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Trio of Organizations Hosts Medical Camp For 33 Medically Vulnerable

By Aaron Kraut

Tuesday - 10/16/2012, 11:00am  ET

 

A trio of local organizations got together last weekend to provide medical services to medically vulnerable and homeless without other access to them.

The Sathya Sai Baba Center of South Bethesda, homelessness prevention nonprofit Bethesda Cares and host Bethesda Presbyterian Church joined Saturday to sponsor a medical camp and triage for 33 patients.

Twenty of the 33 were homeless, 13 lived in homes and 20 had no insurance, according to Sathya Sai Center President Siva Sreeni.

Health care professionals included two triage doctors, two internal medicine specialists, an ophthalmologist, dentist, stress reduction expert and doctors to register and check-out patients.

All but five patients received eye exams and all but four got dental exams.

The Sathya Sai Baba Center practices a mix of Hindu and Muslim beliefs from the teachings of Indian guru Sri Sathya Sai Baba. The Bethesda Presbyterian Church, in conjunction with Bethesda Cares, holds a lunch for the homeless every Saturday that feeds an average of 40 people.

By last official count, there were 72 chronically homeless people from Friendship Heights to the White Flint Metro station.

Photos courtesy of Sanjay Mandhan via Bethesda Cares