Wound Walk OC tends to the wounds of our unsheltered in Orange County, California.. Our Mission is the direct relief for those who need it most. We have a wound wagon, filled by items donated by people like you. Each person who calls outside home is different, but, of course— all deserve basic human care. What we do is deliver relief so that they might catch their breath for a moment, feel a connection – we won’t stop until some can recognize themselves in a mirror someday.

3 weeks ago

Wound Walk OC
Good morning good people! We will be HB Civic Center, 2000 Main St., Huntington Beach for the GHBIC Community Servoce Day event. We would love to see you there.If you'd like to bring a donation for WoundWalk, we'd gratefully accept Socks, Gatorade (sugar free preferred), bandages, gift cards to Fast food restaurants or grocery stores, financial donations or any other items you'd like us to pass along to our unhoused neighbors. As always, out Amazon wishlist is up and running, and so is our PayPal donation link. (Both are in the comments) ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Wound Walk OC
Special thanks to Shireen Varga (LMFT, 1st. Lt. California National Guard) of the The Priority Center for visiting our offices for some serious stratergery talks. We put mental health as a top priority as we are dealing with the crushing impacts of #COVID19. We have little faith that the same sick care system who left people out alone on the streets to die durning the pandemic will do anything but maintain a status quo of favoritism. This approach has been proven to be deadly for our unsheltered, and still untreated, chronically unhoused population. Together, we will do what it takes to bring #realitybasedhealthcare to #orangecounty. #woundwalk ... See MoreSee Less
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2 months ago

Wound Walk OC
We may not have $280 Million dollars and a big building but we have an office where we work to get the wounded off the cold concrete. Thank you to John Hall for your continued service to our Veteran’s who you spent a summer delivering food to the ones stuck in dark places. Your level really did the job here. Of course, thank you to Pepper for cleaning the smudges from plaques. Michael’s hands aren’t always the freshest. We have a beautiful community of caring care givers who surround us with priceless treasures of their time and support. Oh, and we have the greatest ride along partner of all, Stelllllaaaaa. ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Wound Walk OC
Soul satisfaction Sunday… Today we are resting a bit and reflecting in gratitude. Saturday, Michael was invited to speak at Orange Coast Huddle (always happy to share our story with any group.) Upon arriving, a table of Gatorade Zero and bandages were gathered on a table. Their members took the time to get us items we need most. Gatorade is a name brand that our neighbors without addresses trust but many struggle with too much sugar in their diets. After giving a personal address to the group, several approach him with cold hard cash donations! Several checks were collected including a $100 donation from the group. What a beautiful experience where Michael had the opportunity to share a message “Just Show Up.” (Greatly inspired by a friend of ours who recently received a cease and desist letter from Nike because her Black Woman owned business is called “Just Succ It” (she sells beautiful succulent plants.) We’ll put her link in the comments. She’s maintained such peace and joy through the hard process of being served noticed that Nike claims rights to “Just_________ It” Her tag line is, “Planting Happiness and Laughter.” Michael loves loves succulents as they are drought resistant and help us lower our impact on the planet. Michael spoke of ‘space and grace.’ We can all understand that this time has been terribly taxing on all our common senses. They shared their love for Bethany Webb, who’s sister was murdered at a Seal Beach beauty salon. Her pain is deep. We can be generous to each other and afford to give each other space and grace. Bethany is on to new adventures of goodness after the launch of a new name and organization of the Huddle. With money in their pockets going ‘jing-a-ling-ling,’ (nice one The Black Crowes) Michael stopped at Harbor Freight where they saw a sign that caused them to pause. Michael saw a cart with a cardboard sign. Michael put some Gatorade Zero, thick wonderful fluffy make-up remover clothes (thank you dear Jennifer Lambert,) an emergency blanket and Katherine White’s (our Operations Director) card with her cell number on it. We didn’t know where the handler of the cart was. Upon reading closely the missive, ‘a true story,’ They went a shoppin’ because Huddle trusts them to spend their money where they see fit. We never take lightly the trust you’ve showed us with your money that’s not our money but money we use where we choose. (Thank you to Melinda French Gates who’s leading the way through direct giving action to on-the-ground organizations she feels are trustworthy to spend the money wisely and most effectively.)Michael met “S” in the store, shared with her that her sign had been read and that we were about to purchase most of the items she requested. She had a rechargeable light in her hand and they asked her if she would like us to purchase that as well. Michael took note and complimented her on the beautiful feather in her hair. She smiled. She replied gratefully, “yes please.”We purchased her well considered survival provisions along with much needed supplies for our field teams. We met outside the store and showed her each item and, with her permission, placed them in her cart. We got to know each other a bit and Michael shared personal cell numbers. Michael asked permission to take a picture together so we could put a face to a name. She replied, “I want to be seen.” We told her she’s now in our “I See You” program where we personally care for special needs because our beautiful community entrusts us to share without bias or political or religious obligations. Michael saw the shadows in her and behind her, they both commented on the reflection of the two of them. She commented, “I am Native American.” Michael shared that we are #WoundWalk and our name is inspired by our #firstpeoples of California. Michael has been taught by Elders who share that there were no ‘unsheltered’ in their time. The elders teach of not poisoning the water or treat callously their Mother Earth. We walk among the wounded mostly at night because we are “Wound Walkers.” Michael committed to getting her an 23andMe test. With plugs in hand that “S” needs to charge her phones and flashlights, Michael gave her $20.00 so she could perhaps use a nearby coffee shop to charge up and call Kat on Monday. (If she doesn’t, we’ll attempt to reach her safely.)With the safety of knowing that we aren’t ever alone in our work, Michael proceeded to CVS Pharmacy to acquire tools for one of our recipients in our “I See You” program “A.”“A” had his right eye surgically removed four years ago at an area hospital due to a traumatic injury. He had been told he needed surgery to save his left eye but no referral had been given. The team first met “A” the night that his vision had completely failed in his left eye. We met him in #Anaheim where his ability to survive was not positive. Along with our PA students from Chapman University we assisted him with wound care. Ahmad Zahra, Council Member from nearby Fullerton responded to our call and he joined us in getting to know “A’s” story a bit. We lost “A” for a month after unsuccessfully attempting to arrange a detox bed for him which he desperately wanted. Mick (our Wound Walker who is U.S Airforce Guard, volunteering/training with us.) found “A” a month later. They spent an hour working on “A’s” wounds. He had become extremely emaciated and was in severe condition. You may recall seeing pictures of us assisting a man with a sign that read “I’m blind, Honk if you can see me.” Monday, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Ben Davis and Michael found “A” on the off ramp of the 91 Freeway at Lemon. He had lost control of his bodily functions and in dire need of attention. Other agencies who had made previous contacts with “A” informed him that because he is blind they couldn’t help him. We were in a terrible situation where EMS were re-staging assets to deal with the #covid19 #Omicron surge. It was a very cold and rainy morning. Our hospitals had ambulances lined up to receive incoming patients who needed critical care. Being a holiday, no County of Orange Health Care Agency social workers were available. CalOptima doesn’t allow our teams to call them to assist their members in the field without City Outreach and Engagement team. We don’t believe that waiting is good for their members to receive qualified medical attention. We hope to work out that kink with OC Supervisor Katrina Foley. With few options, Michael pulled his vehicle to the side of the road with hazard lights on and Ben and Michael assisted “A” into a warm environment as hypothermia was a concern. Michael drove to a nearby parking lot with “A”After a short deliberation of next steps, Ben being an attorney by trade but acting as a volunteer, informed Michael of potential liabilities of driving “A” to Michael’s residence. Michael felt that “A” needed to be able to warm up in a warm shower and safety was considered. Today, “A” is a valuable member of our extended family where he receives PA and CalOptima Nurse led case management under our new CalAim insurance program specifically designed to care for our most in need. We of course are not going to leave a blind man to freeze to death on the street. This has been a difficult case of learning how to work the system until it works, but we’re on it. We’re learning, we’re growing and ready to expand what we all do together because it’s working for those who have tried everything to get the mental, behavioral and medical attention they need. We understand the cracks are wide and people fall in between what seems like the deepest craters of disparity. We understand people in pain do painful things but that’s what #traumainformedcare is for. It is with great satisfaction on this beautiful Sunday that we can share with you what you allow us to do. We deeply deeply love each one who help us bring #streetmedicine to the street with a lot of TLC.It doesn’t take a miracle, it takes US. #Ubuntu ... See MoreSee Less
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3 months ago

Wound Walk OC
Some real lifesavers here! Our deepest gratitude for the ochealth Shelter Covid Response Team. They come to field with us because that’s where the people live. Always a joy seeing them conduct a vaccination clinic. They are kind, responsive and patient. #woundwalk ... See MoreSee Less
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