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GREENSBORO, N.C. – For decades it has been considered a medically underserved area in east Greensboro, but now people who live in the Cottage Grove neighborhood have an option.

“It has been over 40 years since there has been a medical clinic here in the Cottage Grove side of town,” said Heavenly Walker, board member for Mustard Seed Community Health.

Mustard Seed Community Health is a non-profit medical clinic located on South English Street within walking distance from nearby homes and apartments.

The building, formerly office space for New Hope Baptist Church, will include a lab with three exam rooms providing service to both adults and children who live in the neighborhood.

Board members for Mustard Seed Community Health say addressing the increase of asthma among young children in the area will be a priority.

“If we're successful, this can be a model that can be dropped in other neighborhoods throughout not just Greensboro, Guilford County, but throughout the whole nation,” said Scott Kutos, board chair for Mustard Seed Community Health.

Neighbors say the closeness to their homes has eliminated the problem of finding transportation to get health care.

“I am so grateful that it is in this neighborhood and that they will be adding more facilities I suppose, but it's a blessing,” Gladys Lawrence said.

“I think it's going to be real nice for the community,” Jeanette McNair said.

Mustard Seed Community Health says the faith-based community, including New Hope Baptist Church, has been a big supporter of the project.

Other financial supporters include individuals, foundations, and corporations.

A soft-opening of the facility was in March, but a grand opening celebration will take place April 30 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.