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Santa Barbara Street Medicine

Santa Barbara Street Medicine-5810

Organization Mission

Doctors Without Walls – Santa Barbara Street Medicine (DWW-SBSM) is dedicated to providing free, volunteer medical care for the most vulnerable of Santa Barbara County, when and where they are in need, including in times of disaster, and to provide education and training for DWW-SBSM volunteers and others, in order to promote the excellent
practice of humanitarian medicine in our hometown and elsewhere.

The Big Idea:
A Mobile Medical Clinic: By the People, For the People

A mobile clinic provides accessible health care wherever needed. Lack of insurance and transportation are the primary reasons why injuries and infections are left untreated, which can result in long-term disabilities and complications. By providing services on demand and promoting earlier access to care, we limit the strain on local hospitals. Patients who avoid the emergency room drain less money and resources. We hope to acquire a second mobile clinic, a community-funded vehicle that will help us expand our services countywide and schedule multiple missions at the same time — and increase our reach to the chronically unsheltered and working poor.


The staff are my heroes. They are dedicated healers in the most noble sense of the word. We know the homeless. They are our neighbors who live on our streets, whose presence stirs us to walk a little faster, and with whom we work hard to avoid eye contact. Where we speed up, they slow down. Where we avoid contact, they work hard to engage. Where we react with hesitation and fear, they respond with love and kindness and enormous skill.

— Fred Kass, MD, Santa Barbara