WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The United Way of the Cape Fear Area and the Wilmington-based disAbility Resource Center are helping to start a new program that would allow the homeless to recover from medical procedures in motels.
A $30,000 grant from the Cape Fear Memorial Foundation as well as partnerships with the, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, Good Shepherd Center, and Salvation Army has made this operation possible for the resource center.
Starting this summer, the organizations will be offering Medical Respite Care according to United Way Strategic Director Dan Ferrell.
Ferrell said the the disAbility Resource Center will allow homeless people the opportunity to recover from medical procedures in a motel rather than in a shelter or on the streets. The center will actually coordinate the services being given to clients. Ferrell said this program will be a win-win for everyone involved.
"The clients heal and have a better health outcome and the community wins because of reduced medical care costs," Ferrell said.
He said treating medical issues with the homeless has long been a problem, and this could work as a remedy.
"The people who are coming out of the hospital are getting healthier quicker," explained Ferrell. "They don't return and it doesn't cost as much to retreat those as it would otherwise so everybody wins."
Ferrell said that motels participating in the program have not been finalized yet.
He expects the program to be up and running by June or July. This program will be another part of the United Way's 10 Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness.