Free Clinic For the Homeless in Baltimore
Organized by: Nikolay Ivanov
I am raising money for a free clinic for the homeless in inner-city Baltimore. The clinic is in need of medications and medical supplies. The clinic serves the residents of a men’s and women’s homeless shelters (Baltimore Rescue Mission and Karis Home respectively; see baltimorerescuemissionfreeclinic.tumblr.com for links). Some of our patients are homeless families with young children. For many of the patients that we serve, the clinic is the only way to get access to medical care and medications. We give out medications to patients who are uninsured. (The clinic does not give out narcotics or other medications that can be addictive.)
Recently, I examined a patient who was uninsured, and was in a hypertensive crisis (his blood pressure was 208/136). We immediately put him on several medications, and with our help, his blood pressure stabilized at normal levels, around 120/80. This man could have suffered irreversible damages to his health if it wasn’t for the efforts of physicians at the clinic. We also recently treated an infant with a severe bacterial diaper rash. After volunteering at the clinic, I have realized that it could be improved to provide better and more efficient medical care to the homeless community.
I want to accomplish a few things with this fundraiser:
(1) The clinic is in need of medications as well as medical supplies, most notably blood pressure monitors and biohazard waste containers.
(2) I am leading an effort to catalog the medications available at the clinic, so that low-running supplies could be promptly re-ordered. For this we need a few working laptops.
(3) We need a printer to type out discharge instructions for the patients.
(4) We need more hand sanitizer dispensers.
All investors would get full access to purchase receipts. I will scan all receipts and post them to the fundraiser webpage (baltimorerescuemissionfreeclinic.tumblr.com). If we will have remaining funds, we will give them to the attending physician (Dr. John S. Dalton II), who will use it to order medications when they run low. I will ask him to save all the receipts, which I will then post.
Thank you in advance for your donations! Thank you for not turning a blind eye towards the homeless community, who need all the help they can get. Even a small donation will have a significant impact on human health, and will contribute to abating human suffering. Thank you again!