Hiway 80 Rescue Mission
Giving Back in Our Own Community
In the past, if you wanted to be a mission volunteer with Refuge International, you needed a passport and a plane ticket. However, we recognize that the need for health care volunteers is just as great here at home as it is in other countries.
In 2009, Refuge International joined forces with the physicians at Leading Edge Medical Associates (LEMA) and nursing faculty & students at The University of Texas at Tyler to provide medical assistance to the homeless population at Hiway 80 Rescue Mission.
The Clinic at Hiway 80 Mission was started by Dr. Brian King, an Emergency Medicine physician in Longview. In 2009, Refuge volunteers began utilizing its experiences in clinic operations and volunteer management to expand the scope of care given. Good Shepherd Medical Center has collaborated with Refuge International and Hiway 80 to provide needed laboratory services. The partnership has been a success, with Brenda Green, a Refuge Board member overseeing the coordination of services.
A Giving Cycle In Motion
One unexpected result of our partnership with Hiway 80 is the giving cycle that it created. While Refuge International volunteers give their time to provide health care to those at Hiway 80, many of the men from the shelter have chosen to give back by volunteering at Refuge International. When needed, several of the men living at Hiway 80 spend a day working hard at our office crating and packing supplies going to Guatemala and they also pitch in to help with the activities associated with Refuge's fundraising events. We’re proud to help these men and they are proud to help the people of Guatemala.
Skills Of All Types Needed In The Clinic
Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are the primary health care providers at the Clinic. Nurses provide intake and medication education. Volunteers with no health care experience are also needed to help patients complete medical forms and prescription applications as well as typical office management and clerical work.
Every 2nd and 4th Wednesday.