Free clinic in Martin County

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

One organization is providing not only free medical care, but also offering spiritual guidance to folks across the country.

Touched Twice United offers a variety of medical and non-medical services to people who cannot afford them.

On Saturday, the organization held a clinic for hundreds in Martin County.

Hundreds packed the Roy Collier Community Center in Inez seeking a variety of medical needs.

"Vision screenings, medical screenings, dermatology, a cardiologist. We're also doing cholesterol and diabetes checks," said Brian Owens, a pastor in Inez.

One of the most popular areas was the third floor, where people got their vision checked and could pick a new pair of glasses.

"Eye doctors are expensive, and glasses are expensive. It's a good opportunity to get things done," said Martha Maynard, who lives in Martin County.

Folks could also get their haircut and even take a family picture for free.

"We care about trying to help them better their lives in all aspects," said Tom Biddle, a volunteer.

But Touched Twice United does not just focus on medical and physical needs. It also promotes spiritual fulfillment.

"Restoration is both physical and spiritual. We can heal them once with their body and physical ailments. But also, we are human beings, we are spiritual beings as well," said Clinic Coordinator Michael Shoemaker.

"We are trying to let the people know, who are hurting and have needs, that we care about them. We'll come to them and meet them where they are," said Owens.

Volunteers say they hope this has a lasting positive impact on the community.

Event organizers say they hope to have another free clinic in the area next year.

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