AMOR hosted a groundbreaking in August 2019 for its 20,000 square-foot, $8 million health clinic in Mendota. Image via AMOR.

published on August 9, 2019 - 11:18 AM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Fresno-based nonprofit AMOR (Alliance for Medical Outreach & Relief) is hosting a groundbreaking next week for a health clinic and neighborhood resource center in Mendota.

The two building, 20,000 square-foot clinic will provide youth, behavioral health and social services in addition to primary medical and dental care.

It will also include a day care, public food pantry, nutrition education, specialty care, violence prevention classes, substance abuse counseling and parenting education.

“Mendota, like many other rural communities across the county, has never had the medical, social and youth development services it needs to thrive,” said Davena Witcher, executive director of AMOR, in a statement. “The AMOR Wellness center is going to change this dynamic forever and thanks to our many partners, we are building a sustainable model for rural communities that will be duplicated across the country.”

AMOR’s new facility will house services provided by Marjaree Mason Center, Madera Community Hospital, Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, Learn 4 Life, West Hills Community College, Centro La Familia and Turning Point of Central California.

The $8 million dollar project will also feature a community space that includes a community garden, outdoor basketball court, developmental playground and green space.

Expected to be complete by July 2020, the AMOR Wellness Center will be open to the public on evenings and weekends, and is designed to accommodate the working hours of farmworkers and their families.

According to a news release from AMOR, Mendota residents currently must travel more than 40 miles to the nearest hospital or specialty care clinic.

The groundbreaking is scheduled for 10 a.m. on Aug. 16 at the corner of Belmont and Derrick avenues.

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