2012-13 Recipient - Doctors Without Walls - Santa Barbara Street Medicine

Amount Awarded: 
$ 50,000

Community Needs : Family Support Services, Health Care, Homelessness

This grant provided complete funding for the Women's Free Homeless Clinic to operate for two years. Founded in 2008, the Clinic is held three Fridays per month at Transition House. While the focus is on providing primary medical care and counseling, the Clinic also offers various classes, referrals to community resources, a nutritious lunch, showers, laundry facilities, clothing and medical and hygiene supplies. The harshness of a homeless existence greatly magnifies the need for healthcare services since many of these women live in places not meant for human habitation--freeway underpasses, parks, abandoned buildings, cars and streets.

Doctors without Walls: the team working in a clinic
Doctors Without Walls: working with the Assistance League