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Meet The Doctor Who Has Spent The Last 22 Years Making House Calls To The Homeless

For over two decades, Dr. Jim Withers has been a hero to the homeless in Pittsburgh. Now he's about to be yours.

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Dr. Jim Withers traded his scrubs in for a grungy jacket and baseball cap, and took to the streets of Pittsburgh with a simple idea: the best way to care for the homeless is to treat them where they live.

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Equipped with splints, bandages, cough medicine, inhalers, vitamins, antibiotics and pain relievers, Withers and his team travel through the streets of Pittsburgh five nights a week. He estimates he’s treated over 1200 homeless a year since 1992.


Withers said the encounter taught him that in order to effectively treat the homeless, you must put yourself in their shoes. "We would have to stretch ourselves, and care enough to stretch ourselves, into their world, into their reality," he said.

Their vision is simple: “Everybody matters. We need to look out for the people that are the most ostracized in our own communities.”

CORRECTION: A previous version of this article stated that Dr. Withers was from Philadelphia. Dr. Withers is from Pittsburgh.