Help and healing for homeless at outreach event

first_imgGood news for Kimberly Fling: Type 2 diabetes hasn’t damaged her eyes. Fling is 20, pregnant, and homeless; she and her husband are staying with his mother. “For now,” she said.Bad news for a man who was sagging at the Medical Reserve Corps first aid station: “Dangerously high blood pressure,” said registered nurse Justine Schneider — high enough to risk a stroke. Schneider and a colleague called an ambulance, and the man was taken away.Homeless people got medical, dental and eye exams for free on Thursday at Project Homeless Connect, an annual clearinghouse of services and resources that’s coordinated by the Council for the Homeless and hosted by Living Water Church on Northeast 65th Avenue.Optometrist Suzanne Zamberlan of Evergreen Eye Care has volunteered with Project Homeless Connect for years. “If I could do something like this every month, it would be great,” said Zamberlan. Every person who came through Zamberlan’s station at Project Homeless Connect left with a pair of new glasses and a used (donated) backup pair that was as close to the right prescription as possible.At the foot care and hygiene station, homeless folks were removing battered shoes and shredded socks so nursing students from the University of Portland could wash and examine worn feet. At least one case of frostbite had already been detected by lunchtime.last_img

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