Watts, Executive Director, works to help individuals experiencing homelessness avoid visits to emergency rooms by dispatching medical outreach teams to find homeless people where they are spending the night and getting their meals – wherever that may be. But he admits that this work is getting increasingly more challenging with the numbers of homeless in shelters on the rise.
Executive Director Patricia DeShields describes the work of her organization:
Given that there are only five federally qualified health center for the homeless projects in New Jersey, as the only one in Camden, Project H.O.P.E. is in a unique position to provide crucial medical and behavioral health services to one of the most underserved populations, within one of the most economically depressed urban areas in the entire nation. In 2010 alone, Project H.O.P.E. saw 1,773 unduplicated patients for over 5,300 medical visits in an attempt to help provide the medical care that is needed on the road towards self sufficiency.