Our History

history-building

In the fall of 1999, four diverse groups of Shreveport citizens, meeting independently, identified a compelling need for a free pharmacy in Northwest Louisiana. Each of the groups recognized a gap in the health care services for the indigent. The uninsured were able to get healthcare at Louisiana State University Health Science Center but had no resource for their medicines. Unable to follow their doctor’s orders, these uninsured patients often ended up back in the hospital again and again for the same illness or further complications due to their noncompliance. These groups included the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the Episcopal Diocese of Western Louisiana, the First Presbyterian Church, the Caddo Community Action Agency, and citizens representing many denominations. In March of 2000, these groups met to establish a “free pharmacy,” and a governing board was established. The name Northwest Louisiana Interfaith Pharmacy (Interfaith Pharmacy) was chosen to represent the concept of inclusiveness and support from the entire faith community. The Interfaith Pharmacy started providing services in May of 2003.