Vision and Health Clinic for the Homeless and Indigent
We had 8 wonderful doctors, 2 RNs, 2 optometrists, and 2 other medical volunteers. Additionally, we had many “helping hands” as volunteers, including: Jordie Chalupnik, Kris Wessale, Alberto Williams, Virginia Campbell, Mike Allison, Heather Martin, Merridy Pyer, and Sheila and Stephanie from Celebracion. We served approx. 20 medical clinic patients and 145 eye patients. We had several cases of pterygiums, cataracts, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma… and as always, lots of undiagnosed and untreated hypertension! We allotted scheduled optometrist appointments to four area organizations, including: Bay Area Turning Point domestic violence shelter , Salvation Army of Galveston, Crossroads shelter, CLUMC Celebracion Hispanic Ministry. Due to the unusually high amount of astigmatic and special needs patients, there were 29 special-order custom made glasses that World Missions Possible will purchase through Crystal Crafters.
The local need was great, but the people were patient, quiet, and grateful for the free eye and medical care, eyeglasses, free WMP “healthcare kits” (sunscreen, tissues, vitamins, chap stick, floss, toothbrush, soap, and more ), kid’s care & activities, and 150 lunches.