­pro­duc­tive health care,” Shee­ley said.

A birth con­trol shot at the health de­part­ment is $150 for a teenager or woman, and is needed to be given four times a year to be ef­fec­tive, Shee­ley said. That to­tals $600 a year just to pre­vent preg­nancy; WOW ad­min­is­ters those shots for $35 each she said.

WOW also of­fers birth con­trol vis­its, at cost birth con­trol pre­scrip­tions, Pap smears, an­nual ex­ams, some STD test­ing, preg­nancy tests and coun­sel­ing, birth con­trol implant and IUD re­movals, pre-preg­nancy plan­ning, labs and more. WOW does not see pa­tients with pri­vate in­sur­ance or Med­i­caid since it fo­cuses on pa­tients with fi­nan­cial is­sues. For more in­for­ma­tion about the clinic or to sched­ule ap­point­ments call 706-232-3408. To sup­port WOW come to the sip and stroke event tonight at Swerve in the Cot­ton Block at 108 Broad St.

Kris­ten Shee­ley

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