This past Tuesday, Hope House community member, Molly (BSN, RN), who coordinates volunteers at the Port Ministries‘ free clinic, took the lead on a new initiative that takes healthcare out to the community. Molly recruited Dr. Fletcher, a dedicated volunteer physician at the Port, Adriana with Aid for Women, and Anthony, the Port’s Bread Truck coordinator, to drive around the Back of the Yards with a healthy dose of bananas, watermelon and apples (generously donated to us by Innovaflavors thanks to our Young Professional Advisory Board member, Daniela). The group of health care providers surveyed the community about their health needs and promoted the Port’s Free Clinic to those who are not eligible for public health care. They read blood pressure, and they gave general health advice to those with questions. One of the most successful encounters happened in a spot where many undocumented workers wait for jobs. Many of the men were very excited to hear about the free clinic, and said they couldn’t wait to spread the news to their families.
By the end of the afternoon, the fruit was gone, and many people left the Port Bread Truck knowing they can always receive care at the Port if their options are limited.
Another Hope-filled day in the Back of the Yards.