Health & Wellness at The Midnight Mission encompasses primary healthcare as well as fitness classes and exercise opportunities designed to improve the physical, social and emotional health of all clients. Many of our participants have long-overlooked chronic conditions or injuries.
A wellness plan is a key component of our homeless health program. A range of specialty classes, including Yoga, Meditation, and Tai Chi, along with one on one consultation and training, and dietary guidance help participants improve their overall well-being and prevent and overcome health problems. The goal is to offer a routine that contributes to good health and increases participants’ awareness about balancing the body, mind, emotions, and spirit for overall personal well-being.
Homelessness is associated with social isolation and lack of healthy contact with others. Men entering The Midnight Mission health program learn to respect and help each other through sports and community activities. Team sports including basketball, ping pong, volleyball and social games offer additional ways to develop social skills. They are more than just great ways to get fit; they are a chance to connect and engage with others and to practice the struggle and victory that comes in life. Physical health can enhance sobriety, improving the chances of sustainable recovery and ongoing good health.
Each homeless health participant also has the opportunity to join the running club, the Midnight Runners. They run as part of The Skid Row Running Club with founder Judge Mitchell every Monday and Thursday at 6:00 am. They meet in the lobby at The Midnight Mission. The club is open to the community, and all are welcome. To learn more about the Skid Row Running Club, which is currently featured in a documentary that follows Judge Craig Mitchell and the club, please visit www.skidrowrunningclub.com.
Homelessness increases the chance of developing health difficulties such as diseases of the feet and hands and skin ailments. Homeless also increases the likelihood of trauma, especially as a result of physical assault or rape. It can also worsen a relatively minor health problem and turn it into a serious illness. The Midnight Mission aims to assist these and other health problems that may result from or that are commonly associated with homelessness include malnutrition, parasitic infestations, dental and periodontal disease, degenerative joint diseases, venereal diseases, hepatic cirrhosis secondary to alcoholism, and infectious hepatitis related to intravenous (IV) drug abuse.
Your support will allow The Midnight Mission to provide health and wellness programs that lead to a path of self-sufficiency for men, women and children who have lost direction.