BULLARD, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas ministry that has provided free care for those in need will soon be housed under a new building.
The Mission House in Bullard broke ground to begin construction of a new 5,000 square foot facility that will have multiple ministries all under one roof.
Hazel Mason started the ministry at Bullard First United Methodist Church 13 years ago to help people in need.
"You know, when I was a kid growing up, I didn't have a lot of the things that other people had. I had to go without clothes, food sometimes," Mason said.
Right now, the food and clothes pantry are in a separate area from the clinic. But this new building will be big enough to have everything under one roof.
The clinic will also expand from two rooms to six, and dental care will start to be offered.
Church officials say as the ministry has continued to grow, it's brought more and more people together throughout the community.
"This really has become something that started in the church, grew into a community ministry. It's kind of like the child has become their own, which we're very excited to see, because we believe that this can go nowhere but up," David Brasher, Senior Pastor at Bullard First United Methodist Church, explained.
Mason said they wouldn't have been able to take this next step without that support from the community.
"A lot of work, a lot of volunteers, (and) a lot of prayer," Mason said was what it took to get this new building.
"It's just amazing. It's just good people all working together," she added.
Mason said construction is expected to take about six months, and they hope to have the new building open in early 2017.