As a vital part of Western Pennsylvania’s health care safety net, and rooted in the Gospel and social teachings of the Catholic Church, we provide free, comprehensive care to uninsured and underinsured individuals, welcoming all with dignity, regardless of religious affiliation.
Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center uses a Volunteers in Medicine model with an established identity that assures access to our comprehensive continuum of care model for vulnerable populations.
Responding to a growing need for primary health care for the region’s working uninsured and underinsured, Catholic Charities opened the doors to the Free Health Care Center in November 2007. Generous support from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the foundation community, corporations, and individual donors funded the construction and initial operation of the Center.
Established as a Volunteers in Medicine facility, Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center recruited volunteer medical and dental professionals who quickly responded to the call to serve and were eager to give back to their neighbors in need. Due to the demand for services and because we are blessed with an abundance of skilled healthcare volunteers, the Center was able to expand operations from three to five days a week within the first three months of operation.
Catholic Charities Free Health Care Center relies on donations of cash, supplies and volunteer time to sustain operations. Essential program costs are funded entirely through foundations, grants and donations from individuals.