Recognizing that many doctors and other medical professionals want to ‘give back’ but lack the connections, the proper equipment or the nursing support to do so, Health Care Without Walls makes volunteering as simple as possible. From the interview process on, the Medical Director works to create a good match between the doctor and a shelter site. She orients the doctors to the cultural and medical world of the homeless by providing training and ongoing supervision.
Once assigned to a site, the doctor simply arrives at a regularly scheduled time, sets out a clipboard for sign-up and sees patients on a first come, first served basis. There are no insurance forms to fill out. In the busiest shelters, there is always a nurse who provides clinical continuity for the next shift. When done for the day, volunteers can leave and return to their regular jobs.
We are also always in need of volunteers to help raise funds and to work in the administrative office. Our partners and interns have done exceptional work for the cause — from event organization to filing to donor cultivation. We could not accomplish our mission without the generous work of the community.