rolando_montoya_web.jpgHOLLYWOOD — With its March 16 grand opening, the Hollywood Outreach Health Clinic, 2056 Scott St., on the Broward Outreach Center’s Hollywood campus, is the second satellite location of the Miami Health Clinic, located at the Miami Rescue Mission, helping people in need who would be without healthcare — formerly homeless men, women and children.

The first satellite location opened in January 2011 on the campus of the Broward Outreach Center in Pompano Beach.

During last week’s opening ceremony, those gathered heard from guest speakers, from staff of the Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers, and observed award presentations to those whose efforts made the clinic a reality. After the ceremony attendees were invited to tour the clinic as well as the rest of the facilities of the Broward Outreach Center in Hollywood.

Keynote speaker Rolan-do Montoya, provost of Miami-Dade College, said of the occasion, “The best way to help the homeless is to provide holistic, comprehensive help with dignity … This is exactly what the Miami Rescue Mission and Broward Outreach Centers are doing on a daily basis, which has only been furthered here today.”

The 501(c)(3) nonprofit Miami Rescue Mission centers have served needy men, women, and children since 1922. Each day the organization provides food, shelter, clothing, education, job training, spiritual direction and long-term rehabilitation programs to nearly 1,000 homeless in Miami, Hollywood and Pompano. The mission also has at-risk after-school and summer day camp youth programs.

The organization started reaching out to the homeless in Broward County in 1992 and in 1997 the Broward Outreach Center in Hollywood was opened. Then in 2002 the Broward Outreach Center in Pompano Beach opened to serve the homeless in the north end of Broward.

The Hollywood Outreach Health Clinic will provide general medical, vision, dental and other services with the help of such partners as Ross University, Miami-Dade College, Nova Southeastern University, Florida Department of Health and many more.

“As we serve the homeless and needy of our community, it is so important to tend to their healthcare needs,” said the Rev. Ron Brummitt, Miami Rescue Mission/Broward Outreach Centers president. “It

doesn’t matter if you are a billionaire or have nothing, if you don’t have your health, nothing else really matters.”

In remarks to the crowd, Mara Giulianti, former Hollywood mayor, underscored the importance of the clinic, saying “You simply cannot meet your potential unless your physical body is healthy along with your mind and spirit. That’s exactly what we are kicking off here today.”


Photo: Rolando Montoya