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Homeless service provider expands to bring health care to those in need

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Martha's Village & Kitchen is expanding to bring health care services to those in need.

The organization has teamed up with Borrego Health to open its very first community health care center at its location in Indio.

"It’s for homeless and impoverished people, and it’s a life-changing event because everybody should have the best of medical care," Martha's Village & Kitchen President and CEO, Linda Barrack said.

Barrack has been with the service provider for 6 years. She says the new center couldn't come sooner.

"It was past necessary. It really needed to be done," Barrack said.

The center provides a wide array of services including case management, food and boarding to homeless and low-income individuals in need.

The new site includes 3 exam rooms, 1 treatment room and a laboratory.

"We will have a wide range of clinical staff. We will have a full-time nurse practitioner and then we will have a nursing staff and other ancillary clinical staff as well," Borrego Health CEO, Makia Wallis said.

The site is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Services span from various needs.

"General care, physicals, seeing children. We're going to be doing vaccines. We have lab services. We do also have X-rays, not here but at a different clinic that we can refer the patient to. We do have transportation services as well," Nurse Practitioner, Monica Diaz said.

Diaz is the nurse practitioner who will be on site.

“It’s not just homeless. It’s open to the public so it could just be anyone," Diaz said.

Officials are expecting to expand the clinic by 2020 to bring patients care 5 days a week.

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Shelby Nelson

Shelby Nelson is a News Reporter for KESQ News Channel 3. She joined our team in September 2019 after living in San Francisco for 6 years. Learn more about Shelby here.

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