Though I did not see any homeless or street people today, I have seen panhandlers in the past at an intersection. Law enforcement is quick to put an end to these activities, however. The only area that indicates poverty is along the highway where there are mobile homes and very run-down single family homes that have not recuperated since being flooded two years ago. Services in the Community Make sure you address fully what you observed and NOTE if something was not found within your community area, how far away it is and how people will access it. ● Social Services Do you see evidence of recreation centers, parks, and social services? For services that are not available, how far must persons travel to access these services ? Describe each . There are no parks, recreational areas or social services that the city provides in this specific area, however, access to these are a short distance away. There are several river access points in this City as a whole, but in this particular area, there is only private access. There is a large park that is a tourist destination with spring-fed creeks and lakes within a ten minute drive, and right next to that is an office of New Braunfels’ city services including a library. Recreation is a huge part of New Braunfels, 7
with the exception of the location I’m doing the windshield survey on. We have many events within the city such as Wurstfest, Oktoberfest and Wassailfest that are within a ten minute drive. ● Health Services Do you see evidence of health (Hospitals, Dr’s Offices, Clinics) and mental health services? Describe each . Are there any signs of alternative services in the area, such as healers (curanderos), herbalists, herbal stores, palm readers, acupunctures, chiropractors. For services that are not available, how far must persons travel to access these services ? There is a large wellness hospital that focuses on preventative care. Attached to it is a gym. They also tout that their food is freshly made from scratch and you won’t be able to find even a vending machine for sodas in the hospital. There is a wing of the hospital specifically for doctors offices. In the vicinity of the hospital there are office spaces that have been built up and labeled “medical office space.” Across the street from the hospital is an ambulatory surgery center. Nothing advertises mental health services, however. The neighboring hospital that is within a ten minute drive offers acute and chronic mental health services. An acupuncturist who also specializes in herbal medicine neighbors a health food store that sells holistic herbal medications, and neighboring that is a chiropractor. This is within a five minute drive of the specific area I’m focusing on. ● Fire and Police Services Do you see any fire and police services/equipment/officers? Where are the closest fire and/or police stations ?
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- Spring '17
- Nursing, New Braunfels