Hearts for the Homeless contributes to the health and well-being of one of the most vulnerable populations in our nation with free blood pressure screenings, education, relief efforts, and by providing clinical outreach opportunities for students who wish to contribute to our mission.
Through partnering with local food shares and free healthcare clinics in the area, H4H hopes to help reduce the prevalence of hypertension and cardiac diseases in the homeless community. Screenings are conducted twice a week every week, with the hopes of extending our services to even more days. H4H simultaneously collects research and will publish data to provide feedback about the success of this method in preventing future heart-associated diseases among the homeless.
Hearts for the Homeless strives to increase their impact in the homeless community by spreading to different universities and partnering with more locations and clinics. Hearts for the Homeless is now operating in Orlando, Tallahassee, Miami, Gainesville, and at our newest chapter in Tampa.
The issue is that the homeless community is suffering from a chronic hypertension problem. The coupled effect of low access and high cost of health care results in a vicious cycle that leaves homeless individuals with unnoticed health issues that could potentially lead to heart attacks, strokes and sometimes death. Additionally, members of the homeless community do not necessarily prioritize their health, which is why one of our objectives seeks to educate the population on how to lead a healthier lifestyle.
H4H's efforts expands beyond the physical needs by fostering close relationships between our volunteers and the members of the community. Our organization works on building trust amongst one another and doing whatever it takes to help our friends in need.
Examples of our efforts include serving food at the food share, hosting clothing drives and, just recently, helping evacuate the homeless into shelters in preparation for Hurricane Irma.
Between all of our active chapters across Florida, over 200 individuals of the homeless population were saved because they given warning about the hurricane as well as easily accessible directions to nearby shelters! Members of H4H chose to stay behind, rather than evacuate, the final days leading up to the hurricane to carry out this selfless act.
How YOU and other members of the community can help is to donate to our cause.
All donations are tax deductible and sponsored by the Edward Charles Foundation.
Where does the money go?
Each donation will be going towards purchasing preventative screening equipment such as: blood pressure monitors, tables, tents, sanitary wipes, and gloves for our volunteers.
Our latest objective is to acquire handheld EKG machines which could detect chronic atrial fibrillation amongst other heart-related conditions. These would cost approximately $300 per machine.
The bulk of our funding will be going towards these EKG machines and Welch Allyn blood pressure monitors, as they provide hospital-grade accuracy and precision.The remainder will be prioritized for organizing outreach oppotunities, such as our disaster relief efforts. To accommodate the Tampa chapter, as well as all of our existing and future chapters that we plan to establish across the nation, our goal is to raise $20,000.
It essentially takes $250 to start up a new chapter and impact an entire city.
This is only the beginning of a larger vision to improve the quality of life for those neglected in our own communities. Your support is greatly valued and any contribution is a significant contribution. Help spread the word!