Strengthening the Safety Net Grant

When someone you love needs to see a doctor and doesn’t have health insurance, it can be very scary. Michigan safety net clinics can help. They treat illnesses or chronic diseases for free or at very low-cost. Blue Cross is pleased to support free clinics through our Strengthening the Safety Net grant program to help those who are vulnerable to get the care they need when they need it most.

Since 2005, we've awarded more than $16 million in grants so safety net clinics can care for the uninsured and underinsured.

Strengthening the Safety Net with Hope Clinic in Wayne and Washtenaw Counties

Hope Clinic provides free medical and dental care, social work services, laundry facilities, food and baby care items to those in need in Wayne and Ypsilanti. In the last year alone, the clinics met more than 50,000 requests for help in Southeast Michigan.

How does Hope Clinic do it? With a very clear vision and over 1,000 volunteers. In their own words, “At Hope, we see the whole person and treat them with dignity and respect. They are worthy of the best we have to offer.”

Hope Clinic responded decisively to the coronavirus pandemic. As infection rates rose, schools closed and workers were furloughed, Hope Clinic tripled the size of the food program to meet the growing need. Volunteers packed up meals and delivered groceries.

In the words of one patient, “Hope Clinic not only saved my life, they helped me find a future.”

Blue Cross’ partnership with Hope Clinic and nearly 50 other free clinics in Michigan is a source of tremendous pride. Together, the Strengthening the Safety Net grantees serve as a lifeline for over 50,000 uninsured and underinsured patients, their families and communities.