The mission of the AmeriCares Free Clinics is to provide quality health care to low-income, uninsured patients in a setting where all individuals are treated with dignity and respect.
AmeriCares founder Bob Macauley opened our first clinic in 1994 to expand access to care for the working poor. Over the years, our program has grown to become the largest free clinic network in the state with four locations serving 3,000 patients annually. Today, our clinics in Bridgeport, Danbury, Norwalk and Stamford are a lifeline for low-income uninsured residents from across Fairfield County.
We care for patients with diabetes, hypertension, asthma and other chronic conditions, as well as provide treatment for minor injuries and sudden illnesses like the flu. Without our services, many would rely on emergency rooms for primary care services – or worse – delay care until they have a medical emergency. Over the years, 26,000 of our neighbors in need have received more than $65 million in free health care services.
Terri McCartney, Associate Director
Mary Balkun, Manager, Clinics Administration
Lorraine Larkin, Associate, Volunteer Services
Laura Galusha, Data Manager
Dina Valenti, Clinic Director
Judy Hottle, Assistant Director
Anne Darby, Nurse Practitioner
Mary Beth Fessler, Nurse Practitioner
John Weggeman, Administrative Assistant
Christine Regan, Administrative Assistant
Karen Johnstone, Administrative Assistant
Katherine Kinasewicz, Administrative Assistant
Sonia Kieras, Staff Nurse
Barbara McCabe, Clinic Director
Linda Russell, Assistant Director
Gail Banigan, Patient Care Coordinator
Cathy Sheehan, Clinic Director
Karina Rodriguez, Patient Care Coordinator
Diana Lindahl, Nurse Practitioner
Muguette Maignan, Clinic Director
Saleska Quesada, Patient Care Coordinator
Julie Hetherington, Nurse Practitioner
Charles Jones, Bus Driver
The AmeriCares Free Clinics were established in 1994 to serve the medical needs of the working poor. We are a 501 (c)(3) organization, separate but affiliated with AmeriCares Foundation.
November 1, 1994
The first AmeriCares Free Clinic opens in the South Norwalk Community Center at 98 South Main St.
January 15, 1997
The AmeriCares Free Clinic of Danbury opens in the basement of Ives Manor in downtown Danbury.
May 3, 2003
The AmeriCares mobile clinic begins making weekly stops at the Newfield branch of the Bridgeport Public Library.
September 25, 2007
The AmeriCares Free Clinic of Bridgeport moves to a permanent location in the Wheeler Community Center and is renamed the Weisman AmeriCares Free Clinic of Bridgeport in honor of longtime supporter and AmeriCares board member Fred Weisman.
May 28, 2009
The Danbury clinic moves to a new location at 76 West Street and is renamed the Boehringer Ingelheim AmeriCares Free Clinic of Danbury.
June 22, 2011
The Norwalk clinic is renamed in honor of AmeriCares founder Bob Macauley who passed away the previous December .
January 7, 2014
The AmeriCares Free Clinic of Stamford goes on the road making stops three days a week at local community centers.