BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The desire to serve is the foundation upon which Bethel Free Health Clinic stands.
"He (God) has granted our hearts' desire," says Judy Bultman, Founder Bethel Ministry.
It's a ministry that started from one volunteer nurse, Casie Brown, in the days following Hurricane Katrina.
"Who would have thought that this began from a small little church on Pass Road, one of the smallest churches around, Bethel Lutheran Church," says Bultman.
From those humble beginnings, more than three years later, a new clinic has been built.
"We should shout for joy for this victory," says Bultman.
The need for this place of medical, social and mental healing is needed now more than ever. More than 50% of the patients who came for treatment last month at the clinic's temporary location were new patients.
"The working people are now poorer, just because you have a job doesn't mean that you can have insurance," says Clinic Director Judy Jones.
Now with more room to serve, the clinic hopes to expand its services.
"We need an OBGYN for women's care issues, and we need a dentist. If I had a dentist one day a week or month, I'd be happy," says Jones.
"We believe in the power of healing and the power of compassion. We also believe in the power of kindness," says Pastor Elijah Mitchell, Board of Directors.
Having seen more than 24-thousand people since Katrina, this clinic is ever steady in its mission to serve thousands more through care and compassion.
The Bethel Free Health Clinic will open Tuesday, March 17th at 8:45 a.m. It's located at 1650 Carrol Street in Biloxi. You can call (228) 594-3640 for more information.