For years, Project HOPE has bridged the gap between the homeless and the health care system by providing basic medical care and services.
Now, through a new partnership with the Salvation Army, Project Hope has another fully-equipped exam room to provide a private environment for patients.
“We do what we do because we feel the homeless matter, just like you and I matter. It’s important from a public health perspective, that we reach out to this population for a variety of reasons,” said Crystal Bauer, Project HOPE director.
Bauer said some of those reasons are because many homeless people are chronically ill with heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes — but with an extra exam room, patients will be able to get full check-ups, EKG tests, and certain medications.
“We all deserve the same kind of care and these people are falling through the cracks,” Bauer said.
Bauer added that Project HOPE also focuses on educating homeless men, women and children on diet, exercise, and the importance of keeping up with regular doctor visits.
“At the core of all of this, we’re building trust and repore with them so they will enter the health care system and stay with a health care provider,” Bauer said/
Other exam rooms in the area can be found at the Northwood Health System’s homeless shelter, Catholic Charities Neighborhood Center and Youth Services System’s Winter Freeze Shelter.