Health: Nurse Rosa
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Health: Nurse Rosa

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United Way is proud to support medical services at Waukesha Free Clinic, where committed healthcare professionals are changing lives every single day.  

Nurse Rosa Zibell, the operations coordinator for the Clinic, leads the way, offering compassionate care to every patient she sees.  

“Our patients don’t have insurance,” said Rosa. “They face language barriers and transportation issues; they don’t make enough money to live on. They’ve been released from jail, are experiencing homelessness, are undocumented. We are here to provide personalized case management and help them navigate these challenges.”  

Waukesha Free Clinic has provided high quality, multi-lingual health services to the community’s most vulnerable people for more than 40 years. Donations to United Way’s Community Fund support medical services at the Clinic.  

Recently, Rosa and her team have treated many patients from Venezuela, where civil war has led to massive emigration. Hunger is a major issue for these patients, with many families going days without food. Those with chronic conditions like Diabetes do not have access to the medication they need to survive.  

“Having free medical care, testing, and medication from Waukesha Free Clinic changes these patients’ lives,” said Rosa. “We can do this for so many families because of United Way support.” 

Rosa and volunteer medical providers meet with these patients to assess their needs and connect them to care. Beyond health concerns, Clinic staff help patients connect to resources for food, housing transportation, employment, childcare, and more 

Community collaboration with a network of Waukesha nonprofits is key to the Clinic being able to serve their patients. Organizations like Salvation Army of Waukesha, Hope Center, NAMI Waukesha, and The Women’s Center, all work together to ensure no one gets left behind. Many of these organizations are also supported by donations to United Way.

“Our patients need and deserve good health care,” said Rosa. “They have spent many years lacking enough support, but we are here to hold their hands.”   

When you give to United Way, you're not just making a donation. You're changing a life. Nurse Rosa and Waukesha Free Clinic remind us all that, to live better, we must Live United.