HONOLULU (KHON2) — The John A. Burns College of Medication mentioned its RV that serves as a cellular clinic to present free medical care was vandalized for the third time both late within the night on Friday, Sept. 3, or within the early-morning hours of Saturday, Sept. 4.
The automobile known as the “Hawaii H.O.M.E. (Houseless Outreach & Medical Schooling) Undertaking RV,” and faculty officers mentioned the RV was broken twice earlier than in 2021.
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The current vandals sprayed graffiti on the van, which has been used for treating the homeless particularly throughout since COVID pandemic. The vandals additionally smashed the brake lights and “one aspect and it’s again had been closely broken,” officers reported.
“Our cellular van is vital for the functioning of our clinic and we will’t present our ordinary companies with out it. All of our operational prices are normally paid for through grants and grassroots fundraising, so sudden bills like these are extraordinarily onerous on us. To search out the RV as soon as once more vandalized someday final night time is devastating for our medical college students as a result of volunteering on van missions is one among JABSOM’s necessities within the medical physician program.”
Dr. Jill Omori
Affiliate Professor of Household Medication & Group Well being, Director, Workplace of Medical Schooling, and Government Director, Hawaii H.O.M.E. Undertaking.
Officers mentioned gadgets had been stolen and one of many home windows was damaged through the first focused vandalism on the RV in early 2021. The RV was vandalized for a second time in February, when thieves reportedly stole the catalytic converter.
The newest vandalization makes it third time the van was broken in 2021.
The medical college students use the van to take care of sufferers locally that want healthcare, in keeping with college officers.
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