I apologize for my absence from writing bi-weekly newsletters. Suffice to say it has been a busy spring.
I’ve written before about the book“$2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America,” in which Kathryn Edin and Luke Shaefer write about the rise of extreme poverty in the U.S. The authors share many of the ways that those living in extreme poverty “get by” and one of those ways is Plassing, otherwise known as a paid plasma donation. There is a plasma donation center on W.25th near MetroHealth and I know that WSCC clients will sell their plasma on occasion. I had no idea about the Plasma Industry until I read the following blog from a Primary Care Physician practicing in Cleveland. Dr. David Margolius writes “Plassing and Poverty: One Doctor’s Dilemma” here: http://betterhealthpartnershipblog.wordpress.com/ . I urge you to read this blog.
The plasma industry is where people who have no other access to cash assistance go for cash because cash is needed to survive. There may be other forms of assistance such as food stamps (now known as SNAP) or housing subsidies yet there is very little direct cash assistance. The only cash assistance program is TANF or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families and that is limited to 36 months over the life of the recipient and is actually received by very few households. We all need cash. Those living in extreme poverty need it to pay for the same things we do; car repairs, medications, hospital co-pays. Dr. Margolius struggles with providing authorization forms that will allow his patients to donate plasma weekly.
The plasma therapeutics (drugs made with collected plasma) market totaled $11 billion in 2014. Plasma from paid donors in the United States makes up 70% of the world’s supply of plasma collections. Is this really how we want the poor to survive in this country?
There is still time to join us for the 11th Annual 5k Run/1 Mile Walk and Pancake Breakfast in historic Ohio City. The race starts at 9:00am, walk in registrations will be taken at 8:00am. This family friendly event is a fun morning and a way to see first-hand the amazing work done at the West Side Catholic Center and there will be PANCAKES provided by the good folks from Hyland, creator of OnBase. Special t-shirt designed by GV ART + DESIGN to all participants. The forecast is for a beautiful morning. Hope to see you there.
As always, thank you for reading,
Upcoming at WSCC ::
June 4–Saturday - 9:00am, 5K Run/1 Mile Walk & Pancake Breakfast
June 6 –Monday – 3:00pm – 6:00pm, Volunteer Training – Urban Community School
June 8 –Wednesday – 7:30am, Advancement Committee
June 13 –Monday -4:00pm – 7:00pm, Volunteer Training - Urban Community School
June 15 –Wednesday – 7:30am, Governance Committee
June 21 –Tuesday – 8:00am, Program Committee
June 23 – Thursday – 8:00am, Monthly Mass in the Resource Center
July 1 - Friday - 7:30am, Finance Committee
July 7 – Thursday – 6pm, Expressive Arts Project - The Breen Center
July 27 – Wednesday – 7:30am, Board of Directors
August 13– Annual Sips & Swigs – 3-7pm, See http://www.wsccenter.org for more information