Program helps AltaMed patient care for her grandmother and autistic son
Los Angeles—July 22, 2021—The AltaMed Health Services (AltaMed) employee-funded program AltaMed Gives and Oportun are coming to the financial assistance of hundreds of AltaMed patients including Justine Lemus. The 32-year-old single mother of two lives in Central Los Angeles and needed help affording the necessities and specialty supplies to care for her elderly grandmother and her five-year-old autistic son. Oportun has committed to matching corporate and individual donations, up to $50,000, to the AltaMed Gives program to financially assist AltaMed patients who are experiencing hardships as a result of COVID-19.
“Our support of the AltaMed Gives campaign helps bring relief to Ms. Lemus and to hundreds of families in the Los Angeles region who have been deeply impacted by the pandemic,” said Ezra Garrett, Oportun’s Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Impact. “We encourage other corporations and individuals to donate to AltaMed and help make a difference in the lives of hardworking people who are struggling to put their lives back together.”
Over the last few years, employees of AltaMed, one of the nation’s largest community health centers serving Los Angeles and Orange counties, have pledged more than $600,000 through its Gives program to provide additional community support for its patients. As a trusted health care provider in the community for more than 50 years, AltaMed understands that there are many external factors that impact the overall health and wellness of its patients.
“Sometimes our patients have extraordinary needs that impact their overall wellbeing, such as the challenges Ms. Lemus is experiencing,” says Barbara Long, employee and clinical giving manager at AltaMed Health Services. “Our staff started AltaMed Gives as a way to help our patients with expenses that impact their quality of life.”
Ms. Lemus is grateful for the financial help from AltaMed and Oportun and looks forward to continue being the primary caregiver for her son and grandmother. Click here to see Ms. Lemus thank AltaMed and Oportun for their support.
Oportun (Nasdaq: OPRT) is a financial services company that leverages its digital platform to provide responsible consumer credit to hardworking people. Using A.I.-driven models that are built on 15 years of proprietary customer insights and billions of unique data points, Oportun has extended more than 4 million loans and $10 billion in affordable credit, providing its customers with alternatives to payday and auto title loans. In recognition of its responsibly designed products which help consumers build their credit history, Oportun has been certified as a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) since 2009.
About AltaMed Health Services
AltaMed understands that when people have health care that looks at their individual health needs and respects their cultural preferences, they grow healthy—and help their families do the same. So we’re delivering complete medical services to communities across Southern California. Since 1969, our team of qualified multicultural and bilingual professionals—from these same communities—has focused on eliminating barriers to primary care services, senior care programs, and even essential community services. With nearly 50 accredited health centers and service facilities, we remain committed and ready to help you grow healthy at any age. To learn more about AltaMed, visit: AltaMed.org.