Outgoing clinic director looks back

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June 15 was my last day as executive director of The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties. I began my position in 2006, when it was still called Baptist Medical Clinic of Galax, Inc.
We were a clinic “without walls,” which meant we basically referred patients to doctors’ offices. We had no equipment or supplies, only 32 patients, and an annual income of $32,000.
My job was to build community awareness, lead the clinic to open a physical location and then manage the day to day activities.
I began reaching out to churches, organizations, businesses, local government and individuals to increase the awareness of our mission.
We changed our name to The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties and opened our physical location in 2007 at 300 W. Oldtown St. in Galax.
With increased community support we were able to acquire the necessary equipment, supplies, staff and volunteers to serve hundreds of patients.
In June 2010 we expanded and moved to 140 Larkspur Lane in Galax. We have more than 700 active patients and in 2011 our annual income was more than $200,000.
I would like to thank everyone who has supported The Free Clinic of the Twin Counties while I was director. I enjoyed working with each of you as we labored together to make a difference in the lives of people in need. I especially want to thank the churches for their support.
When I came to the clinic I considered my work as local mission work. As Acts 1:8 instructs us to do, I will continue to share the gospel in “Jerusalem, throughout Judea, and in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Pray for me as I continue my search for job possibilities as I look for the door God opens up. God bless.
Dina L. Clower