(PORTLAND, OR) December 6, 2021 – Medical Teams International is working to replace its fleet of aging vehicles that help deliver hope and healing throughout the Pacific Northwest. The organization is pleased to report that it has been awarded $400,000 for its Vehicle Replacement Campaign from the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation.

The Foundation’s generous gift will be used for the purchase of two new mobile health clinic vehicles. $300,000 will be granted immediately and in 2022 another $100,000 will be given to support the purchase of more vehicles and to leverage additional funds raised for vehicle replacement. Over the next five years, Medical Teams is aiming to replace 10 vehicles.

Medical Teams has been serving communities throughout Oregon and Washington state since 1989. The organization provides free emergency dental care and COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Medical Teams’ Care & Connect Mobile Clinics provide care on-site services at shelters, community kitchens, farms, schools, or wherever the needs may be.

Mobile Health Clinics are an innovative model of healthcare delivery that help alleviate health disparities in vulnerable populations and individuals with chronic diseases. Medical Teams strives to improve access to care for communities of color, immigrant and refugee populations, individuals who are experiencing homelessness as well as those who are uninsured or underinsured, undocumented, or otherwise experiencing barriers to care. Thanks to the support of its valued partners, the services Medical Teams provides are free of charge to those in need.

“Medical Teams is so thankful to receive this generous gift from the Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation,” said Martha Newsome, Medical Teams President & CEO. “Every day, we see how important it is to continue reaching those who are unable to access affordable health care. Especially as the pandemic has impacted so many lives, we know the services we are providing are more important than ever.”

“The Marie Lamfrom Charitable Foundation is thrilled to support Medical Teams’ mission of offering emergency and COVID-related care to refugees, disaster survivors, mothers, and children – especially here in the Pacific Northwest,” said Tyler Hobbs, Director of Foundation Operations. “With this partnership, Medical Teams will be able to replace essential mobile clinic vehicles in Oregon and Washington, thereby continuing to provide critical on-site care for many years to come.”

About Medical Teams International

Founded in 1979, Medical Teams International provides life-saving medical care for people in crisis, such as survivors of natural disasters and refugees. We care for the whole person— physical, emotional, social and spiritual. Daring to love like Jesus, we serve all people—regardless of religion, nationality, sex or race. Learn more at medicalteams.org and on social media using @medicalteams.

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