La Casa celebration set for Saturday

By Tony Parra

The Second Annual La Casa Family Health Center Celebration will take place on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
La Casa Family Health Center officials said the purpose of the health center celebration is to take time out for its customers.
“We’ve been here for over 28 years,” Jeanette Chavez, La Casa Family Health Center Marketing Director, said. “It’s our way to give back to the community. It feels really good to give back to the community. It’s an awesome feeling when Portales businesses donate. People in Portales and Clovis are extremely generous.”
Chavez said over 300 attendees were at the First Annual La Casa Family Health Center Celebration.
“We plan to see the same amount of people or more this year,” Chavez said. “We learn to organize tents, chairs and tables. It’s easier to plan without the fair.”
Chavez said the health center celebration took place the same weekend the Roosevelt County Fair took place last year, but being separate should boost attendance numbers this year for the celebration.
“The intent is to celebrate the community health center,” La Casa de Buena Salud Executive Director Seferino Montano said. “It helps to inform the community of the services La Casa offers.”
Montano said there are four La Casa de Buena Salud Family Centers in New Mexico, located in Portales, Clovis, Hondo and Roswell. The celebration is also part of National Health Center Week, which is from Aug. 8-14. Community health centers are local, non-profit, community-owned health care providers serving low income and medically underserved communities.
“Health centers are often overlooked,” Montano said. “We help with underserved patients in the county. Some of them are uninsured patients or patients with Medicaid and Medicare. Some patients don’t have access to physicians.”
Chavez said the celebration is conducted with the help of businesses and their donations. There are 64 prizes to be given out at the celebration.Chavez said 30 Portales businesses and 10 Clovis businesses made donations to the health center celebration.
Free food and snacks will also be provided at the celebration, courtesy of several sponsors. Chavez said one of the prizes which will be raffled off is a personal computer.
“As a non-profit organization, we couldn’t have done it without the help of the local businesses,” Chavez said. “We hope we can continue to do this year after year. We’ll answer any questions people have about La Casa, but mostly it’s a celebration.”