GRANTS PASS, Ore.-- For Laureen Pickens the free vision clinic at North Valley High School means more than just getting her sight back. It means a new beginning.
"I've been here for 3 months now. I came here from California. I am homeless," she said.
She's been without glasses for about 8 months and Saturday she got a new pair. The student volunteers of the Josephine County Foundation (JCYF) and medical professionals with Amigo Vision did the same for 150 people like LaureEn, people of lower income and little means to take care of their eyes.
“In every society there are people who fall through cracks. There are people who don't have the insurance that is necessary to have decent vision care and buy new glasses. There are people that don't have health care," said Amigo Vision director Dr. Kurt Wilkening.
"It's really important that we just embrace every sort of people, every class, every income, no matter what it is. No matter what your economic status is. Just as long as we're loving on these people and we're serving them in whatever way we can. That we're showing them just different levels of goodness and love. This is one way we can do that by serving them. Showing them that they matter," added JCYF Volunteers and juniors at North Valley HS Ailis Kalevicoglu and Natalia Price.
This is the 7th year the two organizations have linked together to help Josephine County residents like Laureen see.
"Eye care is extremely important. People need to be able to go out there and see what they're doing and see their loved ones," Pickens said.
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