Helping Hands Clinic seeks to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of the homeless and nearly homeless by: delivering comprehensive health care, sensitizing providers to the special needs of the homeless and engaging the community in meaningful contribution.
Helping Hands is a group of volunteer health professionals who have provided free healthcare to the poor and homeless in Gainesville, Florida since October, 1989. The clinic is staffed by social workers, registered nurses, advanced registered nurse practitioners, physicians, and community service volunteers. Over the years, there have been 20,000 clinic visits with 5,000 individuals seeking care. More than half those served are homeless, ranging from months to decades on the streets.
- 85% are Alachua county residents
- 60% are homeless
- 45% Male, 55% Female
- 35% have substance use disorders
- 51% suffer from mental illness
Monday and Thursday Night Health Clinic Services for the Homeless
- A safe, welcoming, supportive social environment.
- Dental care: Clients are screened at our clinic, then transported by volunteers from Trinity United Methodist Church to ACORN Clinic for treatment.
- Cosmetologists provide hair Cuts, including personal hygiene items
- GED classes, discussion group, women’s health presentations, QUIT smoking sessions
- Health and well-being presentations
- HIV testing and counseling
- Massage therapy (Thursday only)
- Nurses offer blood pressure and diabetic sugar testing, education, and foot care.
- Primary care
- Psychiatric treatment
- Psychosocial support services
- Showers, evening meals, health screenings and referrals for outpatient medical services such as mammography and gynecological care(Thursday only)
- Social workers provide psychosocial support, counseling, and referral to community services.
- Staff and volunteers provide assistance with obtaining eye care,, and HIV/AIDS testing and treatment.
Assistance with completing disability applications throughThree Rivers Legal Services.
How Donations support Helping Hands Clinic
Donations apply toward general operations in the following distribution:
- Clinical Services: 79%
- Pharmacy and Medical Supplies: 12%
- Administration: 9%