PARMA, Ohio — What was once storage room inside a Cleveland mosque is now the home a free medical clinic.

Over the past month, the Cleveland Ibn Sina Clinic has welcomed about 40 patients inside the new clinic at the Islamic Center of Cleveland on W. 130th St. in Parma.

“Every and any community that starts to involve in an initiative which is based upon a selfless giving, it empowers the community,” said Dr. Mansoor Ahmed with the clinic.

The free clinic offers primary care and mental health services to anyone -- regardless of their background. It also includes sub-specialties to offer help with sleep disorders, asthma and diabetes.

“Physicians are available,” said Ahmed. “They’re high in demand and volunteering their time, free of cost. I think it will go a long way to helping our community.

More than two dozen physicians have signed on to donate their time on the weekends.

“I think free clinics are offering a much-needed resource in the community,” said Asma Hussain, director of healthcare quality. “Without it, there would be a lot of people with nowhere to go.”

Ahmed and Hussain said the focus at the clinic is to make quality health care accessible to the community but agreed that it also comes with an opportunity to bridge a gap and encourage dialogue between all faiths.

“You will never do wrong by doing something to help out people, irrespective to who they are,” said Ahmed.

Individuals seeking to make an appointment are asked to contact Muna Jamal at (440) 644-0581 or munajamal@yahoo.com.