The Suitcase Clinic

ADVOCACY | COMMUNITY | SOLIDARITY

 
Due to the risks of community spread due to COVID-19, we will not be having class or clinic for the Summer 2020 semester.

With great deliberation and a deep sadness, we have decided that at this time our clinics' operations pose more harm than benefit to the communities that utilize our spaces. We will thus be suspending clinic operations and will not be training new volunteers in the Summer 2020 semester. Please check back later to see updates on our clinic operations for the Fall 2020 semester.

 

In the meantime, here are some community clinics for immediate medical needs:

If you have a life-threatening emergency, dial 911

Lifelong Urgent Care on Dwight: 510-204-7979

STOMP w/ Roots Clinic (Oakland): 510-777-1177

Lifelong Trust (Oakland): (510) 210-5050

Please also check out the Berkeley Outreach Coalition, a new collaborative group that we are a part of. More information below.

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Berkeley Outreach Coalition: a new collaborative group

We have recently partnered with other Berkeley-based nonprofit organizations, under the Berkeley Outreach Coalition, who are working both on the ground and at a policy level to advocate for housing and food insecure folks. We provide a variety of resources including legal assistance, harm reduction supplies, health/medical kits, and food. If you are in need of essential supplies, access to COVID-19 testing, food, or water, please fill out our Emergency Request Form so that we can assess your needs and connect you with the right people. Check out our website for local resources, updates on the city's inadequate response to COVID-19's devastating effects on our unhoused community and on efforts that our coalition has made to compensate for this irresponsibility, and more.

Serving the Berkeley community since 1989

The Suitcase Clinic is a humanitarian student organization and volunteer community that offers free health and social services to underserved populations. Structured around the principles of public health, social welfare, and community activism, it currently operates three weekly multi-service drop-in centers in the city of Berkeley: the General Clinic, the Women’s Clinic and the Youth/LGBTQ+ Clinic. In addition to providing services, it strives to educate students, engage in community organization, and support public policy efforts that address homelessness in the local community.

 
 
 

News

Clinics Closed Spring 2020

Due to COVID-19, we are closing our clinics for the rest of the Spring 2020 semester until further notice.

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Clinic Overview

Please see clinic pages for professional services offered during each clinic. 

 

**DISCLAIMER: Due to the great interest in certain services, we mainly operate on a first-come, first-serve waitlist and cannot guarantee you will be seen for a specific service at each clinic. However, we will try our best to prioritize individuals who haven't used our services before or weren't able to get a specific services the previous clinic. In addition, some of our professional service providers are subject to change until the day of clinic. Although we try to update our calendars as much as possible, please keep this information in mind when coming to our spaces. You may also contact the clinic directors through the contact form on each clinic page.

UNDERGRADUATE SERVICES ( free + provided at each clinic)

  • Dinner (General  at 7:30pm, Youth/LGBTQ+ 7 pm, Women's 6 pm)

  • Footwashing

  • Haircutting & Hairwashing (General & Youth/LGBTQ only)

  • Hygiene Supplies

  • Massage (Youth/LTBGQ+ & Women's only)

    • Performed by trained students​

  • Laundry Services

    • **​show up at Bing Wong Wash (on Telegraph) every 2nd Tuesday of the month, 4-5 PM

  • Community resources and employment referrals

  • Housing referrals/assessments

    • Assessment offered at General every 3rd Tuesday of the month

  • Legal Services

  • Blood Pressure Monitoring (General only)​​

    • Varies week-to-week; check clinic-specific calendars​

  • Wellness and art activities 

  • Artists in Residents Program (General only)

    • Space for art workshops, painting, and playing musical instruments​

  • Nail-painting (Women's only)

  • Children's Services/Care (Women's only)

  • SHARE

    • An open discussion circle on various topics

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES ( free + provided only on certain days and clinics)

**These services are not offered consistently. Please check clinic-specific calendars for the most up-to-date info.

  • Optometry Vouchers (General Clinic only)

    • VSP vouchers for free eye exam, prescription, and eyeglasses at UC Berkeley's Eye Center

    • ONLY for uninsured (those with Medi-Cal are NOT eligible)​ and a voucher must not have been used in the past year

    • May not have them every week and will be put on waitlist if not available

  • Medical Services (all clinics)

    • Acute medical concerns seen by UCSF-JMP medical students. Limited prescriptions.

  • Massage (Youth/LGBTQ+ & General only)

    • Professionals only, varies week-to-week

  • Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine (all clinics)

    • Provided by Touro University medical students

  • HIV/Hepatitis Testing (Youth/LGBTQ+ & General only)

    • Provided by Berkeley Free Clinic 

  • Acupuncture (Youth/LGBTQ+ Clinic only) 

  • Spiritual Counseling (General only)

  • BFHP Housing Outreach (General only)

  • Chiropractor (Women's & General only) ​

    • General's chiro services offered every other week; check calendar

    • WOMEN'S CHIRO CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL AFTER SUMMER 2019

Locations and Services

Youth/LGBTQ+ Clinic (teens + 20s only): Mondays 6:00-9:00pm
Location: St. Mark's Episcopal Church, 2300 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Women's Clinic (female-identifying + children): Mondays 6:00-9:00pm
Location: LIFE Adventist Church, 2236 Parker St, Berkeley, CA 94704
General Clinic: Tuesdays 6:15-9:00pm (Sign-ups for services outside door starting Tuesday morning)
Location: First Presbyterian Church, 2407 Dana St, Berkeley CA 94704 (entrance on Haste)
**NOTE: Because we are run by undergraduate students at UC Berkeley, our clinics operate around the school schedule and may be closed for holidays and during school breaks. Please check the clinic-specific calendars to check if clinic will be open on a specific day. Scroll below for more information on each clinic, including clinic-specific calendars and maps.

Learn more about our clinics!

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The GENERAL CLINIC

The General Clinic is the oldest of the Suitcase Clinic’s three drop-in centers. Here, individuals can receive health and social services, eat dinner, or just hang out with other community members and Cal students.

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YOUTH/LGBTQ+ CLINIC

The Y/LGBTQ+ Clinic provides culturally relevant and accessible resources for individuals in their teens and twenties. The LGBTQ+ friendly space offers health and social services and is a great place to relax and hang out.

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The WOMEN'S CLINIC

The Women's Clinic recently relocated to LIFE Adventist Church. A space for female-identifying individuals and children, the clinic provides health and social services specific to their needs.

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Congregation BETH EL

Located in North Berkeley, Congregation Beth El serves a monthly Sunday meal for the community. Partnered with the UC San Francisco Joint Medical Program, it provides medical services, as well as health supplies other resources.

 

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