The Suitcase Clinic is a student group that operates three multi-disciplinary clinics each week and offers free services to the Bay Area homeless and low-income communities since 1989. The Suitcase Clinic offers health care, medicines, vision screening, wellness activities, legal advice, dinners, foot-washing and the services of a chiropractor, a hair stylist and massage therapist free to the public.
We are run on an all-volunteer basis by undergraduates, medical, law, and optometry students, and volunteer professionals from a number of fields. Seventy percent of our clients are homeless. Our General Clinic runs every Tuesday night, and our Women’s and Youth Clinics run Monday nights.
What you can do as part of Suitcase Clinic:
– Give more than spare change to the homeless on the streets of Berkeley
– Gain exposure to law, public health, public policy, and social welfare
– Meet community leaders who work to alleviate poverty locally
– Advocate to end hunger and homelessness in sustainable ways
If you are interested in volunteering, we offer a 2 unit P/NP class through which you will receive training, as well as learn more about the homeless population and the problems they face. The class is HMS 98/198 (Thursdays 5-7PM) and we meet starting Thursday, January 27 in 220 Wheeler.
For more info about The Suitcase Clinic check out our *Spring 2011 Info Nights* on:
- Thursday, January 20 from 5-7PM in 220 Wheeler
- Friday, January 20 from 7-9PM in 220 Wheeler
We will post the application on Thursday, January 20 at http://www.suitcaseclinic.org. We highly encourage you to attend the info session or talk to a current Suitcase member about the organization before filling out the application. Applications are due on Wednesday, January 26 at 4PM in 570 University Hall.
In order to get accepted to the class, you must attend ONE info session, take a 30 minute tour (on Monday Jan. 24 or Tuesday Jan. 25 from 7PM, 7:30PM, 8:00PM), and fill out an application. Please take yourself off of the waiting list. The waiting list will not allow you entry to the course. You will receive course entry codes only when you are accepted into the class.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to email [email protected]
Suitcase Clinic Class Coordinators