Summer 2009 |
Omaha Homeless Connect is a project designed to be a one-stop shop for the
homeless community to connect with services that might enhance their living
situations. This was the second year for the project held at Creighton
University´s Kiewit Fitness Center. The event was open to more than 500
Multiple social service agencies including Legal Aid, the Omaha Food Bank,
the Omaha Housing Authority and the Visiting Nurses Association were present
for the event. Medical screening services were provided by a collaborative
group of physicians, medical students, pharmacy students, Emergency Medical
Services (EMS) students, nursing students and dental students from Creighton
University, Iowa Western Community College and MCC. Homeless individuals
needing follow-up care were referred to the Charles Drew Health Center. Social
Services arranged transportation for those individuals.
The project not only helped hundreds in the city of Omaha, but it also gave
students hands-on experience with patients. Students worked together with
medical professionals to help those who might otherwise go without the care
they need to live healthy lives. It was a great learning experience for all
involved and helped students get out of the classroom and get connected with
the local community.
"I thought it was a great opportunity to give back to the community
and to offer services to those who rarely get health and welfare services. I
was impressed by all of the services and businesses that came together to help
the homeless," said an MCC Nursing student volunteer.