Welcome House of Northern KentuckyJulie Metzger2020-09-28T08:29:20-04:00
Project: Homeless Street Health & Hygiene Open Door Outreach
Purchase and equip a customized medical outreach van that provides safe & sanitary medical care in a private setting allowing greater efficiency and more effective health care to hundreds of people experiencing homelessness in Northern Kentucky.
2018 Grant Recipient Welcome House Project: Open Door Medical Mobile Clinic provides medical care and services to over 900 individuals experiencing homelessness far exceeding their goal of 200 over the grant period.
Since the launch of the RV mobile clinic,Welcome House has served 996 clients in Northern Kentucky. Having scheduled locations each week in Kenton, Boone, and Campbell counties has allowed staff and the nurse gain access to hard to reach homeless individuals— some that do not have transportation to travel to Welcome House or some that do not have the desire to visit a brick and mortar facility for services.
They have been able to track in depth medical information and demographics on the homeless individuals served through the mobile clinic. The opportunity to improve their tracking ability of individuals served has resulted in enhanced knowledge of resources required to be of service in meeting the healthcare and medical needs of clients reached via their outreach efforts.
“We were able to achieve and exceed all of the results that we hoped for. We are so thankful for Impact 100 because without this medical RV we would not have been able to serve so many people in our Northern Kentucky community. “
Our outreach team first met “John” on a Monday morning at the Covington Library. John came to our RV for some free coffee and breakfast and chatted with staff for a couple minutes. We offered to help John with whatever he needed, but he was hesitant to accept help. After several months of our team seeing John on Monday mornings for coffee and breakfast he finally began to sit down with our nurse inside of the RV and let us help him with some of his needs. John was struggling with substance abuse and once he opened up about that we were able to get him into a treatment center where he spent 30 days getting clean and focusing on his recovery. After he graduated from that program we assisted John in moving in a sober living home where he has now been for over 90 days.