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Hope Van Provides Care for Needy

Reported by : Charlene Cheng
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Updated: 8/15/2013 4:15 am
For people without health insurance, there aren't a lot of option for medical care in Shasta County.

Shasta Community Health Center's Hope Van seeks to provide easily accessible care for even the homeless.

In the beginning, the Hope Program was just medical care being given out of a Honda van.

"The Hope Program started in 2002 with Dr. Murphy and myself going out and...how did she put it? She said, 'I want to go out and end poverty in Shasta County,'" said Hope Program Team Leader Rob Young.

The Hope Team was able to purchase their first van in 2004.

Now it's parked in Redding five days a week, giving health care to whoever needs it.
    
The existing van already sees over 600 patients a month, and Hope Program officials expect to send their new van out into the community this September.

By doubling their resources, the Hope Program will continue to provide patients with the care and referrals they need.
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