In the summer of 2013, we announced plans to move and expand our ministry. We’ve been working tirelessly since then to raise the funds needed to buy a larger building and add to our service offerings a nonprofit dental practice. Today, I am very pleased to inform you we have secured a new home for the Good Samaritan Health Center of Gwinnett. On Friday, October 23rd, we acquired a 13,000 s.f. property at 5949 Buford Hwy., Norcross.
Founded in 2005, this Christian health center has served the poor and uninsured in its original 4,300 s.f. facility on Club Drive in Lawrenceville. On a busy day, we will see 125 customers pass through the clinic. Our parking lot holds only twenty-seven cars, so you can imagine how crowded the office and lot can become. Last year, we provided 11,989 patient appointments, and we expect to serve 17,000 customer visits this year. We saw we had no choice but to move and grow if we were to adequately serve the community as our founders intended. The center was started a decade ago by a small group of volunteers, and today is supported by fourteen employees and nearly 500 volunteers.
Our holistic approach to healthcare has been limited to medicine and counseling because of our space restrictions, but next year we overcome that problem. We will move our operation to the new location in the spring of 2016, after its interior renovation is completed. At that time, we will offer the uninsured of the north metro Atlanta area access to low-cost medical, dental, pharmacy, and counseling services. In addition, we will continue our secondary mission of training future medical professionals in the conservative approach to providing healthcare for the poor. We have provided clinical rotations for more than 150 pharmacy, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner students during the recent four years.
Although we have reached this important milestone, our campaign is not yet finished. We will spend nearly $1 million on renovation and equipment before we can use the new building, and we will open the doors with more operating overhead than ever before. Your generous support of our work is just as critical as at any time in the past, perhaps even more so. We have raised $3.6 of our $7 million five year budget, and we forge ahead in faith the remaining dollars needed to fund all planned programs will be provided. We ask you to step out in faith with us; please make a donation today to help bring us closer to our goal. Partner with us to DOUBLE our impact during the next five years.