Westminister Free Clinic

My husband, Terry, and I volunteer Wednesday nights at a

free medical & legal clinic. I see patients and he sees people

with legal questions. I also have a volunteer gig at our

local public TV station, hosting shows. I was privileged to

be the host of the director of The Westminister Free Clinic,

where doctors, dentists, lawyers, nurse practitioners, dieticians,

chiropractors, and high school students, volunteer every Wednesday

night all year round. For a large part of the community, this

is the only health care they get. It’s non-government funded

and run exclusively by the kindness of those who can help, and

do. Being a part of this community service has been a real gift

for me and my husband. I hope you watch, enjoy, and feel free

to share the video. It’s also a hope it helps to inspire other

communities to follow suit so those without access to health care

may be serviced.


About The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap

The year 1895 was filled with memorable historical events: the Dreyfus Affair divided France; Booker T. Washington gave his Atlanta address; Richard Olney, United States Secretary of State, expanded the effects of the Monroe Doctrine in settling a boundary dispute between the United Kingdom and Venezuela; and Oscar Wilde was tried and convicted for "gross indecency" under Britian's recently passed law that made sex between males a criminal offense. When the news of Wilde's conviction went out over telegraphs worldwide, it threw a small Nevada town into chaos. This is the story of what happened when the lives of its citizens were impacted by the news of Oscar Wildes' imprisonment. It is chronicle of hatred and prejudice with all its unintended and devastating consequences, and how love and friendship bring strength and healing. Paulette Mahurin, the author, is a Nurse Practitioner who lives in Ojai, California with her husband Terry and their two dogs--- Max and Bella. She practices women's health in a rural clinic and writes in her spare time. All profits from her book are going to animal rescue, Santa Paula Animal Shelter, the first and only no-kill shelter in Ventura County, CA, where she lives. (see links below on Ventura County Star Article & Shelter) To find out more please go the The Persecution of Mildred Dunlap on facebook or Amazon or e-mail us at the gavatar addresses. Thank you. (photos: of Paulette, her family, and a reading at The Ojai Art Center, July 2012)

70 Responses to Westminister Free Clinic

  1. tazzielove says:

    That was a great interview for an important & wonderful place that helps hundreds of people weekly.

  2. Angeline M says:

    What a wonderful thing! That more places would do this would be so good to keep people healthy and able to continue with productive lives.

    • Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the conversation.

      What you wrote is so true. It’s an incredible win-win for all involved. And, this place runs beautifully to service hundreds of people every Wednesday night. It’s wonderful to be a part of it. ❤

  3. Jean-Jacques says:

    How extraordinary to find such dedication survives, in a world of “what’s in it for me” that seems to prevail in today’s generational influence. Yet anyone who have had the good fortune of connecting with Paulette and Terry know that the opposite lives, and would not be surprised at the generosity of these tireless charitable beings. It is thanks to the kind of example this wonderful couple sets, that gives hope for the possibility of an eventual better world for future generations. Thank you Paulette and Terry for being there, and inspiring hope!

    • We feel very lucky that we found this clinic. When I stopped working at my regular medical job last Oct. I searched the internet to try to find a free clinic to work at, to be able to utilize all my years of training and experience, and was sadly disappointed when phone call after phone call the lines were disconnected. Then I came upon the Westminister Free Clinic and we went to see it. It’s an hour drive one way but well worth the effort on our part. The doctor who initiated setting this whole thing up is an angel, as are the other volunteers, who show up and do so much to help so many. Terry & I do our little small part and believe me the joy, the way it makes us feel, is better than any salary. Very happy you stopped by and entered the conversation. You’re always welcome and appreciated here. ❤

  4. What a wonderful set up…and what a wonderful example to the young people helping there…..but what a disgrace to a civilised nation that it should have needed to be set up.
    When politicians come calling for our votes we need to ask them whether our money collected in all the direct and indirect ways of taxation will be used to further an overblown industrial military complex or used to help people in need to have the capacity to live decent lives….and vote accordingly – but I suspect we need a whole new breed of candidate for that, someone coming from places like this clinic.

    • When you see this place, non-government funded, and how many it helps weekly, it shows what is possible. Not just for offering medical and legal services to the under-served but as a significant model for high school students, who become inspired and tapped into possibilities to rise above the cycle of poverty. There’s a woman there whose volunteer job is to counsel the high school students so they know how to get into colleges. Many have gone on to top universities and medical schools on scholarships. So glad you saw this and took the time to stop by to enter the conversation. ❤

  5. Gyslaine L. says:

    This is marvellous to do all that 🙂

    • Thank you. It’s a privilege we are fortunate enough to be able to put our education and experience to good use to help others. Really adds to the quality of our lives. And, this is so needed in this time when people are afraid to go, or can’t afford to go to see a doctor. Wish there were more like this. ❤

  6. OMC, this place is filled with angels. So Happy they’re still around. Pawkiss 🙂

  7. There is a like minded medical clinic in our area. There is a legal clinic but I think it mostly gives advise, not sure if they actually do any court work for folks. But it’s voluntary and I admire those who give of themselves ! Kudos to you and your husband!

  8. Denise Hisey says:

    Wow, Paulette, it takes an army to pull that off. What a wonderful gift to your community!
    Very impressive!

    • You said it, it is a gift and is run like a well greased, happy, army. Blew my mind, my first day there. All ages coming together to help a ton of people in need. The “feeling good” lingers for days. I feel so lucky we have this in driving distance so we get to be a part of it. ❤

  9. seeker says:

    Thank you for sharing the Good News. A great service!

  10. seeker says:

    Reblogged this on The Seeker and commented:
    Making a difference in the community: Volunteer

  11. Woow …. i wish i can be a part of it.

  12. ChgoJohn says:

    Such a great place to be affiliated with. Good for you both!

  13. inavukic says:

    Warms the heart! What a great undertaking – congratulations and blessings!

  14. I can’t watch the vid (internet too slow) but I read about it. You are a wonder! I think your heart must be bigger than the sun. Terry too.
    Big love to you ❤

    • If you ever get a chance check out their website and watch the video at their site. I just know you and Don would love it. It’s such a marvelous group and shows what is possible when hearts unite with a common desire to help. The whole thing is minimally funded by community support, WITH NO government assistance, all the rest is volunteer, from upstanding doctors, dentists, and students from local High Schools (who set it up and break it down on a school night.) etc. in the community reaching out, after their regular working hours… What it’s done for some of the students that come to help is a wonder in itself. From dirt poor families, the parents may not have finished as much as 3rd grade are seeing their children inspired, doing well in school, and getting scholarship to prestigious universities and medical school (eg: Stanford) There are photos at the website of some of the children they’ve helped, who then come back to help at the clinic once again. Another part of the video is the children go out into the community to help local markets stock healthy foods with labels and reach out to do BP and glucose checks and refer poor people to the clinic for follow-up.

  15. FlaHam says:

    Paulette, It is a wonderful video, the message the hope the expressed needs were all spot on. Thank you for sharing it. Bill

    • Aww, my wonderful friend, Bill. I’m so happy you saw this. I knew you’d love it, especially all it’s doing for the children. It’s enough to hear their stories, from dirt poor families coming to work there, becoming inspired, and making it to Stanford Medical School on scholarship. It’s a hope of mine, and I also know of the director, that someone picks it up to make a documentary on it, the setting up and breaking down of the medical & legal facility that helps hundreds every Wednesday night and all it does to help the people in the community and the community in general. The ultimate hope is that it is spread to other communities throughout the U.S. and world. And, an important note, none of it is government funded. This is all from the hearts and minds of good people wanting to help. Good people, like you, Bill. ❤

  16. Kudos to you and your hubby, Paulette. Thanks for sharing the video. It’s so heartwarming. 🙂

  17. natuurfreak says:

    Great news..hope it will be done on a lot of places

  18. I am always grateful for those who have the heart of service to others. God bless

  19. I think that you and your husband are wonderful folks who give so freely of your time and knowldege. People like y’all are very rare. May you be showered with good karma and many blessings.

    • It really makes us feel good to do it and that never ceases to amaze me, how the giving of as little as a smile can change someone’s day. We’re very fortunate we’re able to do it and can express back our gratitude for all we’ve been gifted with in this way. Hope all’s well with you and yours. ❤

      • Thank you, Paulette for the lovely reply. I am better in a small way. Still trying to get my heart sorted out. The beat goes from irregilar for a while and then runs in the Kentucky derby. I just wish I could get my heart to become a slow trotter. 🙂

      • I hear you. Years ago I had an irregular ventricular heart rhythm that was hell on wheels to get under control. Finally it did get sorted out. I don’t like to stick my nose in when not asked for advice and can’t remember from reading your posts if you’re into any integrative medical things in addition to medications. That said, I just wanted to gently mention that askdrweil.com has some really good suggestions on breathing and nutrition related to heart things. It’s helped me professionally and personally. Just putting it out there if you ever want to have a cruise over there. (Weil is a Harvard trained medical doctor who runs the Integrative Medical section over at the UofA School of Medicine. Meanwhile, holding you in my thoughts it all gets sorted out. Happy Easter.

  20. Clowie says:

    That’s a great thing to do. It would be wonderful if more places did this sort of thing.

  21. You are an encouragement in your profound simplicity and your authentic servant’s heart. Peace, T

  22. Kev says:

    It’s very good of you. 🙂

  23. You and your hubby are really great!

  24. I will say “Thank You”, for that is what comes up first. This work you are doing with the Westminster Clinic and with the dog rescue is truly other-centered, making this world a better place. Thanks for visiting my blog, by the way. Peace, T

  25. I envy your energy for such worthy causes, my friend! 🙂

    • Hi Lorna, My energy has been improving with a big change of diet for which I’m extremely grateful. I also think I may be getting better. I hesitate to jinx myself by saying it as it’s been so many years of feeling better and relapsing. This last stretch has been for a couple of months now. Fingers crossed it’ll continue. Wishing the same for you, my friend. ❤

  26. Sage says:

    There are so many out there that benefit from organizations such as this–you and your husband are truly an inspiration to us all.

    • Sage! You always make me so happy when you stop by. Terry & I feel lucky we found this place. It’s such a feel win-win situation for so many. We gravitate to things like this because it’s our passion and makes us feel good. I just wish there were more places like this out there because there’s such a need for them. Many warm wagging hugs to you, you big mud ball loving pooch. ❤

  27. Hi Paulette. You do have a busy schedule. Thank you for liking ‘ Coffins!’ Be Well. The Foureyed Poet.

  28. natuurfreak says:

    You has the heart on he right place.Thank you so much.

  29. Christy B says:

    Thank you for volunteering 🙂

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