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/
Occupy Medical held a Free Clinic on February 6, 2018 at Looking Glass in Eugene.
An Occupy Medical Team consisting of a Doctor, Herbalist, Intake Specialist, Support Services Specialist, and the OM President of the Board, held a clinic today from 3 PM to 6 PM.
We served 7 patients.
Looking Glass provides comprehensive services to teens in crisis.
Emerald Village in Eugene is a village of 22 tiny houses that is ready to start receiving folks who are now, or are in danger of becoming homeless.
Emerald Village must have a certain percentage of the tiny houses occupied by families. They have lots of applications from single folks, but very few from families.
Please let any family in a housing crisis know of this situation and have them print and fill out a form to apply.
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.
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.
Oregon AFSCME spokesman Ross Grami: “We believe the gap between the parties to be roughly $1 million over three years for each contract. Their shameful actions are causing harm to vulnerable communities and to dedicated public servants. Our members will stay strong and united.”
Lane County Board of Comissioners:
- Jay Bozievich (District 1 – West Lane) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Pat Farr (District 4 – North Eugene) email@example.com
- Sid Leiken (District 2 – Springfield) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sorenson (District 3 – South Eugene) email@example.com
- Gary Williams (District 5 – East Lane) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Steve Mokrohisky – Countyadministrator@co.lane.or.us
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,
White Bird Clinic”
Once a year, when the park blocks are occupied with another event, OM takes the opportunity to travel through Lane Co. in hopes to inspire others to start their own clinic and spread the notion that bottom line profits should never rule over patient care. On August 28th, we took our trusty Thunderbird bus outside of the area and set up camp at the Nancy Devereux Center in Coos Bay!
A huge thank you to our new allies in Coos Bay! It was a great day to spread healing to the coast.
This wonderfully kind and thoughtful letter of support has finally made it’s way to us after winding around the country! We are so glad to hear from S., thank you so much for your support.
“Hi great people:
I was deeply moved by the article written by Clinic mgr. in current Eugene Weekly! I chose to be homeless from 20-23 during my California and Hawaii hippie years and I remember much freedom and fun – but also much cold, hunger, being soaked & danger! Keep up your excellent & kind work!
Our wonderful allies at Hounds and Homeless stopped by clinic with a bunch of goodies for the furry companions of those on the streets. It was quite the pleasant surprise and the pets at the park blocks were especially excited for delicious treats and lots of love!
“Helping to improve the health and safety for Homeless pets and their people, in the Eugene and Springfield area,” the mobile volunteer organization recognizes barriers the homeless/houseless community faces when accessing care for their cats and dogs and the group assists where they can by provides food, flea medicines, general supplies, and the occasional vaccination, spay/neuter, and emergent vet service.
Follow this link to learn more about them and how you can help!
Thank you, Hounds and Homeless, for your dedication! Health care truly is a right for all.