In 1992, Dr. Jim Withers, an internal medicine physician, began providing medical care to the unsheltered homeless population directly on the streets of Pittsburgh. He partnered with formerly homeless individuals and, initially dressing as a homeless person, began to make nighttime street rounds in the alleys and under the bridges of the city. From this initial outreach service other clinical volunteers joined in and Operation Safety Net was born. Today, OSN is recognized as one of nations’ first targeted full-time street medicine programs and continues to set the standard for this unique form of health care.
On Sunday, May 10 at 9:30 a.m., St. Paul’s, Mt. Lebanon is pleased to present Dr. Withers, who will speak about OSN as part of St. Paul’s regular Christian Education Forum. This special presentation will be in the Parish Hall and everyone is invited to attend.
For more information about Dr. Withers and Operation Safety Net, visit OSN’s web site at http://www.operationsafetynet.net or listen to "Casting A ‘Safety Net’ For The Homeless", a feature from National Public Radio presented last November.