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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Baptist Memorial Health Care's and Christ Community Health Services' mobile health care clinic rolled into Memphis Friday to provide care of the homeless.

The mobile clinic, like a rolling emergency room, is the connection between those who have nothing and all the services and resources that are available for them in Shelby County.

"I'm at the Sheraton Hotel downtown here in Memphis," said Debbie Mason, who used to be homeless. "On a walk back, doing me some shopping at the Dollar Store before going back to work."

Mason has been a patient in the mobile clinic when it was  smaller than  the new mobile bus. But after being treated and receiving social aid, she's working again.

Marian Bacon, formerly homeless, is now employed. She says when she found the mobile clinic she was in dire straits.

"I was homeless because of identity theft (I had no place to go) cause I was cut off of TennCare," Bacon said. "I had a lot of medical problems so it was suggested to me. It was a very humbling experience. Felt like they treated me with respect and dignity and they helped me find other resources."

The mobile clinic does a lot more than take care of the sick and hurting. It is a rolling resource center for helping those who are hurt and broken in spirit as well."

"We also partner with Common Alliance for the Homeless, which helps Project Homeless Connect two or three times a year, which helps us as a community to wrap around and provide resources that's needed for the homeless population," said  Cynthia Allen, Baptist Health Care.

This new bus is so much bigger than the 10-year-old year mobile clinic that is being retired. But when you find out all the good work the old van has done, you can only imagine what this brand new bus will do to help the homeless.

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