Volunteers and medical staffers from the Special Commission on Relief and Education of the Filipino Association of Toledo, or SCORE, medical mission team in partnership with the San Jose Clinic and Project Hope are holding a free outreach clinic at the park in the Riveredge Trailer Village neighbohood right off Hwy. 90 until 6 p.m. Friday.
Residents of the neighborhood, which was severely damaged by the Brazos River flooding after Hurricane Harvey, can access free medical supplies and prescriptions.
“It’s all free: the medicine, the supplies,” said Richard Paat, medical director for SCORE. “If they need some help, we will try and help them.”
Paat said as the director of SCORE, he has been on medical missions all over the world, including Hurricane Katrina and Haiti. His team arrived in Houston from Ohio on Tuesday and has been working out of the Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Rosenberg.
“We heard there was a need here, so here we are,” he said.
Paat said residents who have come to the clinic so far have all had medical problems that range from diabetes and hypertension to ankle and elbow issues from moving debris.
“We’ve seen patients that have asthma because of the heat and because of some of the mold that is starting [to grow],” Paat said. “We had patients with anxiety and depression because of everything that has happened to them and [they are]trying to deal with that.”
Paat said his team will remain in place at the park until 6 p.m. Friday, but he is unsure if they will return back tomorrow.
“This devastation is bad … but the best thing is the response in the community: neighbors helping neighbors, people making sure they are safe [and]that they have food, that they have water, communities coming together to help each other.”