Charity of the week
Founded in 1988, Fourth Street Clinic (fourthstreetclinic.org) gives medical care to Utah’s homeless population. The charity began as a response to Salt Lake City’s demolition of single-room occupancy hotels, which fueled the homeless crisis. Starting as a small office, Fourth Street grew into a full-fledged clinic offering primary health, dental, and on-site and off-site specialty care. Uninsured homeless men, women, and children can see a doctor at no charge, and volunteers also help coordinate referrals for them to see social workers, get help at drug-treatment centers, and find temporary or permanent housing. Last year, Fourth Street Clinic served almost 5,000 homeless people, with more than 27,000 visitors. This year, the charity launched a mobile clinic to bring medical services to shelters across the city.
Each charity we feature has earned a four-star overall rating from Charity Navigator, which rates not-for-profit organizations on the strength of their finances, their governance practices, and the transparency of their operations. Four stars is the group’s highest rating. ■