In the spirit of the PT Day of Service, six volunteers from UC Davis Home Care Service rehabilitation team joined hundreds of other volunteers with the United Way and Home Aid on September 22 to clean up the North C Street area near Loaves & Fishes.
For the second year in a row, the rehabilitation team distributed “Bags of Caring” that included personal and hygiene products as well as bottled water to some 300 homeless men and women in the area. This year, the rehabilitation team conducted 5-minute surveys with the homeless men and women regarding their health challenges and access to health services.
According to Erin Bjork, physical therapist with the UC Davis Home Care Services program, PT Day of Service gives participants the chance to lead and put compassion into action.
“Our rehab team found it very rewarding to serve the homeless community," she said.
PT Day of Service began as an idea that has evolved into palpable movement driven by eight volunteers, a growing list of international ambassadors and many supporters across the world.
The UC Davis team participated in the community service project in part to support Joshua’s house, a hospice for 11 terminally ill men and women that organizers plan to build near other services for the homeless such as the Mustard Seed School for children, indoor pet kennel, free vet clinic, and Friendship Park. Joshua’s house hopes to be open in 2019.
"We look forward to continued support as Joshua’s House becomes a reality, and we plan to grow our Day of Service projects in the future,” Bjork said.
More information about Joshua’s house is available online