Springfield behavioral health clinic serving hot dinners to residents in need

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

An outpatient behavioral health clinic that is opening its second location in Springfield is now distributing free hot dinners to residents in need out of a purple bus.

“It’s going to be a regular thing,” Mandy Gabbert, a manager of human resources, operations and marketing at PATH Integrated Healthcare said. “We’re still working out an actual schedule because we are going to do it in a few different cities we have offices in.”

She told the News-Sun that as of right now they are hoping to distribute meals on Sundays and Thursdays in Springfield.

Earlier this week, PATH Integrated Healthcare served about 50 to 60 people on Sunday and Monday, Gabbert said. She is expecting there to be more people once there is a regular schedule.

The organization also handed out free coats, blankets, hats, gloves, socks and supplies during the distribution.

PATH Integrated Healthcare is trying to help the community they serve as much as they can, Gabbert said.

“We’re trying to do as much good as we can. There’s a lot of need out there. We really just want to better our communities and help people better their lives,” Gabbert said.

PATH Integrated Healthcare bought the purple bus to begin their new nonprofit organization, PATH Mobile Pantry, Gabbert said. She said they are starting out with the free dinners.

PATH Integrated Healthcare, located at 2057 S. Limestone St., provides counseling, case management and nursing services including medication management. The behavioral health clinic works with individuals as young as three, all the way through the end of life.

Counseling services are available to adults, children, couples, families or groups, Gabbert explained. Case management services will assist with helping individuals find housing, food, clothing or other resources.

“It’s really unending what they can help with,” Gabbert said.

She told the News-Sun that they are planning to open their second Springfield office, located at 233 W. Pleasant St., within weeks.

The organization has other locations in Ohio including Cincinnati, Middletown, Fairborn and Xenia.

For updates on their dinner distribution schedule, search for Path Integrated Healthcare or PATH Mobile Pantry on Facebook or call 937-226-9787 or 1-844-584-7284.

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