Through a strong coalition of community partnerships, TACO's clinics provide a variety of services to more than a hundred homeless and working poor individuals and families each week. Our partners include the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, Department of Family and Preventative Medicine and the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine.
Many of the programs have evolved from the commitment to social ministry at First Lutheran Church, which has stood in the heart of downtown San Diego since 1888. Below are links with more information on TACO's clinics.
Free Medical and Pharmacy Clinic Offered by the UCSD School of Family and Preventative Medicine
Free Dental Clinic Offered by the Pre-Dental Society, University of California, San Diego
Acupuncture Clinic Offered by the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine
Community Law Project Offered by Cal Western School of Law
Medical & Pharmacy Clinics
Mondays from 5:30 pm
Offered by the University of California, San Diego, School of Family and Preventive Medicine
Through a mutually rewarding partnership with the UCSD Medical School, TACO provides free medical care to anyone who needs it.
Under the direction of Dr. Ellen Beck, UCSD medical students examine patients in rooms once used for Sunday school at First Lutheran Church. Students of the medical clinic learn to administer a full-service primary care clinic and provide services to an ever-growing group of people lacking health insurance in our city." In addition to serving a community need, the student doctors receive an introduction to their chosen profession.
When necessary, patients are referred to hospitals. Through a variety of grants, TACO and the medical clinic have been able to help people to better access care. People receive care at this clinic every week. Some are homeless; many are working but do not have health insurance.
Currently (as of October 2018) the medical clinic is unable to enroll new patients.
Free Dental Clinic
Mondays from 5:30 pm
Offered by the Pre-Dental Society, University of California, San Diego
The Free Clinic Project provides a wide variety of dental and medical services. Currently there is a two-month wait to be seen through our dental clinic. Depending on staff availablility, five to ten patients are seen per evening.
The clinics also provide education and training for students. Students gain experience in patient care, public health, community service, education, and administration of care. Students learn about all aspects of clinical operations and participate in health promotion. The FCP serves as a unique educational tool under the guidance of university faculty and community professionals.
For more information about the UCSD Pre-dental society clinics, click here.
In all clinics, students work under the supervision of trained acupuncturists in a fully equipped clinic where patients receive excellent care while maintaining their privacy during treatment.
Community Law Project
The California Western Community Law Project serves low-income, vulnerable and sometimes homeless individuals by providing free legal advice, assistance navigating through complex social systems, and referrals to resources to build self-sufficiency and economic opportunity. CLP's mission is to provide sustainable and competent legal services to low-income and indigent member of the local community while advancing the profession of law by instilling a commitment to public service in California Western School of Law students.
The project is open every Monday night, excluding recognized holidays, from 5:30 - 9:00 p.m. Clients are seen on a first-come, first-served basis and encouraged to sign up no later than 5:30 p.m in order to ensure that they are seen that evening. CLP addresses all areas of law, more emphasis being in the areas of bankruptcy, criminal, employment, family, immigration and public benefits law. No signup after 7:30pm.
The Community Law Project does not provide legal representation. However, volunteer law students and attorneys are able to provide advice, consultation and referral services to clients in need of legal assistance.