Imagine being homeless and suffering from medical issues that needed immediate attention. How do you get to the doctor? If you are released from a medical facility how do you get to a place where you can get services you need? And what if you can't even figure out for yourself what services you do need?
These are just a few of the questions our homeless population must deal with, and now there is a new service designed to help, called Elaine .. named for a homeless woman who lost her life on the streets of Phoenix. Elaine will provide transportation, medical navigation, assistance in filling prescriptions, and connecting individuals with partner organizations providing additional resources such as food, shelter, and employment.
Elaine is the brainchild of President and Founder Vivienne Gellert, who saw the need while working as a hospital scribe as an ASU student. I spoke with her and Human Services Campus Board Chairman Mike McQuaid for our Valley View Public Affairs program. Give it a listen and feel free to find out more and maybe make a donation (!) at https://elaineaz.org/