In Gouverneur, Faith & Help

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A health clinic staffed by volunteers - and funded through donations - is operating in Gouverneur.

The clinic opened in a mini-mall on East Main Street last May, and has seen as few as 20 people a month, and as many as 50.

Four nurse practitioners and other volunteers keep the "Health & Hope Mission Free Clinic" open.

The clinic offers a variety of screening services and care for chronic health problems, and aims to serve people who don't have health insurance and can't otherwise afford medical care.

"People shouldn't feel inhibited or ashamed or afraid to call, becasuse we're here to serve them," said Amy Breglia, a volunteer patient advocate.

The clinic is motivated by Christian convictions; a Biblical quote on one of the clinic's walls speaks of showing love for people through action.

"When someone calls and wants an appointment, and I can set them up with that appointment, you can almost hear the relief in their voice that they have somewhere to go," said Noreen Boclair, a volunteer secretary.

The clinic costs about $800 a month to run; if you want to dfonate or want more information about the clinic, you can call (315) 287-1406 and leave a message. In addition, the clinic is holding an open house from 6 to 8 pm Thursday.

Monday, November 24, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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