Help Sarana weather this crisis and and re-open to serve our community!
Our county issued a shelter-in-place order on 3/16/20, which has now been extended indefinitely by the state government. Because we serve clients face-to-face in a group setting, for the safety of our patients, staff and the larger community, we sadly needed to close.
Because our main revenue is our clients' fees for services rendered, we are not able to generate revenue at this time. We furloughed our staff, but we want to re-hire them when we reopen. We expect we will need some months after re-opening to re-build our clientele enough to meet our expenses for payroll, rent and utilities.
We will also need to create special COVID19 safety systems when we re-open and this will involve investment in protective equipment and increased disinfection, cleaning, and laundry. These additional expenses will be a significant burden on our budget, as social distancing requirements will reduce the number of acupuncture sessions that we will be able to offer.
The services we provide at SCA will be sorely needed when this crisis starts winding down. With so many people in our community and across the world struggling, healthcare NEEDS to stay affordable and accessible. Many folks our clinic treats are underserved and low-income. Accessible acupuncture can help reduce stress and help manage the chronic conditions which have been ignored while the mainstream medical system has been straining to care for the acutely ill.
BACKGROUND: Sarana Community Acupuncture (SCA) was founded in 2008 with the goal of offering affordable effective acupuncture in a peaceful community environment, creating a safe space of rest and refuge, and helping foster social change by offering relief from pain, suffering, stress and isolation. We envision a world where acupuncture is part of everyday life for people of diverse social, cultural and economic backgrounds.
In 2015 Sarana became a 501c3 non profit and adopted a co-operative governance structure.
To separate the issues of money and treatment and to keep acupuncture accessible, we charge low sliding scale fees with no questions asked or means testing of any kind. Within the sliding scale range, our patients determine what they wish to pay. For folks who need very frequent treatments, we also often accept fees below our sliding scale. Our clinic runs on a very tight budget and aims to use all and any resources to increase availability and affordability of acupuncture.
In the past 12 years of operation we have remained open most days and delivered thousands of treatments to thousands of people in our community. In 2019 we gave close to 11,000 treatments.
We need your support NOW to survive this crisis and to keep our fees low after it is safe to re-open our doors.
We hope to qualify for $1,000 matching funds through #GivingTuesdayNow campaign.
As always we are deeply grateful for our amazing community and we miss everyone!