Rokz, a local manufacturer in Eugene, surprised Occupy Medical today with a generous donation. Hospitality will be better stocked with food and hygiene supplies and the Treatment team got a few gifts as well. The company even tossed in doggie treats which are always a hit at clinic!
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Occupy Medical is grateful for the wonderful people at Rokz and everyone in the community who has supported us in our journey. It’s because of you that we are able to thrive.
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My name is Sue Sierralupe. I have lived in Council member George Brown’s ward for over 20 years. I am also the clinic manager for Occupy Medical which has been serving the public as a free integrated health care unit for 3 years now.
We have been enjoying the break in the weather lately. It gives us a chance to catch up a bit. We did not have new frostbite patients this week. We can continue to treat the tissue damage from frostbite victims of November and the pain expressed as peripheral neuropathy from last winter’s victims. One must be grateful for the small favors the weather grants us.
There are some wonders of holiday season if you are a public servant. Citizens open their hearts to the plight of those that are less financially fortunate than themselves. We have had complete strangers and familiar faces like Ms. Dotson, show up with bags of donated socks, hand warmers and gloves. How nice to see that girl scout troop here looking for the same items that we need.
Our clinicians will note on their paperwork when a patient needs these warming items along with needed medication. The treatment team walks the patient to the hospitality tent to suit them up. Gotta follow doctor’s orders.
We were tickled to have a visit from a home-school group. Our board president, who is a loving father and a real kid person, delighted in giving them a tour before the clinic started. These children donated hand stitched portable sewing kits for the population we serve. They made them from felt and each had buttons, thread, pins, and sewing needles. Very handy for a population that wears tattered hand me downs. Each kit was a little different. Some had decorative ribbon. Some had fabric swatches used as covers. One of them had a rainbow drawn on the felt with a magic marker. What treasures!
I was happy to be in the room when you, city council, made the unanimous decision to approve these 2 new rest stops. Thank you so much! We see people make a big turn around in their lives when they are offered a place to safely sleep the night. It is an unpleasant fact that violence against the unhoused increases around this time of year too. We have not puzzled the reason for this trend out yet but I will let you know when we do. Having a place that allows our citizens to safely store their necessary items such as medicine, eat food that can be properly heated, change into dry clothes, sleep a full 8 hours and have protection from the elements. Bless you all for the work that you do to help our people. It makes a world of difference.
My name is Sue Sierralupe. I live in George Brown’s ward. I also have the honor to serve in this ward as the clinic manager of Occupy Medical. This is the week of Thanksgiving and I am here to count my blessings even though I should, by rights, be home baking pies for the oncoming horde of hungry relatives.
I am grateful for many things. I am happy that the Poverty and Homelessness Board has assembled to problem solve on the plight of economically desolate in our area. I was able to take off work long enough to attend one of the meetings. It was a brain storming session. We were lucky to be able to take some of these ideas to the University of Oregon the following week. My prayer is that they will act on these ideas and, at the very least, open a rest stop for unhoused students on their property. I would hope that students from all the local colleges would qualify to take refuge there.
I am grateful for the news that the county proposed a new rest stop at the Serbu/LCBH site. As a member of Occupy Medical, I have noticed that we will get visits from patients with serious conditions until they get housed at OVE or a rest stop. Then the visits slow or stop. The reason is that a sheltered person is able to set up necessary service and have the stability to heal.
I am grateful that Occupy Medical was honored with another award this year. Our clinic is an integrated health clinic meaning that we have complimentary holistic care along side “regular” medical care much in the same way that the Mayo Clinic is run. The American Herbalist Guild is the alternative care equivalent to the AMA. They gave us their annual community service award which delighted and encouraged my staff.
I am grateful that we had another celebrity visitor to our clinic this Sunday. Batman came by with his dad. Unlike what you may have learned in movies and comic books, Batman is actually 5 years old and sometimes substitutes a plastic sword for his utility belt.
This little superhero was very good at defending his father from evil and also took my advice about crime fighting more quietly in the clinical setting in stride. It is not easy to raise a child on the streets. There are some places to find shelter for families but those are challenging to find during this weather. Until their names come up, Batman and his dad have to hide. It is still illegal to camp in our fair city. I know that there are many reasons why the city is reticent to lift the camping ban for the winter. I could not find a good way to explain this to Batman. He is just too young to understand. I ask you to reconsider your position. We would all be grateful.
My name is Sue Sierralupe. I have been living in George Brown’s ward for over 20 years. I am also the clinic manager for Occupy Medical. We had a wet and soggy day at OM yesterday. Despite the torrential rain, 45 patients made it to our clinic. The tent canvas is still drying out under a shelter. Some of our patients do not have this option. They just stay wet. And cold.
You may have seen an article yesterday in the Register Guard on an elderly unhoused woman named Susan who takes shelter from the elements in corners of the downtown landscape. The person featured has a special place in my heart. I met her a few years ago when Occupy Medical was just a little pop-up tent by the fountain.
An officer pulled me aside and pointed her out to me. He was worried about her fragile health. He had seen that her limp was worsening. He suggested that we meet.
Susan was leery of me when I first walked up to her cart. She pulled back and ducked her head. She had discovered that it was best to stay unseen on the streets. After a brief introduction and few minutes of speaking with each other, she warmed up to me and we soon became fast friends.
I count myself lucky to be on Team Susan. She has a ready wit and warm smile. We are both animal lovers and neither of us have outgrown our girlhood love of horses. This winter will be hard on her. She is worried that she won’t last the season.
There are wonderful things that you, as City council have done to make our patients lives better. Since the new bathrooms have popped up, UTIs have decreased within our patient load. Chemical burns from pesticides and herbicides that were obtained by laying on the grass in a public park used to a regular event. I haven’t seen a case like this for many months. Flu control is much easier now that public hand-washing is available at the Park Blocks. You are making a difference.
There is more work to do. We need secured sharps containers in our parks. We need another rest stop beyond Nightingale. We are in a state of emergency. People like Susan have nowhere to go. She tucks into a new corner every couple of nights. Tonight is her birthday. My gift to her is to advocate for her again tonight. Please lift the camping ban this winter. Please give Susan a chance to make it through another winter.
“Register Guard: The Depth of Winter”
These beautiful handmade sewing kits were donated by the talented children from Cascadia Learning Cooperative.
Each one is just a little bit different and reflect the artistry of the young students that fashioned them. They include buttons, thread, safety pins, needles and pins for patching the tattered hand-me-downs our patients often wear. You can imagine that the combination of beauty and practicality of these kits made them an instant hit.>