Our History

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Dr. Barbara Baxter, Founder and Medical Director, envisioned a community clinic where people with limited or no access to healthcare could receive free medical services. The Agape Clinic (Agape) opened its doors on August 20, 1983, in a basement closet of the Grace United Methodist Church, providing free healthcare on Saturdays.

In 2000, Agape merged with Baylor Community Care, a clinic started by nursing professor Charles Kemp. This partnership allowed the Agape Clinic to expand to two additional days per week. After Hurricane Katrina and the mass evacuations from Louisiana, Agape expanded hours to provide care to evacuees.

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At that time, partnerships grew with Dallas County Health, LabCorp, Americares, and Direct Relief. These partnerships opened opportunities for the Agape Clinic to expand the services offered to Dallas’ underserved communities. In 2005, in partnership with Dr. Carrie Kovarik, Agape launched the first specialty clinic providing dermatology services.

In 2010, the Agape Clinic welcomed its first Executive Director. Clinic programs and outreach within the community began to expand. Agape grew to include women and LGBTQ+ health programs.  

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38 years after opening, the Agape Clinic launched a $2.4 million capital campaign to purchase and renovate our current building.

 

In 2015, Agape partnered with Texas A&M Dental School, launched a capital campaign, and purchased its new clinic to include 13 medical exam rooms, 7 full dental suites, and a multipurpose medical space; expanding healthcare services to six days per week.

Agape is committed to the broadening and enhancement of healthcare services within the
underserved community. Today, the Agape Clinic continues its expansion, providing
comprehensive women’s, pediatric, dental, and mental healthcare services unconditionally,
serving as a fully integrated medical home within the marginalized community.

From our humble beginnings over 38 years ago, the Agape Clinic has been able to maintain and provide high-quality healthcare services to the underserved populations in North Texas.