One Tuesday a month, Stephen Houlemard gets a ride to the Glendale Free Clinic, located on the second floor of the First United Methodist Church of Glendale, from a friend.
Houlemard, a Temple City resident, comes to the clinic to monitor the diseases — diabetes and Addison's disease, an adrenal gland disorder — he's suffered from for decades, and to pick up medication.
Houlemard's treatment, like that of all patients at the clinic, is paid for with grants from local hospitals and the effort of volunteers. But because he doesn't have health insurance, he is in a precarious state.
“I come here for their care, but if I run into a major problem and wind up in a hospital....” he said, his voice trailing off.
Houlemard, 59, won't qualify for Medicare for another six years. And because his income from the occasional odd job and $600 he receives in disability payments each month is too high, he doesn't qualify for the state's low-income coverage program, Medi-Cal.