The nonprofit Matthews HELP Center paid $150,000 for the .46 acres it recently bought from neighboring Matthews Free Medical Clinic, according to online county real estate records.
The HELP Center, 119 N. Ames St., closed the deal in late March, ending an about one-year search for ways to expand. The center plans to launch a capital campaign and begin construction within one to two years. Officials don’t yet know about how much money they’ll need to build or whether the new property will be used to house services or the nonprofit’s Backporch Treasures Thrift Boutique. The center won’t use the house currently on the free clinic site. As part of the agreement, the clinic – which also wants to expand – has 18 months to find a new home. The clinic was founded in 2004, but has been operating out of the house at 113 N. Ames St. since 2008. The property was donated to the nonprofit. The land sold in 1997 for $50,000, according to the records.
In the last fiscal year, the HELP Center served 3,865 families and fed 3,992 individuals enough food for one week. Since July 2011, the center is on track to serve approximately 5,000 clients and feed 6,000 individuals during this fiscal year.
Find more information online about the Matthews HELP Center at www.matthewshelpcenter.org.
Find more information online about the Matthews Free Medical Clinic at www.matthewshealthclinic.org.