Street Corner Care
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 San Diego County the number of homeless deaths has increased 91% in the last 5 years. One of the leading causes of homeless mortality is the lack of access to healthcare.
Here is what Street Corner Care has accomplished since 2017
|1577||homeless patients seen|
|9||patients on average per week|
|112||individuals with serious untreated illnesses who may have died on the streets without our intervention|
|88||volunteers trained for homeless healthcare and street medicine|
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.
Future Plans Street Corner Care plans to bless three other church outreach ministries with grants to start their own clinics. Through generous funders, we will be able to establish medical services with a trained Operations Manager, all of the necessary equipment, and recruiting and training for each site. Beginning in the 4th quarter of 2022 it is planned to have North Coastal, East County, and Beach area Clinics operational by the end of 2024.