Mission of Mercy Opens Free Healthcare Clinic in South Phoenix

Phoenix Vice Mayor Yassamin Ansari and Pastor Armando Barraza of NPHX Church South Campus led our ribbon cutting, welcoming the new MOM clinic in South Phoenix! Thank you to Nathan Hunnell of CenterWell Pharmacy (and MOM Board Member) and all who joined our team for the dedication and ribbon cutting for the new South Phoenix Clinic. Here is more information from our official Press Release:

MOM AZ, a Phoenix-based nonprofit dedicated to providing free primary medical care and medications to those without health insurance, is opening a new clinic in South Phoenix at NPHX Church South Campus, 6520 S. Central Ave.

“The NPHX South Campus is thrilled to begin this new partnership with Mission of Mercy. This collaboration will allow us to serve our community better, and their focus on restoring dignity aligns perfectly with our ministry values,” said Armando Barraza, pastor at NPHX South Campus. “We are very thankful to have the opportunity to host Mission of Mercy as they provide medical care to our South Phoenix family and neighbors.”

Unlike other free or low-cost healthcare clinics, MOM clinics have no prequalification process, which sometimes deters people from seeking medical help. With a mission to “restore dignity,” MOM removes barriers to care by placing clinics on public transportation routes, providing volunteer bilingual medical interpreters at its clinics, and offering an equitable medical home for the underserved. The majority of care is provided by retired volunteer doctors and nurses who have a heart for helping those in need, supervised by a small team of medical staff.

“We feel very blessed to have identified this new location, which is a sister site to our clinic partner at North Phoenix Baptist Church,” said Mission of Mercy Executive Director Paula Carvalho. “This new location will enable us to have a seamless transition for the patients we already serve in this area and will also allow us to grow our patient base. This is important because AHCCCS recently ended the continuous coverage it provided during the pandemic, which impacts approximately 600,000 to 700,000 Arizonans who now lack coverage. That’s in addition to the estimated 800,000 Arizonans who already do not have health insurance.”

Patients who were previously seen at The Zion Institute in South Phoenix will now be seen at the new site. The clinic is open the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. excluding holidays. A bilingual appointment line is open Mondays and Thursdays from 1-6 p.m. at 602.486.7798.

Mission of Mercy recently celebrated its 25th anniversary serving patients in Maricopa County. More than 300,000 patient visits and 500,000 prescription medications have been provided since 1997.