The Rescue Mission Free Clinic began in 2002 in the basement of the main Mission building. Last year, with a budget of under $200,000, the Rescue Mission Free Clinic for the Homeless provided medical services for homeless men, women and children valued at $2,522,994.00.
The clinics operates under the direction of a volunteer medical director and a managing staff nurse who are assisted by a receptionist, a clinical care coordinator, a medical case manager and a host of volunteer healthcare professionals from the community. Although there are a number of healthcare initiatives to assist the poor and uninsured in the Roanoke Valley, there is no agency equipped to manage the specific healthcare needs of the homeless - a population plagued with medical, psychiatric and dental issues. With a 61% increase in clinic visits recorded in 2008, and the opportunity to offer dental as well as medical and psychiatric services, it became increasingly obvious that the Mission’s clinic needed more space in order to continue its phenomenal work.
A building across the street from the main Mission became available enabling the clinic to triple its size
On February 14th, 2010, the Rescue Mission with hundreds of friends, dedicated the new “G. Wayne Fralin Free Clinic For the Homeless.” The clinic has 6 exam rooms, 2 psychiatric counseling offices, 4 dental operatories and a large classroom as well as a large reception area.
Being able to hold dental, medical and psychiatric clinics simultaneously (something that wasn’t possible in the previously cramped basement space) means more volunteer providers can work at the same time and more patients can be seen. The shared reception area means this new expanded clinic can be operated more efficiently. This new clinic is HDAC compliant and is on a city bus route making the clinic very accessible for patients and volunteers.
The Clinic operates with a staff nurse, a part-time nurse practitioner, a medication coordinator and a host of volunteer healthcare professionals from the community. Although there are a number of healthcare initiatives to assist the poor and uninsured in the Roanoke Valley, there is no agency equipped to manage the specific healthcare needs of the homeless - a population plagued with medical, dental, psychiatric and substance abuse issues.
Medication Assistance is provided to homeless, jobless, uninsured individuals through the Rescue Mission Free Clinic for the Homeless. Medication and medication management are provided at no charge to homeless patients. In 2009, 7,863 prescriptions were secured for homeless individuals.
Intense Medical Case Management is the most efficient way to meet these growing needs. Appointments can be made Monday through Friday. Walk-in appointments are available on Tuesday evenings. In 2009, over 2.5 million dollars of free medical care was provided to homeless individuals in the Mission’s clinic.
Respite Care is available for guests with illnesses and injuries requiring frequent medical treatments, bed rest, or acute management and managed through the Rescue Mission Free Clinic for the Homeless. Respite Care is intended to last no more than 2 weeks and must be requested directly from a medical provider. In 2009, 3,215 days of respite care were provided to homeless individuals to sick to be in the general shelter population.
Educational Classes are offered for various healthcare issues. Some of the classes include: Diabetic Education, Smoking Cessation, Post Acute Withdrawal, The Addicted Brain, Oral Health, and Healthy Living. Additional classes are currently in the works.
Bless My Sole is a foot washing ministry designed to share Christ’s love with the homeless. Light refreshments and live music are offered by volunteers. Patients get their feet washed and engage in conversation and prayer with the volunteers. A volunteer medical provider checks the patient’s feet, trims nails, and provides medical care as needed. Volunteers and patients are equally touched by the experience.
The Rescue Mission is proud to partner with The Virginia Health Care Foundation who is a public-private partnership dedicated to increasing access to care for uninsured Virginians and those in underserved areas and The Carilion Foundation, Project Access, and Lewis Gale Hospital. The Rescue Misison Free Clinic is proud to be an active member of the Virginia Association of Free Clinics. Educational Partnership.
The Rescue Mission happily opens our doors to students in various fields of study. We believe that the more exposure students have to the homeless population the better they will be able to serve all in need once they graduate. Currently students from Jefferson College of Health Sciences, Skyline College, National Business College, Virginia Western Community College, Radford University, Notre Dame University, Hollins University, Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, and Roanoke College are gaining experience in our Free Clinic.