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Posted July 14, 2011 04:43 pm

Dedicating the Widows Home

A dedication celebration for The Widows Home begins at 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Christ Community Health Services, which supplies low-cost health care to adults and children in need, has completed the renovation of The Widows Home. A dedication celebration will be held outside the historic property.
WHEN: 10 a.m. Wednesday
WHERE: The Widows Home, 124 Greene St.
ABOUT THE MINISTRY: The Christian non-profit health center was founded by Dr. Robert Campbell and Dr. Grant Scarborough in November 2007. Their patients are seen on a sliding fee scale that starts as low as $25. More than 75 percent of the center's patients have no health insurance.
ABOUT THE PROPERTY: The Widow's Home was founded in 1871 to care for Confederate widows. It is also the site of the Georgia's first school of medicine - the Medical Academy of Georgia.
The present-day structure was completed in 1887, with 42 rooms used to care for women until the center's closing in 2003. The building was given to Christ Community Health Services in 2008.
The group set out to raise $3.1 million for renovations that would turn the home into a primary care facility, complete with 12 exam rooms, a pediatric physical therapy suite, classrooms, a resource center and counseling center.
Learn more: See www.christcommunityaugusta.org

Look for photos and video of the dedication online next Wednesday at augustachronicle.com.