Helping Homeless Men with Free CPR, AED & First Aid Training at Wheeler Mission Ministries
What do you consider to be a caring act for the homeless? Giving back to the homeless starts with the simple act of caring for humanity and life on earth, and at the Disque Foundation, we have strived to make a difference in our local homeless community population for the past few years with free CPR and basic life support training.
Did you know that for every age group, homeless persons are three times more likely to die of any disease or injury than the general population? Homeless individuals suffer the same illness, such as heart disease, HIV/AIDS, hypertension and diabetes, but at rates that are up to six times higher.
The Empowerment Team at the foundation has made it their mission to provide free CPR and AED training, to prevent unnecessary deaths from cardiac arrest and emergencies in the demographic that experiences it the most.
Two members of the team, Mackenzie Thompson and Lauren Diffendarfer, re-connected with Wheeler Mission Ministries in Bloomington, IN, in an effort to empower staff working there, to be equipped to save a life with CPR, AED & First Aid training. The duo trained about 15 staff members, using CPR mannequins and a demonstration. In addition to providing CPR training to those there, they also passed out several free online CPR certification training cards so that individuals not able to make the training could become CPR certified for free online.
It was inspiring to see a group of people working together to learn lifesaving skills. You could tell each person found the training to be valuable and applicable to real life situations. -Mackenzie Thompson of the Empowerment Team