News & Events

Third Street Clinic publishes blog posts and a newsletter to acknowledge donations, announce memorials and tell the stories of the people we see and serve every day.


Miracle Worker Winter 2015

Here’s the Winter 2015 edition of The Miracle Worker!

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Giving Hearts Day raises $8.2 million

The Giving Hearts Day online fundraising event, hosted Thursday by Dakota Medical Foundation, Impact Foundation and Alex Stern Family Foundation, raised a preliminary figure of more than $8.2 million through 37,109 donations at

Contributions to this year’s event surpassed last year’s $6.9 million.

The projected top three charity fundraisers, out of the total 326 participating, are Oak Grove Lutheran School, Churches United for the Homeless and YWCA Cass Clay. Individual results by charity will not be released until they are audited by the Foundation.

Read the full article on the Grand Forks Herald

Giving Hearts Day fundraiser today benefits charities

The opportunity to donate to local charities through the Giving Hearts Day fundraiser starts Thursday.

Twenty-five Grand Forks and East Grand Forks charities are working together to raise awareness of the online-only event.

Charities are promoting the 24-hour event in part through events from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Choice Health and Fitness and the Grand Forks YMCA downtown. Donations of $10 or more made anytime Thursday at will be matched by multiple donors.

Read the full article on the Grand Forks Herald

In Loving Memory of Francis Delisle and Christine Louden

A very generous donation was made in memory of Francis Delisle and Christine Louden. We will honor their memory by helping our neighbors get the health services they need, including affordable prescription medication.

Medica awards Third Street Clinic $5,000

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The Medica foundation announced it has awarded Third Street Clinic a grant for $5,000 to support the vision services program of Third Street Clinic. Combined with the Myra foundation and donations from the local Lion’s clubs, we hope to provide close to 80 pairs of glasses for our neighbors in need. New glasses can mean the ability to read to your grandchild, or the ability to apply for work and drive there once you get the job. The impact on their lives is huge. Thanks to all who support our vision program, including the many doctors who provide the vision exams.

Inspire Pharmacy Hiring 2 RPh and 2CPhT

Inspire Pharmacy in Grand Forks is looking for 2 pharmacists and 2 technicians. Inspire Pharmacy is a new social enterprise business which is a joint venture between Third Street Clinic and a local pharmacist. Inspire Pharmacy will be open to all in the Grand Forks community with a particular objective of serving downtown residents. Sliding fees will be available for customers who have income levels below the various federal poverty levels.

Each position will be 30 to 40 hours per week and may change as the business grows. Applicants should have experience in retail pharmacy, though persons with other experience who have special pharmacy knowledge, especially with pharmacy technology, medication ordering and inventory issues, and medication tracking and billing, will be considered.

Send a letter of interest and a resume to Third Street Clinic, 360 Division St, Grand Forks ND, 58201. Attention: Judy Swisher

Nonprofits find fundraising challenges keeping up with poverty

Tucked away in a nondescript building in downtown Grand Forks is the Third Street Clinic, a nonprofit focused on health care for the area’s low-income residents with resources like prescription assistance and vision services. The organization has served 798 unduplicated clients this year as of the end of November, compared to the more than 800 it had last year.

Below the organization’s second-floor office sits the future home of its new pharmacy, which leaders expect to open in 2016.

People with incomes near the poverty level and below could get medications on a sliding-fee scale at Inspire Pharmacy, Executive Director Lynnell Popowski said. She predicted the clinic will spend $60,000 on prescription assistance this year, but the pharmacy will help it “serve more people more completely.”

The venture will also help the organization financially.

“Once it becomes profitable, our goal is to not apply for many grants, unless we did something new and innovative,” Popowski said. She wants to make the organization financially sustainable based on the pharmacy and interest from an endowment.

“Within three to five years, we should have a pretty good stream of funding,” Popowski said.

Read the full article on the Grand Forks Herald

Poverty’s complex nature stretches across borders

About 6 percent of households in Polk County use public assistance, and Sarah Winter’s home is one of them.

Without it, the 31-year-old East Grand Forks resident said she would be dead. As a severe asthmatic, she needs medication that can run hundreds or even thousands of dollars a month—something Winter said she can’t afford on her income alone.

She uses the state’s medical assistance program now, but before she received that help, she relied on Third Street Clinic, a nonprofit in Grand Forks, to get her medication at a rate she could manage.

Read the full story in the Grand Forks Herald

Poverty exists in Grand Forks area, and it’s people ‘like you and me’

Renae Frovarp, 36, is a single mother of three children, ages 6, 9 and 11. With rent, insurance, groceries, bills and other expenses, it can be hard for the Grand Forks woman to make ends meet.

But she’s far from the only one struggling to stretch her dollars.

According to the U.S. Census, 21.8 percent of Grand Forks County residents lived in poverty in 2014. For children under 18, the number soars to nearly 30 percent. In neighboring Polk County, 12.7 percent of residents live in poverty—still below the national rate of 14.8 percent.

Read the full story in Grand Forks the Herald

Thank You Hope Evangelical Covenant Church!

Sincere thanks to the congregation of Hope Evangelical Covenant Church for their very generous donation to Third Street Clinic. We are proud to work together with Hope Church to serve our neighbors in need. We are grateful for the consistent support we receive from our local faith community. We couldn’t do our work without you.

Minnkota employees gave Jeans Day fundraiser checks to Hospice Red River Valley and the Third Street Clinic on Aug. 3. Each charity received $500, thanks to Minnkota employees. Pictured are Minnkota employee Sharon Howe, Hospice Red River Valley Patient Care Manager Kathlyn Rexine, Third Street Clinic Executive Director Lynnell Popowski and Minnkota employee Mark Williamson. Minnkota’s Jeans Day Committee met and decided on these two charities at a recent meeting.

We want to thank the Walmart foundation for their generous support of Third Street Clinic programs. Their grant has allowed us to provide over $30,000 in prescription assistance to the residents of Greater Grand Forks area.