We are so excited to officially welcome Health Services of North Texas, Denton Community Food Center and Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County to the Serve Denton Center!
All three nonprofits signed long-term lease agreements this summer, which means construction on these projects will begin Fall 2018. They are projected to be finished by Spring 2019.
Health Services of North Texas
Health Services of North Texas (HSNT), a federally qualified health center, will open its fifth location in Denton County at the Serve Denton Center. The organization will provide family medicine, women’s services, case management, behavioral health, laboratory services, senior care, obstetrics, pediatrics, pharmacy and a future dental program on a sliding scale basis.
The 7,500 sf space will be comprised of 12 exam rooms, a laboratory and pharmacy. Sixty-Eight percent of HSNT’s patients living in the city of Denton are in zip codes closest to the Serve Denton Center. Establishing a center for medical care in this high-need area will increase accessibility for these residents.
Healthy People 2020 reports, “Primary Care Providers develop meaningful and sustained relationships with patients and provide integrated services while practicing in the context of family and community. Having a usual PCP is associated with greater patient trust in the provider, better patient-provider communication, increased likelihood that patients will receive proper care, and lower mortality from all causes.”
CEO of HSNT, Doreen Rue, said this project will have a big imapct on the health of our community and…
“Being located in close proximity to those in our community that need access to affordable, quality medical care in a timely manner will make a difference in the health of individuals, families and the overall health of our community.”
Denton Community Food Center
Denton Community Food Center will triple the size of its current space by colocating with Serve Denton. The organization will build a separate 10,500 sf building with an on-site freezer and cooler and overhead door for unloading daily food deliveries.
A “clean room” will allow volunteers to repackage donated bulk items into family-sized packages under appropriate food handling procedures.
One in five Denton residents experiences hunger or food insecurity in our community. Denton Community Food Center Board Chair Tom Newell, said,
“The new facility will increase our capacity to serve a growing community with updated equipment and processes. We will introduce “client choice” in the selection of food products families receive. We are looking forward to expanding our relationship with Serve Denton. A win-win for our community.”
Children's Advocacy Center for Denton County
Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County (CACDC) will move its Denton location to the Serve Denton Center and almost triple its footprint in Denton with 13,800 sf of space.
This space will include 13 therapy rooms, three forensic interview and observation rooms and a large childcare room. CACDC will be colocated with the Denton Police Department, Child Protective Services and the Denton County Sheriff to better serve communities North of Lake Lewisville.
According to the former President of the American Academy of Pediatrics, adverse childhood experiences are the single greatest unaddressed public health problem facing our nation. The CACDC model is about collaborating and removing barriers for victims as they go through the trauma of abuse.
Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County CEO Kristen Howell, LMSW said,
“Being a part of the Serve Denton group fosters important connections for our clients and ensures children have access to wraparound services.”
Serve Denton is thrilled to be partnering with Health Services of North Texas, Denton Community Food Center and Children’s Advocacy Center for Denton County to better serve those in need in our community.
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