Helping homeless women and children
Those who need healthcare the most, yet have the least access.
Shelter Health Services provides free healthcare and health education to uninsured, medically indigent, homeless women and children living in poverty through its walk-in clinic located within the Salvation Army Center of Hope, Mecklenburg County's largest women's shelter. 61% of the homeless women and children living in emergency/transitional housing stay in the Center of Hope. All may access our clinic simply by showing their shelter ID. Lacking money and Medicaid, they truly rely on the free clinic for their healthcare.
Our mission is to remove health issues as barriers to self-sufficiency for homeless women, and as impediments to development for homeless children, by providing free healthcare and health information that is easily accessible. Attaining self-sufficiency is the most effective way out of homelessness. Being healthy enough to find and keep a job, affordable housing and become a part of the community is what virtually every woman in the shelter is trying to achieve. But poor health can cause or will prolong homelessness
Homeless picture not so rosy
A Charlotte Observer article on April 9 read "Homeless numbers dip 17% this year." Overall this is good news. However, challenges still exist for our clinic, and other agencies that focus on homeless women and children. From the same Point-In-Time study homeless females increased 32% this year. Over the past five years homeless families increased 57%. These uninsured, medically indigent, homeless women and children living in poverty are our clients. They need healthcare the most, yet have the least access. For most, they truly rely on our free clinic for their healthcare.
Elias Awad Takes CMC Mustache Bash "Best of Show"
More than $700 was generated for Shelter Health Services from the 4th Annual CMC Mustache Bash. All proceeds benefited Shelter Heath Services' free clinic for homeless women and children.
Sporting an excellent handle-bar mustache, Elias Awad portrayed a '20s boxer, even posing in the then traditional stance - fists cocked, arms out stretched, solid footing. Today's boxers would likely look at Eli in wonderment. But any 20's boxer would have been quite proud. The awards ceremony held at Olde Mecklenburg Brewery was a hoot. Photo Booth attracted a lot of activity, especially behind the black curtain. Raffles, food, brews and friends made the night a great event.
Mustache Bash is presented by Carolinas Medical Center House Staff Committee. This is third year Shelter Health Services has been the beneficiary. We are most appreciative and thankful for this support.