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Homeless Health Care Nonprofit Celebrates New Name
September 2016
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A Seattle-based nonprofit that has been providing free health care to people experiencing homelessness and low income for more than 15 years is inviting the public to their fall fundraiser taking place Sept. 30 and themed “Enchantment … with Care.” The event will be held from 7-9 p.m. in the downstairs event space at Seattle’s Melrose Market, 1532 Minor Ave. Tickets cost $75 and reservations are requested by Sept. 23. The themed event, sponsored by Tuxedos and Tennis Shoes, will offer musical and performance entertainment, complimentary wine, tapas and dessert, and a silent auction featuring a variety of items and experiences. Integrative Care Outreach, which recently changed its name from Alternative Healthcare Access Campaign, offers naturopathic medicine, acupuncture and massage at homeless, low-income and transitional communities including Frye Apartments, a low-income housing building in downtown Seattle; Peace for the Streets by Kids from the Streets on Capitol Hill; ROOTS Young Adult Shelter in the University District; Tent City 3 (location changes every 90 days) andCountry Doctor Youth Clinic on Capitol Hill. The nonprofit group’s licensed health care providers currently offer these services once a month, but with help from donors, the hope is to increase these services to provide more consistent care for its clients. “In medicine, frequency, duration and reliability are important aspects of healing,” said Ellen Sims, LMP, executive director of Integrative Care Outreach. “With serious conditions, when resources are limited and life is unstable, the increase of these aspects are even more crucial. Not to mention it is about the only way to track outcomes with a transient population.” The organization’s new name, Integrative Care Outreach, embraces a shift in the holistic health care industry. “One constant in life is change, and when AHAC hit its 15th year, it was apparent that we must make changes while keeping the mission our focus,” Sims said. “I recently spoke with one of the co-founders of the organization, and she was very pleased and grateful for the change. This whole process has really stimulated growth for our organization and the need for our services.”

To buy tickets for the Sept. 30 event: Eventbrite. For more information or to sign up for the group’s e-newsletters, go to IntegrativeCareOutreach.org or to its Facebook page, Facebook.com/IntegrativeCareOutreach.