September 29, 2019, was a special day for the Las Vegas Tzu Chi Service Center for several reasons. Not only was it a day for dental outreach at the Salvation Army to benefit the homeless community in Las Vegas, but it was also the first-ever vision outreach to be conducted in Las Vegas by Tzu Chi.
The weather was just beginning to become cooler in September of 2019. Gathered in the Las Vegas Salvation Army Activity Center was a line of people who are homeless in the area. It was a rare opportunity for them to get their teeth and eyes assessed and treated at no cost. For Tzu Chi volunteer doctors, a relieved smile after helping someone with their medical needs was more than enough payment. Over 100 patients were seen by the end of the day.
The Tzu Chi Medical Foundation’s Healthy Community Wellness Program started from scratch in 2014. Five years later under the nurturing care of the team that never gave up, the wellness program came into fruition and now provides preventive health services to thousands in need.
With his family originally from China, Dr. Peter Fu-Ming Chen was born in Medan, Indonesia. He is the seventh of fifteen children, and often pokes fun at this by calling himself 007. But, his family life was colored with difficulty.
With improved methodologies and new healthcare services, Tzu Chi’s Medical Outreach mission to Milpitas ensures a healthier and better future for the community.
In September 2017, the Puebla earthquake, measuring 7.1 in magnitude, struck Central Mexico. Then, Tzu Chi volunteer Ken Nomura was working as a history teacher in Monterrey, Mexico.
Tzu Chi Medical Foundation has been sending medical volunteers from the United States, Canada, Taiwan, and more, three to four times a year to offer vulnerable residents access to quality medical care that includes consultations, dental treatments, pain therapies, ophthalmology, and pharmaceutical services.
3,768 patients received life-changing medical care throughout the medical outreach mission lead by TIMA medical in Mexico.
The Las Vegas government is troubled by homelessness. Charities are trying their best to take care of the homeless. Some provide shelters, some cooks hot meals. Doctors regularly open medical outreaches here. But only Tzu Chi provides dental services, while also bringing used clothes to the homeless community.