Lomi clinic news


Press Democrat Article

January 7, 2022



2020: A Year We Will Remember!

Our Urgent Challenges

Lomi faces unprecedented financial challenges this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our client fee revenue has been cut in half over the past seven months due to clients having reduced, or no, income, which our sliding-scale fees are based on. Many clients have lost their health insurance coverage. Though we are still seeing a full client load, our income is greatly diminished.

Also, our biggest fundraisers were postponed due to shelter-in-place and social distancing requirements. We need to raise $100,000 immediately to make up for our lost revenue and to continue to offer care to the community.

The Good News

In the midst of so many paradigm-shifting developments, we are surviving! With the pandemic still raging, economic fallout, social change, elections, and yes, another year of wildfires, the Lomi Clinic continues to provide affordable and pro-bono compassionate care to our community.

Lomi was fortunate to receive generous support from the Community Foundation of Sonoma County, as well as a PPP loan/grant from the Federal Government. Those grants allowed us to stay open. While much of the world stopped, our mission was not placed on pause. Lomi has been diligently working to support people trying to survive these crises. It is hard when clients fear the worst as their parents become ill. It is difficult when children are struggling with isolation and are being educated by video. It is heartbreaking when we once again tend to people who have lost their home to wildfires. But this is why Lomi is open, and why we want to do everything possible to remain open.

Our Services Are Essential!

When our community struggles, Lomi steps up. We were at the forefront of providing wildfire relief therapy since the first days of the Tubbs Fire in 2017 and continue to do so now. We offer pro-bono care to clients who are traumatized from the immense losses they’ve incurred as a result of the fires. And now that we are faced with the COVID-19 pandemic, Lomi serves those affected, directly and indirectly, by the virus. We see people who have lost jobs and insurance. We serve those who have been ill, as well as those who have ill family members. We educate people to continue safety protocols and manage the isolation and stress of social distancing.