Local woman works to open non-profit wellness center

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) - A non-profit is working to provide free or reduced priced services that could help people stay away from doctors' offices.

The woman behind it is asking for help in getting it started.

When it comes to wellness Amber Henline wants everyone to at least have access to services sometimes viewed more as a luxury.

"There hasn't really been a huge push towards bringing all of these together preventative and help helping people with the costs and that's probably people's biggest barrier to getting the services is time and money," Henline said.

She decided to start a non-profit called the Wellness Center in Cedar Rapids. It's a place where people can get things like massage therapy, acupuncture, yoga or physical therapy for free or a reduced cost.

"It's a concept that honestly I've only found two others in the nation and they're somewhat non-profit," Henline said.

Since June, she's been raising funds and is still trying to get grants and investors on board. She says there's a piece of land on Blairs Ferry that they have their eyes on.

Henline says most importantly she's working to change the way people in the community think about medicine.

"This is really hard for people to comprehend because it's not what we've been doing but it's where we need to go," Henline said.

There's still a ways to go but Henline plans to open the facility towards the end of this year.

For more information you can visit the GoFundMe page here: https://www.gofundme.com/thewellnesscenter.