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Catholic Charities to open second clinic in Woodbridge

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The Catholic Charities’ Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic, which opened its doors just over two years ago to serve poor and uninsured residents of Manassas and Manassas Park, is now expanding to Woodbridge.

Calling the Manassas clinic a “powerful, visible witness to the Gospel of Life,” Bishop Michael F. Burbidge announced the development at the Feb. 7 Catholic Charities Ball. “I am so pleased and honored tonight to announce that by the grace and mercy of God, early this spring Catholic Charities will be expanding and opening the second Mother of Mercy Free Medical Clinic for adult men and women in Woodbridge,” he said.

The new clinic will open at 13900 Church Hill Drive, Woodbridge, in space that has been occupied by the Prince William Area Free Clinic. The clinic’s board of directors decided to close the 27-year-old clinic in early April due to ongoing “financial and resource challenges” and asked Catholic Charities if it would expand to Woodbridge.

When it opens its second clinic in late April, Catholic Charities will serve the health care needs of uninsured and underinsured adults, regardless of faith, throughout Prince William County.

“The need for free, high quality health care in our diocese is great. With this second clinic, Catholic Charities will be able to provide compassionate care to serve the most vulnerable adults who come from all of Prince William County,” said Art Bennett, president and CEO of Catholic Charities.

As in Manassas, the new Woodbridge clinic will rely primarily on volunteer medical professionals and other volunteers to staff the clinic. It will have one full-time nurse and one part-time front office staff member. Alexandra Luevano, clinic director of the Manassas clinic, will also direct the Woodbridge office.

“God has blessed our desire to serve men and women in need of medical care,” Bennett said. “When we opened the Mother of Mercy Free Clinic in Manassas in December 2017, we had several supportive parishes, generous donors and were able to attract hundreds of medical and other volunteers — doctors, nurses, physical therapists, dieticians and others — to support this mission. We believe God will show us the same community support in Woodbridge so we can provide essential health care to a greater number of people in need.”

Snider is deputy director of diocesan communications.

Volunteer

For medical professionals or others who want to volunteer at the clinic, contact Alexandra Luevano at 703/335-2779 ext. 15 or alexandra.luevano@ccda.net.

 

 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2020