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Faculty & Students Work With the Homeless at Recent Fair

Posted: Dec. 15, 2009

School of Nursing students and faculty recently volunteered at the Homeless Resource Fair, a one-day event that connects homeless individuals and families with resources like medical services and legal assistance.

The fair, formerly known as Stand Down, also provides haircuts, food, sleeping bags, clothing and more to the homeless in the Austin area. The fair this year was held at the Pan American Recreation Center.

“The Homeless Resource Fair is important in connecting homeless individuals with a community that can restore their hope,” said Linda Chambers, instructor in clinical nursing. Students and faculty provided medical services, health teaching, wellness physicals and a foot-care clinic. Together, they provided 440 community service hours.

 “Students had to provide services in very austere conditions but they rose to the occasion, worked together in teams and became very resourceful after very short
briefings,” said Chambers. “The students learned a lot. They also learned that the homeless population were well-behaved, respectful and appreciative of the care we provided.”

Several faculty members, including Marilyn Pattillo, Chambers, Terri Bagwell, Julie Zuniga, Maureen Davis, Terree Wozny, Marty Meraviglia and Chambers provided oversight.