Local Service Projects


Medical Bridges is an organization that recovers medical surplus which would otherwise be discarded and redistributes it to hospitals, clinics, and healthcare providers in less fortunate countries in order to bridge the healthcare gap. Their mission statement is "To connect those who have with those who hope." For more information, check out their website at http://www.medicalbridges.org. HuMed will be volunteering with them a few times a semester on Saturdays from 9-12, organizing and packing supplies for shipment.


The Women’s Home is a multi-ethnic, non-denominational, non-profit United Way agency that serves women who have experienced homelessness because of mental illness, abuse or addiction. At The Women’s Home, they envision a world in which every woman embraces her unique value and potential for a life filled with love, dignity and purpose. Within the Life Learning Center, The Home’s clients participate in comprehensive clinical, vocational and chemical dependency programs. They also receive job training in the on-campus Cottage Thrift Shop and administrative offices. This is done by offering women an 18-month residential program that focuses on building the skills and self-confidence necessary to overcome mental illness and addiction and achieve self-sufficient living. Nearly 90% of women who participate in our program for six months or longer leave with income and housing. That success rate is almost double the industry standard. For more information, check out their website at http://www.thewomenshome.org/.

This semester HuMed will be organizing a Halloween party on Wednesday, October 28th for the women’s Aftercare program. These women meet every week to support each other on the journey and we hope to provide a fun activity at which they can relax and enjoy each others company. We also hope to organize a group of students who will volunteer Saturday mornings in the Thrift Shop, which supports the programs at the Women’s Home and provides vocational and business administration experience for the women during their stay at The Home. If you want to get involved please contact Ana El-Behadli at afe1@rice.edu.