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Local ministry, food pantry needs help serving the community

By Krystal Allan – bio | email

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - Mary Belcher depends on volunteers like Dr. Buck Franklin for her healthcare needs. She's among the 60 patients Gulf Coast Community Ministries' free clinic sees each month.

"They're all acquainted with your case, your needs and they listen to what you have to say. They do their best to fit those needs," Belcher said.

Dr. Franklin said the clinic plays a critical role in meeting healthcare needs on the front end.

"It is an absolute necessity that this clinic stay open or these individuals would be sitting in the emergency rooms taking up space and physician time there," Dr. Franklin said.

At Gulf Coast Community Ministries, volunteers believe meeting people's needs go beyond their physical care. Social workers volunteer counseling and mental healthcare services.  The ministry's goal is to make the ministry a one-stop shop as they work to help families and the homeless.

"They can come here and get clothes, food, medical care, counseling and they can help with their housing," Executive Director Chris Nuss said.

To keep pantry shelves full and families fed, the group is kicking off a new effort.

"If organizations would like to adopt the pantry, they can pick a day, week or a month. We will then distribute the food, and our families are so appreciative of the help," Nuss said.

Gulf Coast Community Ministries is located at 3914 15th Street. It sits across the street from West Elementary in Gulfport. For more information, you call the ministry's office at (228) 868-8202 or visit www.gulfcoastministry.net. You can also visit Gulf Coast Community Ministries on Facebook.

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