The continuing mission of Evening of the Arts (EOTA) is to provide financial assistance to medical clinics meeting the healthcare needs of the homeless and working poor of Indianapolis and its surrounding areas. Funds are raised at each year's performance through ticket sales, a visual art auction, and by donations from area businesses and individual sponsors. After operating costs have been settled, remaining funds are used by the clinics to purchase equipment and medications.
In addition to fundraising, EOTA strives to provide education and draw recognition to homeless healthcare issues. Each year, the performance draws a large and diverse audience of students and faculty as well as their family, friends, and colleagues. Community recognition has also grown with each successive year through television and newspaper publicity.
EOTA works to create a better community, not only at the Indiana University School of Medicine but also throughout the city of Indianapolis. We hope our efforts will not only shine during one performance night, but will have a lasting impact on the community at large, especially through our main beneficiary, Wheeler Mission.
- Wheeler Mission
- URL: http://www.wmm.org/
- Located in downtown Indianapolis, the Wheeler Mission has been a beacon welcoming homeless men in Indianapolis for many years. Third and forth year medical students staff a weekly clinic under the supervision of internal medicine faculty from the Indiana University School of Medicine. Students are exposed to a wide variety of chronic and acute care problems that can be unique to the homeless population.
- Genessaret Free Clinic
- One of the first in the Indianapolis area, Genessaret Free Clinic is a model for providing care to the working poor and homeless. Here, students have an opportunity to take a hands-on- approach to patient care. This is a rare chance for first and second year medical students who spend most of their time in the classroom.
- Saint Thomas Clinic
- URL: http://st-thomas.tripod.com/outreach.htm
- Founded in 1996, the Saint Thomas Clinic's mission is to meet the health care needs of the poor of Johnson County, Indiana. Here, students provide direct care, fill prescriptions, and work with Johnson County Memorial Hospital to offer diagnostic and laboratory testing.
- IU Student Outreach Clinic
- URL: http://iu-soc.org/
- IUSOC is run out of the Neighborhood Fellowship Church on Indianapolisís near east side. It provides primary care-based medical services free of charge for the uninsured and underserved in our community. While the IUSOC is now in its infancy, it anticipates a growing patient population with medical problems of varying acuity.