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Santa Cruz Orthopaedic Institute partners with Soles4Souls shoe charity in national effort to help area homeless this Thanksgiving

Soles4Souls’ Conti Projectwill provide free footscreenings and footwear in 33 states including California at the Santa Cruz Homeless Shelter

Capitola, Calif. – Nov. 21, 2011 –Santa Cruz Orthopaedic Institute will direct the Soles4Souls Conti Project, a national campaign to relieve foot problems experienced by the homeless, this Friday, Nov. 25th  at the Santa Cruz Homeless Shelter.

Dr. Nicholas Abidi, an orthopaedic surgeon with particular expertise in foot and ankle surgery, will be on hand on Friday after Thanksgiving to provide free foot screenings and fit donated Keenfootwear for residents of Santa Cruz Homeless Shelter.  

The Conti Project is a yearly event dedicated to providing the less fortunate people across the nation with free foot screenings and footwear.  Soles4Souls and Dr. Stephen Conti, a nationally recognized orthopedic surgeon, partner every year during the Thanksgiving season for the Conti Project initiative.  This is the sixth nationwide effort, which this year will be help in 40 cities nationwide, including the Santa Cruz Homeless Shelter.  The fitting is for residents of the shelter only.

“Foot care and quality shoes are of critical importance for the homeless, who spend so much time on their feet and cannot afford treatment for problems that may arise,” said Mareisa Weil, a development assistant at Santa Cruz Homeless Shelter.  “We’re so thankful our residents have access to this wonderful program.”

During the weeks around the Thanksgiving holiday, physicians and surgeons participate in the event coordinated by Soles4Souls by providing new shoes or boots, including shoes donated by Keen Footwear, and medical screenings to thousands of homeless men in 33 states.  With the every rising poverty levels and unemployment rates, the Conti Project is a lifesaving campaign for many across the country.

“We look forward to the Thanksgiving season every year because of the Conti Project,” said Wayne Elsey, Founder and chief executive officer of Soles4Souls.  “While many of us will be gathered around our Thanksgiving tables with more than enough, there are thousands that need a helping hand.  A pair of durable boots can fill a person with hope and confidence. It’s a major step towards employment and building self-esteem.”

The success of the Conti Project relies heavily on local support.People and companies interested in donating can visit the organization’s website at and follow the instructions.  

About Soles4Souls®, Clothes4Souls®, and Hope4Souls®
Soles4Souls collects new shoes to give relief to the victims of abject suffering and collects used shoes to support micro-enterprise efforts to eradicate poverty.  Soles4Souls’ other two divisions, Clothes4Souls and Hope4Souls, provide the same relief and support through clothing and other necessities. Donating parties are eligible for tax advantages.  Visit,, or for more information.


Gail DeLano
DeLano Communications
(831) 588-1567; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Gracia Krakauer
Santa Cruz Orthopaedic Insitute
(831) 475-4024


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