NAPLES, Fla - A Naples non-profit is starting the new year with a $10 million gift.
The co-founders of the Neighborhood Health Clinic say it's perfect timing as parts of the Affordable Care Act are implemented.
The Neighborhood Health Clinic serves low-income working, but uninsured adults in Collier County. Volunteer doctors see anywhere from 80 to 100 patients a night.
Co-founders Dr. William and Nancy Lascheid tell WINK News even with this generous donation, tougher times are ahead as the President's health care law goes into effect.
Irving Ware has been going to the Neighborhood Health Clinic in Naples once a month for two and a half years.
"This clinic is all I got. This is my lifeline to being able to work and to function and to have a productive and healthy lifestyle," says Ware.
Irving has a chronic heart problem, kidney and liver disease and has to take blood thinners for the rest of his life. He works part time at a Naples paint store but has no health insurance.
"I can't afford it," says Ware. "If you don't have the income coming in, how can you afford it?"
Irving is one of 53,000 patients who have received medical care at the Neighborhood Health Clinic. "When illness and disease strike you, they don't look at your checkbook," says Nancy Lascheid.
Co-founders Dr. William and Nancy Lascheid say that need is only going to get worse with the Affordable Care Act.
"Small businesses are going to be struggling with this," says Nancy Lascheid. "The people who cannot afford to keep employees with insurance and so forth are going to cut back on staffing and hours."
Saturday, the Lascheid's were surprised with a $10 million donation. "The couple who gave the money have a better than average understanding of the problem, says Nancy. "They could see the handwritting on the wall."
"It's the greatest gift," says Ware. God is looking down on this clinic because it works. I know I'm alive because of this clinic."