Health Care Center for the Homeless ®
“One Community, One Health Center”
"to provide quality health care services
that improve the lives of the homeless
and medically indigent people of our
Health Care Center for the Homeless
232 North Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, Florida 32805
Hours of Operation :
Monday through Friday 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Contact us for extended hours.
H.O.P.E. Team - Homeless Outreach Partnership Effort
Some homeless individuals in need of help don't actively seek assistance or
know where to go to find services. In these cases, it is necessary to reach
out to potential patients.
Outreach at the Health Care Center for the Homeless (HCCH) is provided by
a team of staff outreach specialists and volunteers working where the
homeless live - on the streets and in the woods. Known as the HOPE Team
(Homeless Outreach Partnership Effort), their main goal is to connect clients
in the camps with the health services that HCCH can provide for them.
As many of the homeless individuals the HOPE Team encounters have an
innate mistrust of people, they initially build a rapport with the clients to
gain their trust. This eventually allows the Team to introduce potential
clients to services available to them through our clinic, the Orange Blossom
Family Health Center. Among the many services the HOPE Team provides are
transportation for medical appointments; obtaining identification cards and
birth certificates; referrals for treatment programs and transitional housing;
and assistance in accessing mainstream benefits.
In 2010, HCCH added a Registered Nurse to the HOPE Team, allowing for
some medical needs to be addressed in the field. While one of our goals is to
prevent the inappropriate use of the emergency room, many new HOPE
Team clients have serious health issues that necessitate immediate transport
to a hospital. With a Registered Nurse present, issues such as dangerously
elevated blood pressure can be detected before they come to the Health
Center and allows for better assessment of any immediate health care
In late 2011, HCCH added a Veterans Outreach Case Manager to the HOPE
Team. The Team has encountered a number of military veterans living in the
camps who have not been receiving services they are entitled to. The Case
Manager’s focus is on helping them to navigate the system and connect with
benefits they are due from their time serving our country. As with all HOPE
Team clients, the ultimate goal is to enable them to leave the woods and
find permanent housing.
Photos courtesy of James Florio Copyright 2011 and
Alyssa Marie Aviles Copyright 2013
Health Care Center
for the Homeless
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