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Hope Clinic’s founder, Dr. Dan Heffernan, was called home to God on October 4th.    We are grateful to God that Dr. Dan now lives in peace with our Lord.

Dr. Dan was, simply put, an incredible servant of God, who felt called to begin The Hope Clinic or order to serve those without insurance in Ypsilanti.  God blessed the ministry, which grew from Dr. Dan serving alone with just his doctor’s bag in the back of his car, to what it is serving thousands of those living in poverty with medical care, dental care, food and care + prayer.

Dr. Dan was a humble man who didn’t want the glory or praise go to him, but rather to Him.  He regularly said, “It’s not me, it’s God—I’m just tagging along.”  

Please join us in in a prayer of thanksgiving to God for Dr. Dan.  Although we are happy for him knowing that he is free of any pain and lives at peace with His Lord, we grieve with those who miss him not only for what God did through him, but for who he was.

The funeral will Saturday, October 13th at noon at Christ the King Church in Ann Arbor.  There will be an area for Hope volunteers, patients, staff and supporters.


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A History of Hope Clinic



  • Hope Clinic is founded by Dr. Dan Heffernan

  • The Medical Clinic begins as a Saturday morning walk-in clinic, operating out of borrowed space


  • The Hope Food Bank begins, operating out of volunteers’ homes


  • Hope Clinic is incorporated

  • The Hope Board of Directors is established


  • Cathy Robinson is hired as Executive Director, the first paid staff position


  • Hope’s Food Bank and administrative offices move to the Hope Center building at 518 Harriet St. in Ypsilanti

  • Hope’s Weekend Meals program is launched out of the Ypsilanti Salvation Army building


  • New programs begin at Hope Center including the Wash With Care laundry program, an Emergency Financial Assistance program, and the Care and Share Closet stocked with items not available with food stamps


  • Hope Medical Clinic moves to a building at 103 Arnet St. in Ypsilanti and expands hours


  • Hope Dental Clinic begins in a building at 9 S. Adams St. in Ypsilanti


  • Hope establishes a satellite medical clinic in western Wayne County


  • A capital campaign is launched to house all of Hope’s Ypsilanti programs under one roof in Hope Center


  • Expansion and renovations of Hope Center are completed

  • The Medical Clinic, Dental Clinic, and Weekend Meals programs move to the Hope Center building


  • Cathy Robinson retires, and a new executive director is hired

  • Dr. Dan retires from Board of Directors and as Medical Director—Dr. Jean Cederna becomes the new Medical Director


  • Farm Stand 454, housing Hope’s produce distribution program, has its grand opening

  • Hope Clinic continues to offer programs to meet basic needs, serving people in the name of Christ


  • Douglas Campbell becomes the new executive director


  • New mental health pilot is launched

  • New logo launched to highlight 4 major areas: medical, dental, food and Care + prayer; including a new tagline “a haven of help and healing.”