It was easy for Mending Kids to grasp the great need for surgeries for children in developing countries. But in 2013, it also became clear that in the United States there is tremendous inequality of access to surgical care for uninsured and underinsured children. The U.S. Hometown Mission was created to care for these children.
On one summer Saturday in Los Angeles each year, eight surgical teams of varying sub-specialties convene and donate their time and expertise to mend 20+ children with diagnoses ranging from keloids to webbed hands, to microtia, to Ollier syndrome (common benign tumors).
The success and impact of the U.S. Hometown Mission in Los Angeles has attracted the attention of other under-represented and marginalized populations in America. Mending Kids will bring the HTM program to 2-3 additional communities in the coming 12 months.