Program areas at GoochlandCares
Health care services: medical services include treatment and follow-up of minor acute illnesses, diagnostic testing, gynecological services, eye care, referrals to specialists, medications, and cancer screenings. In addition, our chronic disease treatment program seeks to identify and address the education and lifestyle issues that contribute to diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Patients are monitored regularly, and the medical provider encourages smoking cessation, healthy eating, increased activity, and proper use of prescription drugs, most of which are provided at no charge to the patients or for a $5 copay.dental care is provided by a small staff augmented by approximately 15 volunteer dentists and several hygienists and assistants. Services include cleaning, restorations, exams, x-rays, extractions, and dentures. In addition, gc provides mentors and a practice site for dental students and dental hygiene students from Virginia commonwealth university.behavioral health services included assessment, references, counseling, and success to monitoring of medications.in 2020 health care programs served approximately 488 patients in 2,068 visits.gc medical transportation vehicles drove over 16,435 miles and provided 360 rides for patients to visit health care providers in goochland county, henrico county, and richmond. This program was suspended for much of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Housing serivces: programs include critical home repairs to return clients' homes to safe conditions, emergency temporary housing, and emergency financial assistance for rent or mortgage or utilities in order to prevent homelessness. Home repairs include roof repairs or replacements, heating system repairs or replacements, wheelchair ramps, plumbing repairs, window and door repairs, septic system repairs and carpentry repairs. Fifty-five low-income goochland families received repairs in 2020. Victims of homelessness and sexual and domestic violence occupied our emergency housing for 324 days and emergency financial assistance kept 63 families in their homes.
Food and clothing: gc operates a weekly food pantry that provides nutritional support for low-income clients. During 2020, 932 families received nearly 586,000 pounds of food, 78% of which was donated by the community.in addition, gc provided vouchers to the clothes closet thrift shop so that 559 low-income families - including 201 children - could access clothing and small household items at no charge.