HealthCorps to Host 2nd Annual Health Fair at Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children
WHEN:Wednesday, August 29, 2018 5:00-6:30 pm
WHERE: Good Shepherd Center, 1640 Rockwood St, Los Angeles, CA 90026
WHO: Ejiro Ntekume, HealthCorps Coordinator at Good Shepherd Center
WHY: HealthCorps, a national health and wellness nonprofit organization founded by Dr. Mehmet Oz, will host the “2ndAnnual Health Fair”atGood Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children on Wednesday, August 29, from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Over 30 residents of the center are expected to attend. Members of the media are asked to check-in at the center’s front desk.
The health fair will include booths displaying key HealthCorps lessons that are taught throughout the year, including physical activity, nutrition, and mental resilience. Other booths will include: blood pressure screenings by the American Heart Association and substance abuse resources.
In late February 2018, HealthCorps announced its one-year partnership with Anthem Blue Cross Foundation to place a HealthCorps University trainer full-time at Good Shepherd Center. Good Shepherd Center’s mission is to empower women and their children to move from homelessness to self-sufficiency through housing, employment and support services, offered with dignity and love.
The Good Shepherd program focuses on ending the generational cycle of homelessness by giving women and children the tools to lead productive and healthy lives.
HealthCorps is a national non-profit organization that gives teens short and long-term lifesaving skills for physical and mental health so they and their families can live longer, more productive and happier lives. HealthCorps students exercise more, eat better and practice positive thought. The program will impact almost 1 million students across the United States in 2017.
The HealthCorps curriculum has been refined and developed in its in-school Living Labs program since 2003, where a full-time Coordinator is placed inside a high-need high school for two years to mentor hundreds of students, teach health related workshops, and promote a variety of during and after school activities. Coordinators are recent college graduates who go on to careers in medicine, public health policy or wellness practices.
About Good Shepherd Center
Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children was founded in1984 and operates three residential facilities, which provide temporary housing to single women and women with minor children experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles. Good Shepherd Center also provides supportive services at a fourth facility for mothers with a disabling condition with minor children. Serving over 1,500 homeless individuals each year, Good Shepherd offers the following programs: outreach; food and clothing distribution; drop-in services, and temporary housing. Good Shepherd Center also offers a Family Services Program which provides parent support and a variety of educational and enrichment programs for kids if all ages. Good Shepherd Center’s goal is helping women and families experiencing homelessness secure permanent housing. Good Shepherd Center for Homeless Women and Children, which is a non-denominational program of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc., also provides aftercare services up to a year to former clients once they leave the Program and move into permanent housing to ensure that their transition out of homelessness is a successful one.