St. Petersburg Free Clinic CEO Beth Houghton will leave the Free Clinic to pursue her passion of making a positive impact for children in our community on August 2. She has recently been selected as CEO of the Juvenile Welfare Board (JWB), which works to improve the lives of children in Pinellas County.

It’s easy to see why the JWB would recruit Beth for this role. She’s made a meaningful impact for the Free Clinic over the past seven years.

Under her leadership, the Free Clinic has reached many milestones, including:

Opening a dedicated health center: In one year, more than 9,000 adults without health insurance received free health services and received over $3.1 million of retail value prescription drugs for free.

Creating the Client Choice food pantry and opening the Jared S. Hechtkopf Community Food Bank: In one year, 128,000 clients received emergency food assistance as well as assistance with payment of utilities, obtaining IDs and applying for social services. Additionally, Jared’s Food Bank distributed 7.6 million pounds of food into our community.

Expanding residential services: In one year, more than 123 women and 78 men have become self-sufficient and are living independently. In addition, 98 families have temporarily lived in the Family Residence while experiencing a housing crisis.

The Free Clinic has a solid foundation that’s been significantly strengthened under Beth’s leadership. And now, the Free Clinic is well positioned to continue its momentum, thanks to its generous donors, dedicated volunteers and skilled staff.

The Free Clinic’s Board of Directors will soon name an interim CEO while the search committee will start to recruit for its next CEO.

The Free Clinic has a bright future ahead, with extraordinary promise to build on its current work and make an even bigger impact for our neighbors in need.