Students help care for Norfolk homeless

Story Date: Wed, 04 Apr 2012 10:25:00 EDT

EVMS students took part in an annual ritual in late March: helping care for the homeless in Norfolk.

Nearly 100 medical and health professions students lent a hand to assist with NEST (Norfolk Emergency Shelter Team), according to Nick Bandy, a third-year medical student who coordinated student involvement. NEST is a 20-year community program where Norfolk churches open their doors to house the homeless during the winter months.

EVMS students headed the effort for a week, cooking and serving meals and monitoring the church while the guests slept. Representatives from HOPES, the student-run free clinic, also were on site to make medical appointments.