DeSales free men’s health clinic at Allentown Rescue Mission reopens

Written by on September 30, 2020

DeSales free men’s health clinic at Allentown Rescue Mission reopens

By Chloe Nouvelle

September 30, 2020

Students and staff were able to reopen the free clinic at DeSales. Photo | Chloe Nouvelle / WLVR

For over a decade, the DeSales University free clinic provided medical care to men experiencing homelessness at the Allentown Rescue Mission. But when COVID-19 hit Pennsylvania, the clinic had to closse and it stayed that way for months.  Until last week.

On reopening night, the medical team, which includes students studying to be physicians assistants, had 15 men waiting to be seen. 

Emiluy Reiss is one of the DeSales University students who helped reopen the clinic. 

“We make sure that we have goggles, masks, face shields and it’s really just a great way for us to see one, how we can still serve safely and two, how we can get back to just giving these guys the health care that they need and deserve,” said Reiss.

The clinic is where the Mission’s men can get primary and acute care, lab work and even  prescription medications. And they’ll never see a bill for any of it. 

Suzanne Cressman is the clinic’s director.

“It’s important that the men know that they matter to us and that we haven’t abandoned them.”

The clinic is funded and staffed by DeSales University. The Allentown rescue mission is also a place where men can find emergency and transitional housing and education and work programs.

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