milestone in the treatment and prevention of HIV-AIDS in East Texas happened
this week in Nacogdoches.
Health Horizons has
dedicated its brand new comprehensive clinic. Soon, it will serve hundreds of
patients and teach thousands more from a 12-county region. East Texas News was
invited to the private dedication, an event for the agency's most loyal
The Wilbert Brown Jr.
Health Center opened its doors first to its staff and loyal donors.
"People just don't
give to HIV," Dr. Wilbert Brown Jr., the director of Health Horizons, said. "It's
last. It's least, but God just opened up doors to us."
Thanks to the
servants who decades ago helped, instead of turning away, the person with HIV-AIDS.
"The only people that
we knew about in those days who had AIDS/HIV were either gay men or drug users,
neither of which were the kind of folks that everybody didn't want to have a
conversation about," the Rev. Kyle Childress, a Health Horizons supporter,
individuals are breaking the silence.
"I'm a cancer
survivor and I can tell people I had cancer," Brown said. "Hypertension, you
can tell people you have that. Diabetes you can tell. But have you ever heard anyone
tell you they have AIDS-HIV. They don't even have anyone to talk to."
The new health center
will give over 250 clients a place to come when they're sick with all kinds of
illnesses. It's no longer a place just for the medications which help keep them
alive. So many new services will be offered in this building. Clients will
start coming to their new facility next week.
Dental care will
eliminate long trips to Longview. It's all possible thanks to generous donors.
"And this is
what this is all about, the people," donor M. L. Glenn said.
"It helps take care
of people that a lot of folks don't want to take care of and we're to take care
of everyone without any prejudice," Rev. Steve Newton, the pastor of
Westminster Presbyterian Church.
And for the gesture,
Brown saw to it that rooms are dedicated to loyal supporters.
"I'm at a loss for
words," said board member Lonnie White.
But the true thanks
will be knowing they're providing a service which Brown says is desired and