Occupy Medical served 26 patients, 200 sandwiches, buckets of coffee and other drinks, lots of snacks, and about a hundred Burrito Brigade burritos. Wound care and our Herbalists were busy all day, as was our doctor. Socks and hand warmers were very popular, as well as a wide arrray of other personal items. We started out a bit short handed, but the volunteers just kept arriving, so we had a fantastic crew by the time things got really busy. The weather started off fairly warm, but wet with gusty winds, settling down to a steady rain by the end of Clinic. We all remained dry though, thanks to the great shelter provided by the freeway overpass. Overall everything went very smoothly and our patients and visitors had a great experience.
The Demonstration clinic in Roseburg went extremely well. We saw 14 patients, and our Herbalist sent a large quantity of herbal medicines and vitamins off with smiling patients. The local newspaper reporter did interviews with a photographer snapping pics. Two drivers stopped in the intersection to yell across at us how they loved what we were doing, and several passerby expressed similar sentiments. It was a very positive experience for all involved. The weather was much nicer than last months clinic, with warm and dry conditions.
We had a very busy day with nice weather and lots of wonderful volunteers. Our medical staff helped 28 patients, while Hospitality served 235 sandwiches, 288 servings of pasta and kept the hot coffee coming all day. The wonderful folks at Burrito Brigade dropped off about 200 amazing vegan burritos that always get snapped up quickly.
Today we helped 17 patients, Herbal and Wound Care were busy, served 300 sandwiches (turkey and PB&J), 150 burritos from Burrito Brigade, 8 gallons of amazing soup, many hundreds of cups of coffee, canned food, a lot of socks, and a mountain of other items.
We had a crowd of maybe 40 folks lined up by the time we opened. Our Hospitality folks served about 300 servings of food and beverages during the day, including about 200 Burrito Brigade burritos. The final patient count came in at 27. Big demand for clothing today. Very successful Clinic! Thanks to all the wonderful volunteers who made it possible!
Lane county nurses, mental health specialists, and other clinicians who serve some of our most vulnerable populations are demanding a fair, living wage. AFSCME, the union representing more than 600 county employees, and the county have not reached an agreement and the strike will continue over the weekend.
Two weeks ago we received notice to cease operations at 509 as White Bird intends to sell the nearly 2,900sqft building on the corner of 13th and Ferry. At this time we do not have a new place to call home and our bus is in the shop for repairs which leaves us with nothing to operate. We are heartbroken by this outcome but have been through difficult times before and will return soon.
“Dear Occupy Medical,
I wanted to reach out to you all to talk about our current plans for the building at 509 E. 13th and update you on the collective’s current needs for that building. We have appreciated the current collaboration with you all, and we value the complimentary services that you have provided to the underserved folks in our community. Thank you for all the good work you have done and continue to do in our community.
Currently the agency is attempting to sell 509, which would give us seed money for a larger capital campaign that will result in our agency being able to increase capacity to serve more of the un/underserved people in our community. We have had 3 offers on the building in the last couple weeks and have decided that White Bird needs to ask Occupy Medical end operations at this building in two weeks from today’s date. (10/6/2017)
I really do love the work that you and your dedicated volunteers do for our area’s most vulnerable individuals and hope that our agencies’ long standing mutual aid relationship can continue into the future. I hope that our efforts to support the work you do has helped you in your mission and look forward to finding more ways that we can collaborate and support each other.
Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions, comments, or concerns,