Dawn Weiler, associate professor and coordinator of the Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Program at Boise State University, will be celebrating a ten year milestone for The Friendship Clinic in Boise. The clinic was founded in 2004 in the back of All Saints Episcopal Church with a simple mission: to provide free basic care for low-income people, especially the working poor. Weiler, also a nurse practitioner, has been with the clinic since the beginning, providing care to those who cannot afford it.
Boise State University and The Friendship Clinic have had a close relationship for many years. Even before the clinic opened its doors in October 2004, much of the preliminary work to establish the need for and develop plans for the clinic were projects taken on by senior nursing students in the Community Health and Leadership courses and by students from the Business and Marketing programs. Since that time, the clinic has had the privilege of working with a multitude of students across campus and beyond.
The clinic was also nominated for an Idaho Nonprofit Excellence Award this year and recognized at the Nonprofit Excellence Awards Dinner on Sept. 23.