Every Sunday, we provide free medical screenings, consultations, and basic treatments to our homeless guests. Volunteer medical personnel lend their time to care for the health needs and concerns of those on the streets, many of whom would not otherwise receive medical care.
During the rest of the week, Ladle Fellowship staff follow up with our Street Corner Care patients, accompanying them to doctor’s appointments, helping them understand their paperwork and medications, coaching them through the healthcare system, and providing invaluable relational support and encouragement. Sometimes this intervention leads to more comprehensive care, as sick or disabled individuals finally receive the support they need to navigate the complex homeless services system. Bridging the gap in this way has saved lives.
In 2022, an estimated 588 homeless people died in San Diego County. That’s nearly six times higher than 2012, when 114 homeless people died, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner. One of the leading causes of homeless mortality is the lack of access to healthcare. Street-corner-care is attempting to address this problem.
Ladle is now taking street-corner-care to the streets where the homeless live. We call it house-calls for the homeless. Below are some pictures of our medical team ministering in the area downtown where many of the homeless live.
We need More Volunteers in order to provide the care needed by our homeless neighbors. If you are a medical professional and have an interest in this program, please take a few minutes and watch a video by clicking on the image below.