Project CHASM

Charleston Homeless and Street Medicine (Project CHASM)

  • Project CHASM (Charleston Homeless And Street Medicine) is a non-profit organization composed of multidisciplinary healthcare providers who seek to serve the medical needs of the homeless community in Charleston, WV.
  • We are modeled after Project Safety Net in Pittsburgh, PA and MUSHROOM (Multidisciplinary Unsheltered Homeless Relief Outreach of Morgantown) in Morgantown, WV.
  • Our organization unites medical, pharmaceutical, social work and other dedicated community volunteers on "street rounds". We go by foot to those places where we are needed most: along the Kanawha river, under bridges downtown, and in the local homeless shelters.

Our Mission

Setting out on foot, Project CHASM will strive to seek out the homeless, bridge gaps, & break down barriers to ensure that all members of our community have access to basic medical needs and are treated with the human dignity & respect that everyone deserves.

Our Goals

We will…

  • Provide opportunity for doctors, nurses, pharmacists, social workers, students, & community allies to come together to fulfill our common ideals.
  • Seek to become familiar faces - developing meaningful relationships with our patients & providing continuity of care
  • Care for each individual in their entirety, providing not only medical needs, but also steps to a healthier lifestyle.
  • Advocate shared decision-making, considering the opinions of our patients & molding each healthcare plan to fulfill their individual needs.
  • Walk to where they live & meet them on their terms
  • Treat each individual as a human being, with the dignity & respect that we each deserve.
  • Provide care without discrimination, accepting people from all walks of life.
  • Maintain a standard of healthcare that we ourselves would be happy to receive.
  • Believe that those we serve have the ability to live their own lives & make their own decisions. We will remain fully open to them as they consider their actions.
  • Provide care in a manner that is suitable to their individual situations
  • Uphold a standard of conduct befitting those of our professions.
  • Strive to make Charleston a healthier community.