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‘Angels in Blue’ Treat Homeless

Staff and volunteers from Camillus Health treat members of South Florida’s homeless population by going out to the streets after clinic hours to find those who refuse both shelter and traditional medical attention.  
The team, mostly nurses, are identifiable by their blue scrubs. When their van pulls up, homeless people come out of the shadows to seek services, according to a Miami Herald reporter who accompanied them one night.

Rose Anderson, a nurse practitioner who is team leader, says many of the homeless are mentally ill people who became substance abusers while trying to dampen their confusion, hopelessness and pain. 

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