COPPERAS COVE (May 2, 2013) --- A Copperas Cove emergency shelter is hoping to open a free clinic.
The Cove House is an emergency shelter in Copperas Cove that serves men, women and children regardless of their situation.
"Unfortunately if you're a 30-year-old man who's just lost a job and don't have an alcohol or drug abuse problem there's nothing really for you other than Cove House in this area," Cove House Director Benjamin Tindall said.
Last year Cove House helped more than 360 people and had to turn some away because of lack of space.
"The closest shelter that would house in the demographic we provide to is really in Austin or Waco, we take into about a 60 to 70 mile radius," Tindall said.
The increase in the number of people seeking help has underscored the need for a free clinic.
Tindall said after talking with many of the clients at Cove House his staff realized that some have no plan in place if they were to get sick.
"There's several nurses and doctors in the area that are on board right now and we're working to find a location, we're working with Metroplex Hospital currently trying to secure a clinic facility," Tindall said.
Tindall said a free clinic operates in Killeen that’s constantly full and hopes another one in the Copperas Cove area will help fill the void.