July 2022 Newsletter

The Value of Collaborative Partnerships: Casa de Salud and Eye Thrive

Partnerships and collaborations are one of the many ways non-profits broaden their reach and help address more of the needs of the underserved communities that they support.

Strategic partnerships are a metric that can reflect the overall strength of an agency. It may not be as obvious as looking at financials and other metrics, but partnerships between organizations demonstrate a broader understanding of the needs of a community and how to meet them. Partnerships can be beneficial to both agencies involved and ultimately serve the community more efficiently and effectively.
Partnerships exist between both non-profits and corporations and also non-profits and non-profits.

Some of the benefits that can be met when engaging in strategic and/or collaborative partnerships are:

  • Administrative cost savings
  • Improved range of services
  • Innovative idea creation
  • Additional leadership
  • Increased brand exposure
  • Strengthened advocacy voice
  • Expanded programs

Organizations with shared goals and aligned missions and visions can have greater impact in their communities when they work together to alleviate the needs of the community and support its members.

One such collaboration is between SOS’s grantees Casa de Salud and Eye Thrive. Together they have found and created a mutually beneficial program that broadens both organizations reach in different ways and effectively better serves the communities they serve.

Eye Thrive, the leading provider of vision services for kids in the region, brought their Mobile Vision Clinic to Casa de Salud twice this summer to help families in need of eye care for their children.

Casa de Salud is a trusted healthcare provider in the immigrant and refugee communities.

This partnership allowed Casa de Salud to offer their clients’ children eye exams and glasses in a familiar, trusted environment. Casa de Salud’s clients deal not only with the language and cultural barriers but trust is also a concern, especially for those immigrants who are undocumented This concern often results in avoiding health care altogether.

In this partnership the trust that Casa de Salud has established with their clients is leveraged by Eye Thrive and allows them to build credibility with the families and children to better meet their optical needs.

This particular population might never have engaged with Eye Thrive due to all of the aforementioned barriers, but because of the partnership, parents were able to book appointments with Eye Thrive through the same reliable bilingual staff at Casa de Salud with whom they had previously established care. Familiar faces were available for interpretation and for navigating parents and children through the appointments.

To date the Eye Thrive, Casa de Salud Partnership has distributed glasses to 28 children, and this is only the beginning.

Although this is not the only partnership between two of SOS’s grantees, it is a clear example of how partnerships can help broaden the reach of both agencies involved. Even though the creation of relationships between agencies is not central to the mission Of SOS it is undeniable that SOS’s community engagement lends itself to creating the opportunity for connection between grantees which in turn helps to build a stronger interconnected community.