The Mission – Making Wellness Accessible
At CSAcu, our belief – that an individual’s health and well-being is connected to that of their community – is more than just idealism, it is deeply integrated into our business model. Accessibility, affordability, and appropriate care are the cornerstones of the organization. CSAcu offers sliding-scale private acupuncture treatments and, one day each week, offers group acupuncture entirely free. By paying for services or donating to CSAcu, our patients and supporters are directly contributing to others’ ability to access services, regardless of financial means. In 2015, we provided over 600 treatments for no charge. In 2016 the number of free treatments nearly doubled. Already in 2017 we’ve offered nearly 600 free treatments in the first 6 months. We’ve also been able to offer affordable tai chi, yoga, and meditation classes.
Our Needs – Help us Fill the Gap
We make wellness services available at below market rates – filling an important gap in access to care – but we rely on donations to fill the gap in our sliding scale. By the numbers, it takes $60 per treatment to sustain the services we offer. Because we offer services for no cost and reduced cost, we receive an average of only $28 per treatment.
$32 – Fills the gap in the sliding scale for one treatment
$60 – Allows for 1 fully free acupuncture treatment on a free Friday
$150 – Helps keep our doors open for a free Friday clinic
$600 – Allows 4 Fridays to continue to be free or donation based