The Hartland Free Clinic is celebrating its fifth year of providing spiritual and recuperative services to the county’s poor and ailing.
The clinic, hosted by the Oakwood and Westbrook churches jointly, continues to expand its services, thanks to partnerships with local professionals, schools and various government departments.
The Oakwood Church, 3041 Oakwood Rd., will be providing free medical, chiropractic, vision and massage care from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 5. Also available will be haircuts, job search assessments, mental health and spiritual counseling, legal assistance, food and prayer.
The Westbrook Church, 1100 Highway 83, will be providing on-site and off-site dental care, as well as family photos, food, toiletries and prayer.
Free shuttle service will be available for Waukesha residents at 8 a.m. at the Hope Center, 502 N. East Ave., and the Barstow Building, 210 N. Barstow St. Shuttles will return to Waukesha at 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.
Oakwood Church event coordinator Carol LaCasse said about 450 volunteers will be on site to help families and individuals navigate the various service booths.
“We have coordinators for all these different areas,” she said. “These professional people from different areas are kind of overseeing their own mini-clinics.”
LaCasse said dental care is one of the most popular services. In previous years, volunteers have found residents in need of root canals waiting outside the church at 7 a.m.
Rachel Stricker, coordinator for Westbrook Church, said the clinic has partnered with North Lake Family Dentistry, Cloud Nine in Hartland and Pewaukee Dental to provide services, which can include teeth extractions and fillings.
Residents who cannot be treated Saturday will receive a voucher so that they can receive free dental care at Waukesha County Technical College.
“Even though we live in Lake Country, there are so many people who need free medical care, who need free dental care, who are utilizing pantry services in the community,” Stricker said. “If we can bring them here for services, that is wonderful.”
LaCasse said that the churches see a lot of residents from Waukesha and many Hispanic families seeking treatment. The churches will have signs posted in both English and Spanish and a college has volunteered students from its medical interpreter program to help bridge the language barrier.
Stricker said the churches last year saw 200 to 250 residents take advantage of services.
“We have had people come from Eagle and from Jefferson County,” she said.
LaCasse said spiritual services will be available, too.
“When we offer to pray with them, they are surprisingly open to that,” she said.
Chiropractic services will be available from Dr. Shannon Stadler of the Lake Country Health Center. She has volunteered her services every year since the free clinic first opened in 2010.
“These are small, local clinics, run by local people,” she said.
The churches organize the event through the help of Touched Twice United, a national nonprofit founded in Wisconsin that helps local communities organize free clinics.
“We encourage and equip volunteers from local churches to host one-day events - backyard medical missions - meeting human needs in Christ’s name,” according to the organizations website.
Persons interested in learning more about the clinic can contact Oakwood Church at (262) 367-1212 or Westbrook Church at (262) 367-8422.