HouseCalls for the Homeless

“Our mission is to provide simple human dignity.” – Dr. David Lehmann

Upstate Medical Universitys HouseCalls for the Homeless was started by Dr. David Lehmann and Mia Ruiz-Salvador in the summer of 2018. Its mission is to provide medical, psychiatric and addiction safety-net services for men and women without homes in Onondaga County. The Upstate program is one of a growing number of "street medicine" programs in the nation, and across the world.

HouseCalls for the Homeless provides services at emergency shelters in Onondaga County and often works with In My Fathers Kitchen, an outreach service that distributes food and other necessities to homeless people on the street.

Beyond the physical care, a physician's medical diagnosis can often assist people to qualify for supportive housing, helping them off the streets. Statistics show that the longer a person lives on the streets, the greater his or her risk of death.

The HouseCalls for the Homeless Fund was established to provide much needed medications, medical supplies and equipment, and personal items that aid in the healthy betterment of the individuals we care for.

Please consider making a donation to the HouseCalls for the Homeless Fund. Thank you!

Donate ONLINE (below)

OR via check payable to: The Upstate Foundation with notation for Housecalls for the Homeless Fund

Mail to:  Upstate Foundation 
               750 E Adams Street
               Syracuse, NY 13210

Thank you to our generous sponsors, Carrabbas Italian Grill, the artists who created the amazing chairs for auction, and the many donors for making the CHAIR-ity Event a great success! Over $27,000 was raised to provide medical care and services to men and women experiencing homelessness in our community!


Dr. Mustafa Awayda and Dr. Fatme Allam

Bankers Healthcare Group

Bond, Schoeneck & King

Manning & Napier Advisors

MFS Investment Management & Lasda Champion Wealth Management

M.S. Hall & Associates, LLC

Rahma Health Clinic

St. Lucy’s Church

Upstate Medical University Office of the President

Upstate Medical University Department of Medicine

Tom & Pam LeBlanc

Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Lehmann

Northeast Decorating & Exhibit Services, Inc.

The Nortz Family


Mr. Shop

St. Charles – St. Ann’s Outreach

Upstate Medical University Department of Emergency Medicine

Scott & Pamela Winchek 

Catering generously provided by Carrabba’s Italian Grill® 

Support provided by the Upstate Foundation


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