Free Clinic is up and running in Collinsville

COLLINSVILLE, Okla. - A free clinic in Collinsville is considered a life saver for those in need.

Open less than a year, it's already served 500 people and counting.    

Here's how their vital, free help is making a difference to many. Arubah Community Clinic in Collinsville is the vision of Hilary Nicholson.

"I was reading the book 'Crazy Love' by Francis Chan and I felt called by God to open a free clinic," Nicholson said.

She says it took a lot of prayer, hard work and help from the community to make this clinic happen.

Arubah is a Hebrew word, Hilary says, that means restoration to sound health. She says she picked that word because it captures the meaning of the clinic's mission.

"Our mission is Christ-based. We not only take care of the natural, physical and emotional but the spiritual health as well," Nicholson said.

The patients line up for the free health care. Patients like Leslie Himebaugh, who says this clinic has made a huge difference in her life.

"When I heard about this, it's perfect for me. I came in, and they helped me out tremendously," Himebaugh said.

Leslie is a self-employed single mother without health insurance. And the Arubah Community Clinic is just what the community needs.

"I work with 26 people. Ten don't have health insurance, so this is a perfect place for us. It helps us out. It helps our community out," Himebaugh said.

At this clinic all staff are volunteers and patients do not pay a dime, although donations are accepted. In fact, the clinic is funded entirely on donations.

While Hilary says the care they provide may help the patients heal, she believes a higher power is also playing a role.

"Yes we are making a huge difference in a lot of areas, but every patient who comes through is offered prayer and I think prayer is making the biggest difference in these patients lives," Nicholson said.

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