Molina Healthcare opens first Molina Closet in South Carolina to provide families with food, hygiene necessities on ongoing basis

In a continued effort to support those in most need, Molina Healthcare of South Carolina is partnering with Charleston Community Impact (CCI) to launch the first ever Molina Closet in the state. This room will serve the most vulnerable populations from all walks of life. It will contain a variety of resources, including personal hygiene items for men and women and baby essentials, such as diapers and wipes. The Molina Closet will also include a food pantry and educational literature on health care. The center officially opened December 20 at 4870 Piedmont Avenue in North Charleston.

According to Feeding America, 1 in 7 SC residents struggles with hunger. Feeding America also reports that many families in the United States struggle to afford non-food essentials related to personal care. This Molina Closet is part of Molina Healthcare’s ongoing effort to address the various social determinants of health, including food insecurity, personal hygiene, education, and more.

A local police officer (left) poses for a photo with North Charleston City Councilwoman Rhonda Jerome, Molina Healthcare mascot Dr. Cleo, Molina Healthcare of South Carolina President Dora Wilson, Charleston Community Impact CEO David Johnson, and a fellow police officer. Behind them are the nonperishable food items that will be offered to local individuals and families through the newly-launched Molina Closet, a resource center that will provide food, personal and feminine hygiene items, baby essentials, and health education, for the rest of the year and 2020.

Molina Healthcare of South Carolina President Dora Wilson cuts the ribbon to celebrate the grand opening of Molina’s first-ever Molina Closet in the Palmetto State. The closet is an ongoing resource room for individuals and families in North Charleston who need food, personal and feminine hygiene products, baby items, health education, and more. This is a partnership between Molina Healthcare and Charleston Community Impact, where the closet is located.

Dr. Cleo, Molina Healthcare’s cat doctor mascot, poses for a photo in front of the many diapers that will be offered to local families in need as part of the Molina Closet launched by Molina and Charleston Community Impact. In addition to baby essentials, individuals who stop by the resource room can receive nonperishable food items, personal hygiene products such as toothpaste and soap, and health education materials.

Charleston Community Impact CEO David Johnson (left), celebrates the launch of the Molina Closet with Johanna Perez, Molina Healthcare of South Carolina Community Engagement Manager and David Irizarry, Molina Healthcare of South Carolina Community Engagement Specialist. The Molina Closet is a resource room coordinated by Charleston Community Impact and Molina Healthcare.

Since 2013, Molina Healthcare of South Carolina has been providing government-funded care for low-income individuals. As of September 2019, the company serves approximately 134,000 members through Medicaid and Medicare-Medicaid (Duals) health programs across South Carolina. For more information, visit MolinaHealthcare.com and connect with us on FacebookTwitterInstagram and YouTube.

Charleston Community Impact Corp. (CCI) is a nonprofit community-based organization that is committed to empowering people and building partnerships to serve under-resourced and at-risk communities. CCI’s main purpose is to transform individuals to become self-sustaining while transforming the community to be a place of peace and wholeness.

Charleston Community Impact Corp. is housed in the Impact Center. The Impact Center Programs provide food through a food pantry, children’s programs, technology center (access to computers), counseling services, job readiness programs, and more. This support allows families and individuals to focus on their personal growth, family health, and stability while having basic needs met. Community members that utilize the services of the Community Impact Center are from multi-cultural backgrounds.

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