50th Anniversary Gift – Market Square Park
In 1976, the League gave $60,000 to help revive Market Square Park. This park is Houston’s original town center and where the Allen brothers first landed when they founded the city in 1836. The area originally housed three City Hall buildings prior to becoming a parking lot in the 1960s. The League campaigned to turn this space back into a beautiful park so all residents could enjoy it. The concrete parking lot was removed, park was terraced, and live oak and crepe myrtle trees were installed.
75th Anniversary Gift – SuperKids Pediatric Mobile Clinic
The SuperKids Pediatric Mobile Clinic is one of the most well-known Junior League community collaborations. The SuperKids Pediatric Mobile Clinic began in 2000 with a $1 million gift from the Junior League in celebration of the League’s 75th anniversary. It represents a collaborative effort with Texas Children’s Hospital, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Independent School District, the City of Houston and the Harris Health System. The mobile clinic was created in an effort to address the critical need to improve immunization rates in the city and to find a permanent medical home for the uninsured pediatric and underinsured populations. The Junior League purchased and equipped the SuperKids bus and paid for its operation fully for the first three years. Texas Children’s Hospital now holds title to the SuperKids Pediatric Mobile Clinic and provides medical staffing, while the Junior League is a partner providing volunteers and support.
The clinic, which is staffed by a pediatrician and nurse practitioner provides immunizations as well as offers well-child checkups, sports physicals, miscellaneous care and referrals for medical and social services. In targeting four designated schools and eight feeder schools, the SuperKids Pediatric Mobile Clinic brings health services to populations of children who have previously not had adequate medical care.
In 2018, the Junior League granted funds to Texas Children’s Hospital to purchase a brand new, state-of-the-art SuperKids Mobile Clinic to replace the current, aging clinic and to continue providing much needed primary care to underserved children in the Gulfton area of Houston. The new mobile clinic will remain operational day and night, on weekdays and weekends, giving out free immunizations and comprehensive medical care.
90th Anniversary Gift – SuperKids Community Health Worker
The League celebrated its 90th anniversary with a special gift to the SuperKids Pediatric Mobile Clinic Program. During this time, the League initiated funds to support a certified Community Health Worker to serve as a liaison and cultural mediator for the families served by the SuperKids program. This healthcare professional provides patient education, patient navigation and social support, and assistance in completing applications for health insurance and other available resources.
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