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VIDEO NEWS RELEASE: UH medical students make Christmas Eve deliveries to unsheltered homeless people in Iwilei, Kakaʻako, Downtown and Makiki

Posted on Dec 24, 2018 in Latest Department News

Aloha, word & pdf attached with link to download and a factsheet about the HOME Project. Mele Kalikimaka!

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Christmas Eve is traditionally when families gather, and at the medical school today they did that – with a community-minded purpose.

Medical students, their spouses and their children made lunches and wrapped gifts of personal hygiene items plus warm blankets and flashlights to hand out to homeless people who live on the streets of Kakaʻako, Iwilei, Makiki and in Downtown Honolulu.

Most of the students are volunteers with the Hawaiʻi HOME Project, which stands for Homeless Outreach and Medical Education. They provide basic medical care at nine different homeless shelters multiple times throughout the week. Today, they were joined by their own ʻohana – in some cases spouses and children — to spread some Christmas Eve warmth to those who will spend the holiday on the street.



SOT #1 :00-25  Dr. Jill Omori, Founder, Hawaiʻi HOME Project or UH Homeless Outreach

“We we made a whole bunch of lunches so we made ham and cheese sandwiches and some chips and oranges and we made lunch bags and then also we made a goodie bag with just kind of necessity items like toilet paper wipes hygiene stuff and like flashlights first-aid kits blankets those kinds of  things and we’re going out into the community to distribute it to the unsheltered homeless today.”

SOT # 2 Dr. Omori: :25-:48 “We are Hawaii Home Project, Homeless Outreach and Medical Education, and the volunteers today are just all of our students from the John A Burns School of Medicine and their significant others also have come to help some of their kids came to help and so just our whole ʻohana kind of going out today to make some joy.”

The mobile medical clinics of the HOME Project are organized by the medical student volunteers, supervised by medical school faculty and community physicians. The idea is to serve an underserved population while also learning about special needs of those communities.

In addition to the nine Oʻahu shelters, the medical clinics are provided at community areas where un-sheltered homeless gather, too.

B-ROLL VIDEO *best shots

:00 students organizing in the lobby

Gifts in bags

Students wearing Christmas hats

Students packing the cart bearing the bags of lunches and gifts

1:16 everyone is packing up and heading out to the street

***1:59 good shots of students loading the vans and filled bags on the ground

227 the students pose for a photo

233 Dr. Omori is organizing the students with some natural sound

****3:36 good shot from the top of the hallway shows the largeness of the gifts and bags

2:23-3:02 HOME packing up anProject Mobile Clinic Van (decorated for holidays)

*3:07 Volunteers transporting gits from JABSOM to the mobile clinic van

4:25 more good video of students with full bags lining up to fill the vans, but sound is SILENT or has a some static, so please run silent

6:00 van drives off

Additional information:

1995 UH medical school alumna and now JABSOM Director of Medical Education Dr. Jill Omori founded the homeless outreach program 13 years ago. Funded entirely by grants and donations, HOME provides free medical services to sheltered and unsheltered homeless individuals.

The Hawai’i Home Project website is at:



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University of Hawaiʻi John A. Burns School of Medicine