Abdul Arif, an American immigrant, opened the Mayflower Clinic in 2010 as a way to give back to a community he says has given him so much. The clinic gives uninsured working adults free medical care. Nursing Director Mary Burke says, "We have a lot of people in their 50's. Mostly because they've been laid off and they're too old to get a job."
A recent move to a new building allows the clinic to now offer mental healthcare everyday of the week, free of charge. Arif says, "The need for mental health services is enormous. Especially if you notice the kind of waiting periods that is required for some of the non-profits can go on for quite some time before they're seen." Governor Sam Brownback joined the board Friday for a ribbon cutting at the new facility.
Arif believes this free service could help prevent small issues from becoming major problems. He says, "In light of these mass killings, school shootings and what not, all of these tragedies have an element of mental health."
Burke sees the change it's making in one man's life, a man whose mental state keeps him from working. Burke says, "He has anxiety problems and he wants to look for a job. So he's on his way to do that. He's not ready yet, but he's on his way."
The doors stay open with small donations, while the volunteers strive to make a big difference. Arif says, "It's been our lifelong dream. It's not just me, there are others too, we feel especially grateful to the United States for coming here and having the opportunity to be successful. This is our way of giving back."
The clinic also offers free flu shots. Anyone needing a shot is asked to call and make an appointment first.