Why The Streets Are Meaner For Women

   By drodriguez  Jan 24, 2011

Men and women who live on the streets and in homeless shelters face a host of difficulties on a daily basis.  But people who work with the homeless would agree that life as a homeless woman can be even tougher.  A Boston based organization called, Women of Means, understands the unique issues homeless women face like domestic violence, pregnancy, rape, etc.  

A recent report from CNN spotlights hero Dr. Roseanna Means and her organization, Women of Means, in an effort to get the word out on some of the issues homeless women are dealing with today.   The nonprofit organization rounds up volunteer doctors and nurses and sets up clinics inside homeless shelters.  The volunteer medical staff cares for the sick and helps women get some preventative care that they normally would not be able to attain.  

The free clinics are often set up in old broom closets and stairwells inside the homeless shelter.  The medical staff will see patients for anything from the common cold to gunshot wounds and cancer.  If they have to send someone to the hospital for further care, they can see that they get there with a note so the hospital staff knows exactly what’s going on and can more readily treat them.  

The doctors often deal with women who have trust issues and will make an extra effort to show them that they are in a safe place at the clinic.  Because the clinics are free and patients do not have to register, the women are more likely to use them often and after getting to know the doctors may open up about abuse and other issues they are facing.  Dr. Means explains her intentions with the way the clinics are set up.  She says, “This is not just about a check-up or doling out antibiotics for an infection, but it’s about giving these women the acceptance - and love - they deserve.  It’s a process.  It takes a long time.  But we don’t put any time limits on it ?cause we know that in some cases it’s literally life-saving.”

What do you think of what the organization, Women of Means, is doing in Boston?

What other services do you think homeless women would benefit from?

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hippychick by hippychick | HARTFORD CITY, IN
Feb 28, 2011

Women of Means is a great help for the homeless.

sharman421 by sharman421 | TALLAHASSEE, FL
Jan 30, 2011

Women of Means is doing a selfless and wonderful job. There should not be homeless people in our country. Many of the homeless are mentally ill and should have facilities available to them. Unfortunately, laws were passed to make it more difficult to accommodate this. Yes, there are homeless shelters, but these are not homes. Also, today, with our economy in a shambles and the jobless rate sky-rocketing, there are more homeless! Instead of welfare, our government would do well to have an education and work-fare program that also provides housing. The same amount of money would go out, but it would create jobs and encourage those willing to take an extra step to become educated into new trades to better themselves. Something for nothing never works.

msfriendly by msfriendly | MONROE, WI
Jan 25, 2011

This truly touches my heart. I wish more services like this would be available throughout the country. Kudos to those doctors are nurses who volunteer!

basilandcatnip by basilandcatnip | GARLAND, TX
Jan 24, 2011

Fantastic. Hope they can expand to other cities.