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Healing Hands | Verna

Healing Hands | Verna

Work in Progress: Healing Hands
Retired Nurse: Verna

Volunteer nurses working with our homeless communities are on the front lines providing for the medical needs of our homeless communities and often times providing the services of a social worker as well. They are our first responders.


Verna, a retired nurse, has been volunteering for a year tending to the medical needs of our homeless community in SE Portland, Oregon. Verna graduated from nursing school in 1958 and she retired for the first time in 2004. After going back to work part-time at a hospice center, Verna retired for a second time. She now volunteers her services as a volunteer nurse for the homeless community with Knowing Me Ministries almost every Wednesday.
Nurses on the front line Verna, retired nurse volunteers on Wednesdays with Knowing Me Ministries in Portland, Oregon. Photo ©2016 by Mary Anne FunkAbove: Verna prepares to treat a burn. While treating the burn, Verna talks with her patient about going to the hospital to have it taken care of further. Another advocate, Amanda, came out to drive him to the hospital.


Verna prepares to help Matt.

Verna prepares a new bandage
Verna prepares a new bandage

Photos ©2016 by Mary Anne Funk