Parish Nursing Assists Santa Barbara Rescue Mission Homeless

It’s early, very cold and just light outside.  Inside the Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, things are warm and bustling in our chapel– and its only 6:45 a.m.  A petite nurse with a strong voice has everyone corralled and in line for something very necessary – a TB test.

Jan Fadden, Heidi Rigoli, and Kathy Molky, nurses from the Parish Nursing Community Outreach Program, came this morning to place TB tests for Rescue Mission homeless guests. In this winter season, new folks are arriving all the time and regulars guests have tests that expired. With tuberculosis an ever-present threat in any shelter, the team tested 25 men and women right after breakfast, and identified six people who need to get a chest x-ray at the Santa Barbara County Public Health Clinic.

Our guests will return Friday at 7:00 a.m. to have the tests read and get cards proving they had a negative reaction. Any unclear results will be referred for further testing.  Santa Barbara Rescue Mission sends a big THANK YOU to these women and Parish Nursing for their help.

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Jill Wallerstedt
Director, Homeless Guest Services