Health Care Center for the Homeless ® “One Community, One Health Center”
Our Mission "to provide quality health care services that improve the lives of the homeless and medically indigent people of our community."
Health Care Center for the Homeless 232 North Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, Florida 32805 (407) 428-5751 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 or living on the streets of downtown 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 needs. 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 or the streets to find permanent housing and return to a life of self-sufficiency.
Photos courtesy of James Florio Copyright 2011 and Alyssa Marie Aviles Copyright 2013
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