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.