The St. Luke's Episcopal mobile medical ministry goes into communities to give free health screenings and other care to people in the ArkLaTex.
Recently, a group from the Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations decided to help the ministry raise $10,000.
That's money that Betty Johnson, the ministry's executive director, said will be used to expand its schedule and reach more people.
Montezell Thomas, who is on dialysis and said he needs to keep a close eye on his blood pressure, caught the mobile center while it was at his local community center.
"Today is my birthday, and I wanted to make sure my blood pressure is fine before I do any extraneous activities."
He's one of 2,000 people the center expects to treat this year. So far, the mobile ministry has hosted about 180 clinics and served about 1,600 people.
"It's a small ministry that's been kept very quiet," Johnson said. "But when you think about the impact that we have, you know 2,000 people is no small number."
The center also focuses on providing help to the homeless. It goes to shelters with doctors and nurse practitioners who volunteer their time to provide primary care.
"There are so many people in the community working to improve the quality of life of the citizens that live here," said Johnson.
That's care that she says some might not be getting otherwise.
"We're basically their health care provider. They come to us, they don't have a doctor or a clinic they go to regularly."
For the ministry's clinic schedule and to find out how you can help, click here.
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