ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) -- A non-profit retirement community in Asheville is working to bring a new senior medical clinic and resource closets to the community.
“The reason we’re doing that is most seniors do not have immunity to a lot of viruses out there, so going to a different source for medical services, they’re exposed to viruses they may not have immunity for. So that community medical clinic is open to all,” said Jill Knight, Brooks-Howell Home admissions coordinator.
Residents and staff of Brooks-Howell Home are hosting a yard sale fundraiser to raise money for the project.
The sale lasts until 3 p.m. Friday, and again Saturday from 7 a.m. until noon. There are signs and balloons at the entrance to the retirement community, just off Merrimon Avenue.
Anyone can stop by the sale, located at the 10-acre Brooks-Howell community, which is supported by the United Methodist women.
Furniture, clothing and home goods have been donated by residents and staff. They say any unsold items will be donated to several local outreach agencies.
Money raised will help fund a community medical clinic for seniors, as well as a senior medical equipment closet. Proceeds will also help support the creation of a baby supply closet at the nearby St. Paul's United Methodist Church.
Brooks-Howell staff say an existing building on the campus will be renovated for the medical clinic. Services will be available to all seniors older than 65.
Staff say medical providers have already signed on, as well as a local pharmacy provider, to supply patients with prescriptions at low or no cost.
The medical center and equipment closet are expected to open in December 2018.