Hypertension, diet, skin cancer, medication, and depression are among the health-related issues of particular concern to the women in our Sober Living Program. Understandably, addiction takes a heavy toll on the health of alcoholics and drug addicts. As our resident clients work to regain their sobriety, they have a host of questions pertaining to their health and well-being. Thankfully, these pertinent topics were addressed by Jefferson Community and Technical College’s Debra James’ and a group of well-prepared nursing students during a recent health fair at Hotel Louisville.
Events as this are good for the students and good for our resident clients. The students gain real world experience while our resident clients benefit from wealth of knowledge presented by the students and their instructors. As many as four or five groups of students from as many different schools make presentations to the women and men in our recovery program in a single week.
We have a close working relationship with Jefferson Community and Technical College. Geographically, we are neighbors, but the spirit of cooperation extends well beyond physical boundaries. We offer a program allowing resident clients to attend college classes; the majority of our College and Career Program participants attend JCTC. One of the mission’s staff members sits on two of the school’s advisory committees. Additionally, JCTC students from a number of programs have led classes at the mission. JCTC and Wayside Christian Mission are community partners in making life better for Louisville’s homeless population.
We salute Debra James and her amazing nursing students for creating an inviting atmosphere of information and knowledge for the benefit of those whom we are blessed to serve.