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Annual fundraiser for Hawaii H.O.M.E. Project to happen at the John A. Burns School of Medicine

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The Hawai‘i Homeless Outreach & Medical Education (H.O.M.E.) Project is a non-profit organization whose mission it is to improve the quality and access to health care for Hawai‘i’s homeless, while increasing student and physician awareness and understanding of the homeless and their healthcare needs.

The H.O.M.E. Project currently operates four student-run free medical clinics each week at local homeless shelters on Oahu and also provides outreach services to unsheltered homeless as well. On September 27, 2014, we are holding Ho‘o¯la me ke kahiau, “Healing with compassion through selfless giving”, our 6th annual food & wine tasting fundraiser.

Currently, there are over 8,000 homeless individuals in the State of Hawaii on any given day. Children make up at approximately 30% of this population. Homelessness in Hawaii has been a growing epidemic and is not expected to improve anytime soon. Many of these individuals have limited access to health care or no insurance at all.

The H.O.M.E. project focuses on providing free, quality preventative medical services as well as management of acute and chronic medical conditions for Hawaii’s homeless community. In addition to providing free medical care, our program also provides a service-learning opportunity for the students at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine to learn more about caring for the medically under-served and disenfranchised populations in our community.

Our clinics are staffed by medical and pre-medical students with supervision provided by volunteer community physicians. The ultimate goal of this program is to combine education with much needed community service. Our organization also provides a mentoring program for the teenagers at the shelters, which includes monthly learning topics (e.g. STDs, career counseling, relationships, bullying, environmental awareness, etc.) and an excursion to help them escape the stresses of shelter life. We also provide many special events for the children at the shelters, including annual Halloween carnivals, Christmas parties, and school supply drives.

For more information, call (808) 223-8859 or email hawaiihomeproject@gmail.com

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