NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ—Adults 18 and older who qualify for Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen may be eligible for free healthcare at the Promise Clinic on George Street.
The Homeless Indigent People Health Outreach Project (HIPHOP) Promise Clinic is a volunteer-based student-ran operation providing “community outreach, health promotion, preventitive education, and clinical services” to uninsured clients of Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen.
To see if you qualify for the free services, call (732) 406-9131 or inquire within Elijah’s Promise Soup Kitchen, located at 18 Neilson Street. To set up an appointment, visit the soup kitchen for a blood pressure screening on Tuesday or Thursday evenings.
If you cannot be screened, you can email Sophia at [email protected] or Michael Serzan at [email protected]. You may also contact Yvette Molina, Director of Community Services at (732) 545-9002 ext. 116 or at [email protected].
The HIPHOP Promise Clinic is open on Thursdays from 6pm-9pm, and according to their website, “is built on a continuity of care model and provides basic health maintenance, screenings, medications, and laboratory work.”
Robert Wood Johnson medical students and volunteer physicians are practicing free primary medical care for those who can receive it at the Eric B. Chandler Health Center, located at 277 George Street.
Pregnant women and patients who would need special care do not qualify for care at The Promise Clinic, but they would be able to obtain free referrals to other health centers that can help them.
Call the Eric B. Chandler Health Center at (732) 235-6700 for more information on their hours of operation and other community-based, family-oriented health services.
Physicians interested in volunteering their time, email Rick Vakil of The Promise Clinic scheduling team at [email protected]. Anyone can submit comments or questions via a simple online form.
If you wish to donate to the cause, please email the program coordinator Susan Giordano at [email protected].
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