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UH Manoa medical students hold bake sale for homeless outreach

Published On: Apr 23 2012 12:10:40 PM HST

UH Manoa

Medical students Brad Kamitaki, Huy Do, Yvonne Lum, and Hezhi Gan are in the Onelauena homeless shelter, surrounding a man with care.  They encircle him, working together to clean and dress his wound.

HONOLULU -

This Friday, the Homeless Outreach and Medical Education, or HOME, Project is holding a bake sale to raise money to help fund the vans filled with medical supplies used to carry students around the island for their mobile clinics.

HOME is made up of University of Hawaii students at the John A Burns School of Medicine.

Three times a week, they go to four Oahu homeless shelters and hold clinics for the adults and children who live there.  It's a critical service the school has provided for almost seven years.

"We see around 30 patients a week at the different shelters and have continued our wonderful working relationship with all of them," Dr. Jill Omori, JABSOM Family Medicine Professor and the founder of the HOME Project.

Donations of baked goods can be dropped off at 7 a.m. on April 27, in the Kulia Grill at JABSOM's Kakaako campus.

From 7:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., you can go by and purchase some of the goodies to help HOME as it helps others.

"This past year we started a mentoring program for the homeless teens called HYPE (Hawaii Youth Program for Excellence), where we provide monthly sessions with them on various topics, including drugs, bullying, family planning/STDs, and career planning," said Dr. Omori.

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