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A Safe and Healthy Community
United Way is dedicated to everyone being safe from abuse and violence, having access to affordable, high-quality health care, and having support as they age.
Safe & Healthy Community Council volunteers recently focused on mental health issues to help individuals, families and youth connect to available resources and to expand peer supports for people living with mental illness.
|United Way Funded Strategy||Number of Local People Served|
|Providing health care and preventative care to uninsured, low income, and youth||2,893|
|Helping survivors of violence and working to prevent violence||7,314|
|Serving elders with respite care and companionship||1,179|
|Responding to emergencies and health crises||2,353|
Accessing Health Care: Help Paying for Needed Prescriptions
Local lobsterman Cameron Gilliam’s family has been fishing from Small Point for generations. “I love it,” says Cameron. He tried some other jobs, and even went to Salt Lake City for a while, but found “there’s no place like home.”
Diagnosed at the age of three with juvenile diabetes, the monthly cost of insulin and supplies had become a real hardship when Cameron as a young adult no longer had health insurance coverage. “My parents and I did not know where to turn for help.”
He was referred to the OASIS Health Network for assistance. Through its Community Prescription Assistance Program Cameron was able to obtain the supplies and both types of insulin he requires on a regular basis.
“It’s definitely been a blessing, that’s for sure,” says Cameron, who is able to keep up the rigorous work of a lobsterman. “I don’t know what we would do without the help of this program.”
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