Celebrating a Life of Service

March 15, 2019 – Happy Birthday, Bea!

Retirement for some people means the end of work and the beginning of a life of leisure.  But for others, retirement is simply an extension of their passion and purpose in a different context.  To them, work is a lifelong expression of their love for their vocation and their love for people. 

Bea Schauer, age 91, is someone who’s life purpose and passion has found expression here at Open Arms since 2012.  Trained as a nurse in the early 1940’s, Bea has had a career in medicine that extends over a seventy year period.  She served as a nurse at Mercy hospital in Janesville until 1953 when she began raising eight children along with her husband on a farm west of Delavan.  After twelve years, she returned to a 30-year nursing career with Aurora that lasted until 1995.  But even after completing her official work with Aurora, she continued on as a Spanish speaking volunteer interpreter for the hospital system, visiting various clinics throughout the area whenever there was a need. 

Bea’s love for people and her bilingual abilities were nurtured at an early age.  Her parents emigrated from Mexico and settled in Fon Du Lac where Bea was born.  She was one of eleven children and was raised in a family that valued hard work and love.  At ten years of age, she was working with her family in the sugar beet fields!  Her parents expected all the kids to be successful at whatever they did- a value that encouraged she and three of her sisters to pursue nurses training after high school.  

Having been raised in a Mexican family, Bea has always had a love for people from Spanish speaking cultures- especially those who do not know English.  Finding and receiving good healthcare can be a fearful experience for anyone coming from another country.  Bea has been able to not only interpret medical things between doctor and patient at Open Arms, she has also been able to comfort and encourage patients so that they feel at ease through the process.  And going beyond interpreting in the exam room, she also ensures that the patients follow up with prescriptions and setting the next appointment.  To the staff, Bea is the Clinic’s mom.  She is always busy, helping and doing things that go beyond the job description of “interpreter.”  

Open Arms is blessed to have Bea come to the clinic every Tuesday and Thursday.  She both brightens the day and provides a sense of peace to all who work with her or who are served by her.  And Bea is blessed each week to continue her life’s passion and purpose with people who need and value her skills and love.  

GENEVA THEATRE ACTORS GUILD – OAFC Benefit 2.20.19

(Lake Geneva, WI) February 20 & 22, 2019 – As the cold and snow settle around us, it does the heart good to remember that February is the month of love.  So what better time to bring you a production about one of the most famous couples in theater!  No, not Romeo and Juliet, but Felix and Oscar.  Well, almost Felix and Oscar.  The Geneva Theatre Actors Guild will be performing the female version of the play “The Odd Couple”.

The Odd Couple premiered on Broadway at the Plymouth Theatre on March 10, 1965 and transferred to the Eugene O’Neill Theatre where it closed on July 2, 1967 after 964 performances and two previews. Directed by Mike Nichols, the cast starred Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison and Art Carney as Felix Ungar. The production gained Tony Awards for Walter Matthau, Best Actor (Play), Best Author (Play), Best Direction of a Play, and Best Scenic Design (Oliver Smith), and was nominated for Best Play.  It has subsequently been reincarnated twice as a TV show.

In 1985, Neil Simon revised The Odd Couple for a female cast. The Female Odd Couple was based on the same story line and same lead characters, now called Florence Ungar and Olive Madison. The poker game became Trivial Pursuit with their friends becoming the girlfriends: Mickey, Sylvie, Vera, and Renee. The Pigeon sisters became the Costazuela brothers, Manolo and Jesus.

The Female Odd Couple opened on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre on June 11, 1985, and closed on February 23, 1986, after 295 performances and nine previews. Directed by Gene Saks, responsible for the 1968 film version, the leads were Sally Struthers and Rita Moreno as Florence (Felix) and Olive (Oscar), respectively, with Lewis J. Stadlen and Tony Shalhoub (in his Broadway debut) as the Costazuela brothers.

Our performances, held at the Geneva Theater, 244 Broad Street in Lake Geneva, will be as follows:

    • Wednesday, 2/20, at 7:30 PM
    • Friday, 2/22, at 10:00 AM

There is no charge for admission, but we recommend a $10 donation.  Proceeds from this show will benefit Open Arms Free Clinic.  

 

Open Arms Free Clinic, Inc. (OAFC) is a volunteer-driven, donor-supported, community-based non-profit 501C3 organization, with a mission to better understand and serve with compassion the health and wellness needs of the low-income and uninsured residents of Walworth County, Wisconsin.  For those without the ability to pay, the Open Arms is the only clinic of its kind in Walworth County, exclusively dedicated to providing both primary care to all of its patients, as well as ongoing care and management to those with chronic disease – all without charge.  Since treating its first patient in December 2012, there have been over 2,800 patients served at OAFC with primary and specialty medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, lab and pharmaceutical assistance.  For more information on volunteering, donating, or becoming a patient, please visit us at openarmsfreeclinic.org or give us a call at 262-379-1401.

Valentine’s Feast Benefit for Open Arms Free Clinic – 2.15.19

For immediate release, January 3, 2019

Contact Julie Morse 847-830-4356 or iamjcmorse@gmail.com 

Linn Church Celebrates 175 YEARS Serving Geneva Lake Area Communities

2019 Anniversary Year Opens with Valentine’s Feast Benefit for Open Arms Free Clinic, 

on Friday, February 15, 4:30-7:30pm 

The year was 1844.  Samuel Morse sent the first electric telegram, James Polk was elected the 11th . President of the United States, and George Williams (of Wisconsin college fame) founded the worldwide YMCA organization…It was also the year that Linn Presbyterian Church was founded!    

Located near the shores of Lake Geneva, Linn Church (as it is referenced locally) is one of only a handful of regional churches that can claim such a long, strong history.  In following, 2019 will be a year filled with celebratory events at the Church, all open to the community-at-large.  The first is detailed here!  

Linn Church’s Valentine’s Feast for Open Arms Free Clinic – Friday, Feb. 15, 4:30-7:30pm.

Freewill donation, all welcome, no reservations required.

Come one and all for the church’s legendary spaghetti-and-salads benefit dinner, complete with breads from Simple Bakery of Lake Geneva – and, of course, home-made desserts!    Families and individuals of all ages in Walworth County are invited to come enjoy this never-too-late Valentine of a feast, with music and fellowship included. The feast, coordinated by church volunteers, will be held at the Church, W3335 Willow Road, Lake Geneva in Linn Township.

Freewill donations on this night will help support Open Arms Free Clinic (OAFC).  Located in Elkhorn, Open Arms is a volunteer-driven, donor-supported, non-profit 501C3 organization serving hundreds of low-income and uninsured residents of Walworth County with much-needed primary and specialty medical, dental, vision, and behavioral health services, as well as lab and pharmaceutical assistance.  Information about the clinic can be found at www.OpenArmsFreeClinic.org. 

Come eat, enjoy, and give as you can for Open Arms!

Linn Church is located at W3335 Willow Road, Lake Geneva in Linn Township.  Services are held Sundays at 10 a.m, led by Pastor Terry Hennesy. In addition to benefits like this one, the church has a multi-faceted outreach program, including free afterschool childcare on Wednesdays and early school release days.   Self-described as “A Traditional Church with a Contemporary Vision”, the Linn Presbyterian Church invites people of all ages and spiritual backgrounds to attend its services and events, and participate in its outreach programs.  For more information on any or all of Linn Church’s 175th Anniversary Year events, please call the church office at 262-248-1588 or visit the church website at linnchurch.wordpress.com. 

Winter Weather – Clinic Closings 2019

Due to the anticipated Winter Storm and life threatening and record breaking cold temperatures the clinic will be closed Monday, January 28 and Wednesday, January 30, 2019.  All scheduled appointments for those two days, including new patient enrollment, will be rescheduled.   Patient appoints scheduled for Tuesday, January 29 and Thursday, January 31, 2019 will be confirmed unless otherwise noted. If the weather forecast changes we will send out an email and post on Facebook.  Please drive safe and stay warm. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Health Insurance assistance at Open Arms

We are pleased to have health insurance expert, Dustin Schlesner, Principal of Clear Choice Insurance, to help Walworth County residents learn about their health insurance options. Local, no-obligation, FREE assistance is available to help you understand your Marketplace and other health insurance options.

WHERE: Open Arms Free Clinic, 205 E. Commerce Ct, Elkhorn, WI

WHEN: Wednesdays from 12:00 – 7:00 PM

  • October 17, 24, 31
  • November 7, 14, 28
  • December 5, 12

Questions? Want to reserve time? Please contact Dustin at 920.707.1423

https://www.healthcare.gov

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. Awards the Village with Investment in Infrastructure Achievement 
Award and Donation to the Open Arms Free Clinic

[Fontana-on-Geneva Lake, WI, October 1, 2018] The Village of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake received the Investment in Infrastructure Achievement Award presented by Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. at their Village Board meeting on Monday, October 1, 2018. Ruekert & Mielke, Inc., a civil engineering firm serving Wisconsin for over 70 years, presents this award to exceptional communities in recognition for their efforts to better their community and residential life through successful infrastructure projects. 

 

“The Village of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake is an exemplary community when it comes to understanding the importance of proactively investing in infrastructure. Their forward-thinking and continuous efforts to maintain and upgrade their infrastructure help the community reduce long-term costs, while providing better service to their residents,” described Stan Sugden, President of Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. 

In addition to upgrading several clean water mains, the Village of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake is also improving water quality in the community by investing in various storm  water and wastewater projects. 

“Protecting the water quality of Geneva Lake is vital to this community. The Village has made significant storm water improvements across several neighborhoods to reduce flooding, improve water quality, and enhance local infiltration,” stated Terry Tavera of Ruekert & Mielke, Inc., who has served as the Village’s Engineer for 14 years. The Village also conducted a sanitary sewer study to identify ways to reduce the amount of clear water infiltrating sewer mains. “This information will help protect water resources and reduce sanitary treatment costs,” explained Tavera.  

As part of their award, Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. provides a $1,000 donation to a non-profit organization selected by the community. The Village of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake chose the Open Arms Free Clinic (OAFC), the first and only volunteer-driven medical and supportive care clinic in Walworth County. Since treating its first patient in December 2012, OAFC has served 2,800 low-income patients with primary and specialty medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, lab, and pharmaceutical assistance. 

“We consider it a privilege to meet our patients’ needs and feel blessed to have the support of the community through gifts of time and funds,” shares Executive Director, Sara Nichols. “It is a give and take of joy, health, and healing for all the patients AND volunteers who are part of our clinic family.”  As a result, the clinic continues to grow in the number of patients it serves, while at the same time broadens the services provided to the community. 

The operational dollars to support the clinic come from grants and private donations. For every dollar donated, they are able to dispense $10 worth of life-saving medication. “We are humbly grateful to receive the generous donation from The Village of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake via Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.’s Investment in Infrastructure Award. With it, Open Arms Free Clinic will be able to provide $10,000 worth of medication to our neighbors in need,” stated Sara Nichols. 

About the Village of Fontana-on-Geneva-Lake , WI
https://villageoffontana.com/
The Village of Fontana-on-Geneva is a beautiful and serene destination to enjoy a small-town atmosphere with all the benefits of a waterfront destination. Their scenic home sits on the western shore of Geneva Lake in Walworth County, Wisconsin, greeting residents and visitors with boutique shopping, hometown eateries, and outdoor recreation experiences. Their rare combination of lively, local events, community parks, and quality businesses is truly what makes Fontana an ideal place to live and visit.

About Ruekert & Mielke, Inc.
http://www.ruekertmielke.com/
Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. partners with communities to provide municipal infrastructure management that encompasses a broad range of municipal services throughout Wisconsin and Illinois. R/M has over 70 years of experience and assists communities in managing water, wastewater, storm water, transportation, municipal finance, electrical, SCADA control systems and construction review. R/M services are centered around technology and feature a cloud-based GIS portal that allows communities to access and manage their infrastructure in a mobile environment.

About Open Arms Free Clinic
http://openarmsfreeclinic.org/
Open Arms Free Clinic (OAFC) is the first and only volunteer-driven medical and supportive care clinic in Walworth County serving low-income and uninsured residents with primary medical, dental, vision, behavioral health, lab, and pharmaceutical assistance. Created in December 2011, and expanded in April 2015, Open Arms is an independent, community-based, not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a mission to better understand and serve with compassion the health and wellness needs of the uninsured, low income, and underserved residents of Walworth County. The clinic derives all its operating income solely from private donations, foundations, grants, and fundraising events.

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Press Contact: 

Dave Pond
Marketing Manager

Ruekert & Mielke, Inc. 

www.ruekertmielke.com 

(262) 542-5733

dpond@ruekert-mielke.com

2017 – 2018 Annual Report Available

Outreach Team Comes Alive at the County Fair

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ELKHORN, WI (Wednesday, August 29, 2018).  The Walworth County Fair goers will come alive with an onsite flash mob performed by the Open Arms Free Clinic Volunteer Outreach Team on August 29th.  Over 100 volunteers have prepared the joyful expression of outreach to the The Greatest Showman movie soundtrack song, “Come Alive” under the direction of The Dance Factory Choreographer, Garrett Vopendesta.   Larry Gaffey, General Manager for the Walworth County Fairgrounds, was excited for the opportunity. “We are always looking for ways to support the community and bring excitement to the fair.  The performance by Open Arms fit perfectly with this year’s theme, “Country Nights and Carnival Lights.”

“Years ago I dreamed of running a public health community clinic and I was given this opportunity to live my dream after meeting Fr. Dan Sanders, Founder of Open Arms Free Clinic”, shares Sara Nichols, Executive Director for Open Arms Free Clinic. “My soul’s purpose is to provide opportunities for individuals to live their dream. When I heard the song “Come Alive” and the story behind P.T. Barnum, there was a flash idea that we need to be bigger in telling the story of Open Arms Free Clinic.  We are a unique organization as a volunteer-driven, donor-supported free medical clinic. However, even after 5 years of serving over 2,500 patients in our community, many people still don’t know who or what we are. There are over 8,000 people in Walworth County who don’t have health insurance.  Where are they getting their medical care? There are hundreds of retirees in the community. Have they found purposeful use of their time and talents? I asked our courageous volunteers to be bold and get people to take notice, thus the flash mob at the county fair.”

Back To School Day – August 25, 2018

Seeking Summer Outreach Volunteers

There are multiple opportunities to help OAFC spread the word of its good work. We need over 200+ volunteers this summer of all ages, shapes, and abilities. Click HERE if you would like to sign up for either of these opportunities.

We need sponsors to help defray the costs.  Click HERE if you can support the outreach efforts this summer!

(1) Flash Mob Participants:

Rehearsals are Sundays @ 1:00 PM on 7/22, 7/29, and 8/19.

Performance is Wednesday 8/29 @ 3:00 PM.

(2) Event Booth with Kiddie Games:

Booth coverage on Tuesday, 8/7 @ 4:30 – 7:00 PM

Saturday, 8/11 @ 3:00 – 7:00 PM