2nd Annual Socks and Hops a Big Success!

socks-and-hops-2016-1More than 200 people joined the Second Annual SHS Socks and Hops event Saturday, Nov. 12, at the City Market.

The crowd raised glasses of local artisanal beer and sodas while raising funds to help the homeless.

The event produced more than $9,600 from sponsorships, ticket sales, and raffles, with all proceeds supporting SHS Healthcare for the Homeless. Donations of socks were requested along with entry to the event.

“Providing clean, warm socks is one way to provide support for the homeless community, especially in these cold weather months,” said Michelle Keller, SHS vice president of patient services.

“Our Healthcare for the Homeless outreach program always sees an increase in frostbite and foot injuries as the weather turns colder. With foot injuries, there’s less mobility and, sometimes, that means more difficulty gaining access to needed healthcare services.”

The community party featured seven local craft breweries, plus six area chefs.

socks-and-hops-2016-5The local chefs:

Kansas City’s top craft brewers provided the beer and soft drinks:

socks-and-hops-2016-6“We’re grateful to all of our sponsors for their support for the homeless program,” Keller said. “We know the socks and funds will provide much-needed care for the homeless community we reach with the Mobile Medical Unit.”

The SHS Mobile Medical Unit makes regular visits to metro-area shelters to provide healthcare services.

Staffed with a full-time nurse practitioner, registered nurse and certified medical assistant, the Mobile Medical Unit offers physicals, immunizations, blood tests, and urgent care for non-emergencies.

The SHS care team also provides behavioral counseling and assists with finding resources like housing, transportation and employment.

If you missed this year’s event, you can still assist with a secure donation at the SHS website. Any amount is welcome. For example, a $10 donation provides for the purchase of two ready-to-eat heater meals.


SHS Mobile Medical Unit Provides Help on the Streets

By Leah Murry, Community Outreach Coordinator

Mobile Medical Unit

The SHS Mobile Medical Unit makes regular visits to City Union Mission, Hope Faith Ministries, Newhouse Domestic Violence Shelter, Rose Brooks Center, ReStart Inc. and Morning Glory Ministries street outreach.

At Swope Health Services, we’re committed to helping homeless people who struggle day-to-day living on the streets of Kansas City.

Our solution is a program of outreach to the homeless, featuring a mobile medical unit that visits homeless shelters and missions three days a week.

The Mobile Medical Unit provides basic medical care and sometimes acute care, too. We provide support for those needing treatment for chronic ailments, like diabetes, asthma, or heart conditions.

On some days, it might be help for bedbugs, sore throat or testing for sexually transmitted diseases. On others, it might be TB testing, screening for HIV, or offering flu shots. Sometimes the discussions are educational, offering suggestions for healthier options and assisting with support services.

Our big converted bus functions just like a clinic. You start with registration, where SHS outreach workers can help clients get the services that can make a difference — whether it’s medical care, behavioral health care, or social services like housing referrals or job placement programs.

After registration, it’s on to the nursing station and a visit to the health care provider or behavioral health specialist.

While the unit may not be able to handle every medical situation, the team provides as much support as possible — including referrals and help with additional services like transportation to get dental care or lab tests back at our main campus.

Each visit is a chance to make a difference.

Please help spread the word about the SHS Mobile Medical Unit. If you have questions, please use the comment box below.

Socks and Toothpaste

Everyone who visits the Mobile Medical Unit leaves with a new pair of socks, plus supplies like toothpaste or soap.

Martin Murphy

Provider Martin Murphy in the examination room in the Mobile Medical Unit.