Health Day 2012 was a huge success!
We had a total of over 1300 people attend! Thank you to all who volunteered your time, talents, and services. Your help is invaluable! Read about our annual Health Days below:
On September 16, 2007, Lazarus Ministries partnered with SafeHouse Outreach to introduce the first annual Health Day. It took place on Ellis Street between Peachtree Center Avenue and Courtland Street. There were an estimated 400 homeless served and 200 volunteers serving throughout the day. In 2010, 650 homeless were served by 425 volunteers. In 2011, we partnered with Atlanta Mission and moved the event to their facilities close to Centennial Olympic Park. On September 16, 2012, we will be holding our sixth Health Day With the Homeless at The Urban Garden at the Atlanta Mission (381 Centennial Park Drive, Atlanta, 30315). We are expecting over 1000 guests and hoping for over 500 volunteers. Come be a part!
Medical: Basic medical screenings, blood pressure, diabetic checks, asthma screenings, foot/wound care, routine physicals, dental cleanings, eye exams, and mental health screenings. In addition to the screenings and exams, OTC medication and eyeglasses are supplied when needed, and toothbrushes and toothpaste are handed out to everyone.
Clothing Store: Used jeans and shoes, and new underwear and socks are provided for all who attend.
Hygiene: Haircuts, manicures, pedicures, facials and makeovers.
Job Prep: Resume help is provided, as well as email set-up and printing. Also interviewing skills are taught. Included in this section is financial counseling.
Food: Smoked turkey sandwiches, fruit, chips and other snacks are served in brown paper bags.
Entertainment: There is a supervised open mic/karaoke station where the homeless are able to exhibit their musical skills. This is often the first time in a while, if ever, they have been applauded. There is also a photo-booth, games, children’s activities section, and art table in this section.
Book Store: Free books and Bibles.
Church service: At the end of the Health Day (7 p.m.) Trinity Anglican Mission holds their normal evening church service on Ellis Street. (This is not mandatory for volunteers or guests.)