Rick was staying at the Mission’s emergency shelter when complications with his asthma, emphysema and COPD forced him to go to the hospital. After a week-long stay, Rick was discharged. He was on oxygen, having difficulty breathing, and had the additional struggle of benign tumors on his hands making it impossible for him to grasp anything. Needless to say, Rick was having trouble coping and taking care of himself.
“If I need help, I know I can get it here. I don’t have to come out of the room; I can stay here and heal.”
Mission clients who are studying to be CNAs monitor Rick’s breathing and help him to eat and move about.
“If you have health issues, this is the best place for you. You won’t be bothered, you can just get better.”
The Mission’s Respite Care program is supported by local hospitals that understand the need for a facility like ours. They have donated hospital beds and supplies, but there are always more in need.
Our area has hundreds of people who don’t have insurance or any support system to help care for them when they come out of the hospital. The Mission provides a place for them to recover and receive help so that they don’t have to go back to the streets.