Grants, volunteers give clinic new floor

Thursday, September 15, 2011
Virginia Benefiel, a long-time volunteer nurse, was showing off the new vinyl plank flooring that was installed throughout the Mission Clinic of Berryville utilizing $2,000 in grant funds and volunteer labor. Standing behind her were Hector and Marisela Rangel who contributed their time and talents to get the job done. Anna Mathews / Carroll County News

BERRYVILLE -- Thanks to the Carroll County Community Foundation and local volunteers like Hector Rangel, the Mission Clinic of Berryville is able to continue serving the medical needs of many of Carroll County's uninsured who might otherwise go without necessary heath care.

Last year the Mission Clinic moved into its new facility, conveniently located along U.S. Hwy. 62 at the east end of Berryville.

Although the clinic's "new" location was much more accessible to those seeking its free medical services, the building did require some improvements. Among other things, a significant portion of the floor needed to be replaced.

Because the Mission Clinic is a nonprofit organization that is staffed, operated and funded entirely by the community, it relies heavily on the generosity of Carroll County citizens.

Last year, the Carroll County Community Foundation (CCCF) presented the clinic with a $2,000 grant for the specific purpose of replacing the worn and damaged floor.

Hector Rangel, a parishioner at neighboring St. Anne's Catholic Church who had visited the clinic years ago, volunteered to install the flooring with help from his nephew Jesse Fernandezdelara and cousin Edgar Rangel. Also assisting with the project was his wife Marisela, who cleaned the facility once the work was done.

"Volunteers worked in the scorching heat to install the new floor," remembered Virginia Benefiel, a long-time clinic nurse who recruited Hector and his crew.

"The clinic's grateful staff of nurses kept the volunteers fed and hydrated," she said.

"The entire project truly was a success and a community effort."

The goal of the Mission Clinic, she added, is to treat patients as children of God, deserving of dignity and respect -- and that includes treatment in a facility that is convenient, safe and clean.

The grant from the CCCF, she said, and the efforts of people like Hector have made it possible for the clinic to provide such a facility.

Anyone interested in volunteering for the clinic or making a donation should email the Mission Clinic at clinicark@gmail.com.

The clinic opens its doors at 5:30 p.m. the first and third Tuesday of every month when doctors and nurses are available. It is also open every Friday afternoon, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., when nurses are available.

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