Weekly Mission Spotlight: FIGS of Wake County

Filling in Gaps, FIGS, was established in 1982 by a group of Wake County residents, healthcare professionals, and churches to address a serious social problem: the need for prescription medicines for low-income people.

15 out of every 100 people living in Wake County do not have Health Insurance. FIGS of Wake County is dedicated to improving access to prescription healthcare for children and adults who are either uninsured or under-insured, and people who may be eligible for Medicaid but haven’t filed for benefits. In 2019, FIGS funded over 20,000 prescriptions for Wake County residents. In 2020, there are over 90,000 Wake County residents without health insurance who cannot afford their prescription medicine.

Applicants submit prescriptions from a doctor or hospital visit to a FIGS partner, Urban Ministries Crisis Support or Alliance Medical Ministry, and receive a voucher for the cost of their medication. Prescription vouchers are taken to pharmacies within the FIGS network and the medication is provided at no cost to the client. FIGS donations fund the purchase of two thirds of all generic medications dispensed for patients treated at the Urban Ministries Open Door Clinic. $2.8 million of prescription medicine have been purchased for more than 200,000 Wake County residents since 1982.

FIGS of Wake County has been a part of FPC’s mission budget since 2009 and First Presbyterian Church Raleigh is proud to be one of their faith partners.

To learn more, visit www.figsofwake.com.

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