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1967

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Summer of Love 1967: LA Free Clinic opened offering medical care, therapy, job co-op & draft counseling to “counterculture” youth. Closed due to lack of funds. Re-opened in1968 with a $5,000…

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1970

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Volunteers serve 110,000 people in first 3 years free of charge. Elvis walks in with $10,000 donation, requesting no PR.

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1973

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LA County cooperation begins. $10,000 grant from A&M Records funds drug abuse counseling. Friends of the LA Free Clinic board formed by Mimi West to professionalize fundraising and standard of…

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1975

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Spacious new building bought at 8405 Beverly Blvd: funds raised by Mimi West and Seniel Ostrow. Patient population broadens from hippies to urban poor and homeless.

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1982-1987

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Children’s Hospital partnerships: High Risk Youth program (‘82). Fellowship in Medicine program – UCLA students (‘84). Beverly building rebuilt to 3 stories, adds showers for homeless. Mimi West, Ellen Hoberman…

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1992

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S. Mark Taper Foundation supports further expansion with purchase of Hollywood site. High-risk youth program moves to community where it’s most needed, providing medical, HIV/AIDS care, education outreach, job preparation/placement.

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1994

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Mobile Multi-Services Center assists homeless. Clinic has 60 paid staff, $4 million budget and serves 40,000 patients a year. ’96: National “Models that Work” award. ‘97: Cedars-Sinai partnership – prenatal…

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1997

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30th Anniversary campaign raises $5 million to pay off Taper site mortgage. Lead gifts from Mimi and Bernie West, Barbara and Garry Marshall and Cheryl and Haim Saban fund pediatric…

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2002

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Third site opens: Hollywood Wilshire Clinic. Unique public/private partnership increases number of patients seen by one third. Offers free vaccinations for kids and adults. Services added: Diabetes, hypertension, OB/GYN, insurance…

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2007

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Wallis Annenberg Children and Family Health Center opens with $17 million raised at 40th Anniversary. Campaign chair: Sam Fischer. Clinic gets face-lift on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.

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