LA health Fair Provides Free Examinations for the Homeless FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 13 Apr 1998 10:04:16 -0700 (PDT)


FWD  http://www.latimes.com/HOME/NEWS/STATE/t000033327.1.html
April 8, 1998  Los Angeles Times  Community News File / Downtown

HEALTH FAIR PROVIDES FREE EXAMINATIONS FOR THE HOMELESS

     Hundreds of people strolled through the streets of skid row Tuesday to
participate in a health fair designed to educate homeless people about the
availability of benefits and services. As a gospel choir sang in a tiny
park notorious for drug dealing, people lined up for cancer screenings,
AIDS/HIV tests and other examinations at the Third Annual Skid Row Health
Fair sponsored by the Weingart Center.
     "It's very rewarding to see these people, who have nowhere to go, get
information and advice about health services," said Craig Kelly, project
coordinator of the South-Central Health and Rehabilitation Program, which
offers support services for mentally ill and homeless substance abusers.
      Assisting Kelly at the booth on 5th Street was one of his employees,
Ronald Antwine, an ex-convict.
     "A lot of people know me and see how my life has changed," Antwine
said. "They see me giving something back to the community, and I think it
gives them some  strength that they can be a productive member of society,
too."

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