TRIAGE THE PAIN
CAUSED BY HURRICANE HARVEY AND IRMA:
SOLVING THE PROBLEMS
ONE PATIENT, ONE URGENT CARE CLINIC AT A TIME!
YOU ARE our BEACONS OF HOPE!
WE, need YOU TO HELP? ‘WE’ are the Help USA First Foundation’s disaster emergency response teams called ECorps spread out all over the paths of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
‘WE’ are also the 1000s of small Urgent Health Care facilities in small towns NOT visited by News cameras nor the mega charities for photo ops.
‘WE’ are patients in need of medical and mental Health Care with no money for co-pays, no transportation, NO homes and fading HOPE.
WE are ONLY asking YOU for 2 things
1. Open your HEARTS, generously DONATE and offer your expertise, if needed.
2. SHARE this appeal with your SOCIAL MEDIA Friends.
Dear Prospective Donor:
WE, need some HELP and the Hurricane Victims need some HOPE! WE, the Help USA First Foundation and its partners, are in this for the LONG HAUL, we did not have photo ops with victims, we did not stay in fancy hotels in Houston, we did not talk and run fund raising, WE just waded through water and snakes to access the damage, the level of PAIN throughout the Southeastern USA and in the Islands, we even had volunteers that lived in Mexico or have family in Mexico that went there after the Major 8.1 Earthquake where death toll continues to rise as it is in the USA in the paths of Harvey and Irma. IF you have already given to a mega-charity, Great, now GIVE to those that are still here in the small towns and villages where there are millions that have NOT heard from them. We cannot wait with ‘swollen Redden Crossed’ fingers’ until help arrive – we are HERE now 1000s need help NOW, cameras or NO cameras.!
TO be honest, we have not seen such devastation in the 37 year history of the Help USA First Foundation’s service to its Neighbors, in the USA, or Mexico. We were overwhelmed, we had NO time to call reports for photo ops our, mostly, ex-military volunteers, just jump in the water, avoiding snakes and alligators (YES, not report much on Main stream media) to pull victims out of homes and offices. We shot a few also and some residents cooked them for FOOD! Yes, snake does taste like chicken.
Many volunteers, including the undersigned left Texas, Louisiana, and Mississippi and went to FLORIDA because we had family and friends in the path of IRMA. The undersigned, stayed in Tallahassee, Florida near Florida State University near a small town called Quincy, to wait for the wrath of Irma. SHE ARRIVED VERY ANGRY.
To get a handle on the situation and form an effective LOCAL solution to this varied crisis, we took a LEAN management approach and ‘triage the PAIN’ and set priorities. We decided to limit our efforts to the areas we knew BEST, Health CARE and Patients. There are over 600 Urgent Care Clinics in TEXAS alone! A large majority of those were located in the Path of Harvey. They need to restore their electronic records systems, replace computers, deal with insurance companies that are slow to help, and FIND and arrange for URGENT medical care for their now, homeless and broken PATIENTS. The patients lost medical devices like wheel chairs, oxygen equipment and expensive hospital beds used for the elderly and lets NOT forget the newborns, that arrived at shelters on boats.
Our on-site ECorps teams found out that many of our professional volunteers, had the expertise to help both the patients and the clinics. We started to provide assistance in small hardest hit towns (Yes, not everyone lived in Houston, Miami and Tampa as the media reported). The Foundation, has had ONLY 5 fund raising drives, with over 37 years dedication of service. THIS TIME IS THE 5th! WE ask YOU to be one of our Beacons of HOPE in this historic effort and show us YOUR HUMANITY.
Thanks, IN ADVANCE, to all of our truly innovative and international LINKEDIN, colleagues, and ALL of our donors.
Help USA First Foundation, Inc.
Executive Committee and Board of Directors
By: James Thomas, Jr., JD, MsHCA, PhD (Jaime Tomas, Jr.)
Chair Emeritus, Help USA First Foundation, Inc_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
HOW WILL MY DONATIONS BE USED!
The Help USA First Foundation, Inc. have had and will continue to have a transparent policy when it comes to donations, as a Tax Exempt 501 ( c ) 3, Non Profit, Social Service and Research agency and Charity, we MUST and are MANDATED to provide the donors as much specificity as possible. In such fast moving times as these that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have caused – and future such natural disasters WILL cause – YOU, the DONOR, should have some specifics. Here are some for you:
Basic Specific purposes of the RELIEF FUND is to:
- URGENT CARE PROVIDERS: Provide small community Healthcare related businesses that were damaged by Harvey and Irma or earthquakes, assistance grants and/or materials to enable them to resume service their patients in a timely effective and safe manner.
- PATIENTS: Patients of these damaged clinics/facilities will receive grants to help with life expenses to allow the patient to reestablish a safe family living environment for their families while continuing their medical needs. The GOAL is to work with the patients in a WHOLE PERSON sustainable manner for a minimum of 2 months or until they can secure other local services, whichever comes first.
CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING STATED AND ACCESSED NEEDS THAT HEALTHCARE CLINICS AND PATIENTS HAVE EXPRESSED - AS YOU CONSIDERED THE LEVEL OF DONATION OR TIME/EXPERTISE CONSULT :Family Prepaid Cell Phone + Monthly Plan $ 100
Patient Home Generator – Rental $300 (if needed)
Public Transportation Card Monthly $100
Patient – Medical Co-Pay $50
Patient Walkers, and similar patient need $100
Patient Wheelchair $400 (Rental or Purchase)
Infant Care Expenses Est. $300 (Month)
Patient Home Hospital Bed and Accessories $ 600
MOSQUITO ABATEMENT/ZIKA Contracts - Clinics and Residences
MOLE AND WATER DAMAGE RESTORATION - Clinics and Residences
Clinic Medical Records restoration (Current Expenditures $35,300.00 - Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi)
Family Expenses Month (3) $700 (Home rentals, clothes, payments, School supplies, etc.)
All or part of the above expenses ARE GREATLY APPRECIATED.
The DONORS, when possible, may receive, if requested, the name of the clinic or family to whom a grant was made with their DONATION(S).
ALL donations are subject to clearance of up to 6 weeks and receipts will be mailed AFTER clearance IF it is sooner, clearance is subject to our donation partner Network for Good regulations. ALL DIRECT GRANTS OR ASSISTANCE WILL BE VERIFIED TO GUARD AGAINST MISUSE.