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Organizations work to make medical care accessible to homeless people

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – Two organizations are working to facilitate medical care for the homeless population.

The HUB Homeless Resource Center and ARCare team up to provide assistance to the homeless population in many different forms.

ARCare is at the HUB twice a month to offer rapid COVID tests, COVID vaccines, rapid flu tests, medication management, and more.

Kimberly Chase, executive director of The HUB, said the opportunity opened her eyes to the need for medical care among the homeless population.

“Medical care is so easy for me,” Chase said. “I don’t think about it, but when I’m sick I call my doctor, make an appointment, get medicine and that’s it. I don’t think it’s a challenge, but for homeless people it’s a challenge.

ARCare typically helps three to four people a day while they are at the HUB, then schedules follow-up appointments to ensure their health improves.

ARCare Foundation director David Orr said his foundation is proud to help anyone in need.

“ARCare is here to care for the little ones, the last and the lost,” Orr said. “What we don’t do is turn anyone down.”

ARCare services are offered at the Hub from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every first and third Tuesday of the month.

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