It’s Saturday morning in Round Rock Texas, just outside of Austin, and the caring has begun for yet another day because the Sacred Heart Community Clinic has opened its doors.
The brainchild of Liz Burton-Garcia, the clinic opened its doors in May and already has a patient list of more than 350 local residents. Burton-Garcia, a veteran of the Medical Mission of the Austin Diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, decided to open the clinic last year. After making a number of annual week-long medical outreach trips to Central and South America, she felt she was called to help “the people in our own backyard.” (By the way, she still heads off with the Mission and will be in Peru in September.)
The community support was instant and almost overwhelming, with Will Droste playing a key role in the success of the clinic. Will is a good friend of both Brinqa and the clinic and provided Brinqa with an opportunity to help the Clinic and donate toward their cause.
“I am pleased that with Will’s help we have been able to develop our relationship with the clinic and I look forward to their continued success,” said Brinqa President Hilda Perez. “We’re committed to the clinic and its amazing efforts.”
Through the generosity of Brinqa’s support and other benefactors, Burton-Garcia raised more than $300,000 in just a few months to buy the clinic building (on the Saint William’s Church campus) and has secured on-going funding sources to cover clinic expenses.
Since they have no debt and no paid staff, all of the money donated to the clinic goes directly into patient services, Burton-Garcia said.
“The community support has been extraordinary,” Burton-Garcia said. “People and companies and organizations donate money, doctors and nurses and staffers donate their time, and God puts all the rest of it together.”
The clinic opened in May of this year and has seen nearly 1,000 people so far. Burton-Garcia hopes to expand her provider volunteer base to both take some of the stress of the volunteer doctors and nurses and possibly expand the clinic’s hours of operation.
The clinic is a registered 501-c-3 non-profit and is dedicated to helping the residents of Williamson County who live in and around the Round Rock area. For more information on the clinic and to donate, please go to www.sacredheartclinic.org