Interfaith health changes name to Unity Care NW

Interfaith Community Health Center is changing its name to Unity Care NW.

The organization announced the new name at its gala fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 4.

The old name referred to “our historic partnership with our friends at the Interfaith Coalition,” Des Skubi, executive director for Unity Care NW, said in a news release.

These days, Interfaith Coalition focuses on housing for those in need.

“Each organization has a unique mission,” Skubi said. “It makes sense that each organization have a unique name to reflect their unique mission.”

Unity Care NW provides dental, behavioral health and pharmacy services, along with primary care on a sliding-fee scale. It has clinics in Bellingham, Ferndale and Point Roberts.

About 16.5 percent of Whatcom County residents, about 32,000 people, live at or below the poverty line, according to Unity Care NW.

An increasing number of these local residents are turning to Unity Care NW for services.

It will serve more than 17,500 this year, according to the news release.