I gave my patient a tent


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  1. Louise

    I certainly would’ve done the same thing,we have a manufacturing plant opening up in welland,they are building house out of storage containers.I think this would be an amazing solution to homeless situations, just sayin

  2. Filomena Gonzalez

    In my book, you are a hero++++ , we need more docs like you in this world! Your compassion and dedication is inspirational. May your colleagues learn from this amazing act of kindness.

  3. Rosemary Merkley

    When I worked at St. Mikes years ago we had a doctor that would ride his bicycle around the area and check up on some of the patients that he had had over the years. Truly a great physician and kind and gentle man that would fight for the poor souls that were often discarded by society. Dr. K you and the people who worked with you made the lives of the poor and homeless a better place. May God continue to bless you and yours
    R.M.

  4. Sandra

    This definitely puts you on the “Good Guy” list. You did something so kind. Our homeless population struggles so much just to live on a daily basis. Bless you for caring so much about your patients. You did a good thing, Doc. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise!

  5. Tom

    I agree the Dr. O’Shea is a good doctor, and a good person, taking appropriate actions where and when he can. But his actions alone cannot make the changes required.
    We need to frame the situation in the terms that politicians understand. After all, they are the ones with the ability to compel the required changes.
    Someone living on the streets undoubtedly has a reason for doing so. They will interact with into the police, medical and mental health care systems, social workers and shelter workers, among numerous others, and all of these interactions incur public costs. Medical, social or mental health problem are not usually improved by living on the streets, although the street is obviously preferable to many even more problematic situations.
    We know that a safe and stable living environment is the base requirement for pulling a troubled life together. Providing supportive housing is not without considerable cost, but such housing is, at the least, no more costly that the inefficient systems currently working to such futile effect.
    Brian Mulroney’s government eliminated the federal funding that had been used to build affordable housing, and that funding has never been reinstated. As an initial baby step, the various levels of government need to recognize the problem and make the decisions to provide more than a coverup bandaid.
    Doing this right will not only improve the lives of many, it will even save tax dollars. Surely one or another of those is an idea most can rally around!

  6. John Deacon

    Thanks Tim for sharing this! And for providing this dear man with a roof over his head in the hope that a better home is just ahead. It’s the relationship that speaks volumes about you and he, the humanity, the deep desire to be present despite the obstacles of poor health, precarious living situations and uncertainty about where the future leads. Your story makes me want to do more, to not only support people who are homeless with my thoughts and prayers, but with real, tangible, meaningful help.

    • Dr. G

      I love this, thank you for this story. We absolutely must address sociopolitical & economic determinants of health as the root cause of homelessness, mental illness, addiction, etc. But these long-term, hard-to-reach solutions at the legislative level must be also met by immediate, point-of-care delivery to those on the ground. That is where most people can directly & reasonably contribute. Simple albeit temporary solutions for complex problems. It is meaningful to have a place of privacy of our own & shelter from the storm. Hope for more ‘tents for the homeless’ projects globally while the root cause work continues.

  7. Therese Lane

    I would, and have done the same thing. I think that as caring people we just want to help in anyway we can and if reaching out to someone by providing a tent makes you the bad guy, then we are in a terrible state of affairs. Thanks for your kindness

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