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MTI staff and volunteers are working to change that by bringing basic but life-saving medical and dental care.

COURTESY PHOTO - Medical Teams International based in Tigard provides medical and dental care to people in crisis. The LOACC is taking a field trip to view MTIs Real Life Experience exhibit. Join them. It seems that every night on the news there is a new natural disaster or a country in crisis, whether it be an earthquake or an Ebola outbreak.

And providing humanitarian aid at most crises is Medical Teams International (MTI), headquartered in Tigard. In an effort to give seniors an opportunity to experience more closely what people living in crisis see, hear and feel, the Lake Oswego Adult Community Center is taking a field trip to MTI to view the Real Life Experience exhibit at MTI.

Previously known as Northwest Medical Teams, MTI was founded in 1979 by Salem businessman Ron Post. Motivated by news coverage of the atrocities in Cambodia, his heart immediately went out to the people he saw who, through no wrongdoing of their own, were facing unimaginable horrors. They needed help. And he was blessed to help them. He pulled out his Rolodex and made a few calls and Northwest Medical Teams was operating.

MTI works to restore health as the first step to restoring hope. People in crisis are dying from preventable causes. MTI staff and volunteers are working to change that by bringing basic but life-saving medical and dental care.

Going where they are needed most, they ease the suffering of those devastated by crises. They mobilize staff and volunteers quickly — entering places of turmoil, disease and natural disaster — to save lives and leave

communities healthier.

The ACC will visit MTI headquarters to view the Real Life Exhibit Tuesday, June 18, leaving the center at 9:45 a.m. The exhibit is a powerful display depicting life after an earthquake or tsunami.

Following the viewing we will go to lunch at Industry in Tualatin, a farm-to-fork restaurant.

Cost of the field trip is $10 for residents, and $15 for non-residents. Lunch is no-host. Call today to register for this eye-opening experience.

The lunch menu this week features beef taco salad on Friday, June 7; chicken paella on Monday, June 10 and meatball sub sandwiches on Wednesday, June 12. Cost is $4 for those 60 and over and $5 for everyone else.

The LOACC is located at 505 G Ave., Lake Oswego, 97034. A list of activities and support groups can be found on our website, loacc.info, using the menu found on the left side of the website, click on "Activities" and "Services" for more details. Call 503-635-3758 to register for classes, events, make lunch reservations or schedule a massage.

Maria Bigelow is a program supervisor for Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.


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