The Last Word: Saint Vincent de Paul’s Luis Gonzalez on Closing the Gap for Uninsured North Texans

“It’s a crucial step towards breaking the cycle of homelessness.”

Luis Gonzalez
Society of St. Vincent de Paul of North Texas
.…on how the nonprofit’s pharmacy is filling the gap for uninsured North Texans in need by offering free prescription medication.

Luis Gonzalez

North Texas’ nonprofit St. Vincent de Paul Pharmacy has worked to fill the gap for thousands of uninsured local people. The pharmacy provides free prescription medication for those in need, including those dealing with homelessness. 

Since its launch in 2018, the charitable pharmacy has filled over 260,000 prescriptions valued at $74.8 million, serving 6,641 patients. In December alone, it filled 8,817 prescriptions.

The SVdP Pharmacy recently announced that it’s expanding its services to San Antonio’s Haven for Hope, a campus that provides critical resources and transitional housing to those vulnerable to homelessness.

“Providing free, life-sustaining medicine to individuals vulnerable to homelessness is not just about healthcare,” Gonzalez said in a statement. “By addressing the most basic and critical health needs, we empower individuals to overcome obstacles, regain stability, and take that pivotal step towards a brighter future. This embodies the true spirit and mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and we are proud to expand our free medication resources through our pharmacy, to those susceptible to homelessness.”

The pharmacy has experienced rapid growth since its inception, and even more significantly this past year, SVdP noted.

You can find out more about the pharmacy—and how to donate to support it—by going here.

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