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Bethesda Mission unveils new medical, dental clinics

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At the Bethesda Mission, the goal is to rescue, redeem and restore the poor and homeless of Harrisburg.

That includes people like Stephen Coble.

"I'm a recovering addict," said Coble, who has been at the Bethesda Mission for two months. "I been to rehabs and halfway houses and none of those worked for me. Within these two months, I've gotten closer to God, just the blessings that come in it," he said.

People at the Bethesda Mission said the newest blessing is the 6,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art medical and dental clinic.

Scott Dunwoody, director of development at Bethesda Mission, said physical healing is just as important as emotional healing.

"It's very difficult for them to do that if they're struggling with very significant physical problems and mental problems," Dunwoody said.

Bethesda Mission has been running a medical clinic for 24 years and a dental clinic for five years. The former facilities were less than ideal.

"We're operating out of rented trailers; very inadequate - and the greatest inadequacy was in the dental clinic which was in a guest room," Dunwoody said.

The new facility features six medical exam rooms and a stocked pharmacy on the first floor. The seconds floor holds a fully-equipped dental office which includes a brand new x-ray machine; everything Bethesda needs to help carry out this part of the mission.

"Where in the world that you can go and get everything that you need in one building?" said Coble. "It's a blessing to be able to come here and get everything you need as far as your health."

Bethesda Mission is not a walk-in clinic. Approximately 4,500 people are seen there every year.

To keep the facility up and running, donations are needed. If you would like to help, visit www.bethesdamission.org/help-bethesda/donate/.

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