This Saturday, July 19, 2019, certified BLS trainer Brian Seymour volunteered his time and energy to offer a class to Occupy Medical volunteers so we could update our Basic Life Saving for Heathcare Professionals cards. He only charged enough to cover the cost of the card that the American Heart Association requires. This turned into a significant savings for our brave volunteers.
This 4 hour class was taught at our site at 1717 Centennial Blvd. which was only possible due to our occupation in a building. So many other opportunities are now available to us with this building. We are forever grateful. The cost of rent is making a significant dent in our monetary resources. If you want to help us do more for our community, consider donating to Occupy Medical to support both volunteer training and rent.
Thanks to a grant from the good people at the Oregon Food Bank, Occupy Medical has a new and improved Hospitality Suite! We had a brand new 3 basin sink, floor mat, food cart, sprayer faucet and prep table installed in December of 2018. Big thanks to Donna Riddle, Jon Sawyer, Aaron Chester, Dr. Willy Foster and Tristan Towers for the hard work of installing and assembling our new supplies!
Big thanks to Bombas for their generous donation of 1000 pairs of socks. It has been wonderful to have the chance to practice preventive care for those in need. The socks help us prevent trench foot, frostbite and blisters. The unhoused are on their feet all day. Without good foot care, their suffering is literally crippling. Occupy Medical will continue to give out socks throughout the year. Below are photos from our first sock donation run. Remember to thank good people at Bombas for their donation! https://bombas.com/
We at Occupy Medical received a surprise in the mail from a tiny herbal company on the East Cast. The owner was impressed with our work of bringing integrated healthcare to our community. She feels this is an honorable and far sighted project. She donated a good sized bag of muscle rub balms and a bunch of warming pine oil. She and I had a conversation about the pain that we treat at OM. It seemed clear that soothing topicals were important for the patients we serve.
Please join us in thanking the good people of Sea Willow Herbs for caring enough to send a box of their handcrafted natural medicine all the way from the East Coast to Eugene, Oregon. If you are interested in how they make their medicine, please click on the link below. This is their blog which includes basic instructions on making infused medicinal oil. Healthcare for All! http://seawillowherbs.blogspot.com
We get a lot of wonderful donations at Occupy Medical. We are moved to see how much love and support this community shares with those in need. When this particular donation came through the door, it struck us for its innovation, generosity and clear thoughtfulness. All of the items when new or newly made. They covered a wide spectrum of needs. I knew that one of the donors had experienced homelessness as a youth. It occured to us that this meant that these were items selected through hard wrought compassion. The donors were all currently housed but hardly what could be called wealthy. It was a gift of the heart indeed. The donors gave us names that they felt comfortable posting on our site but were not looking for further recognition. We want to thank Mr E Mann, Christie and Mary for their generosity and inspiration. Below is a list of the items they donated. Blessings to all!
Hats (some were handmade, some store bought) Sterno containers Water bottles Toothbrushes Gloves Combs Razors Deodorant Dental floss packets Soap Flashlights Perfume Hair ties Cologne Batteries Garbage bags Tissues Socks for both women and men
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!
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.>