Billie Starks via Crowdrise
March 02, 2013
BENEFITING: Boston Health Care For The Homeless Program Inc
EVENT: 2013 Boston Marathon
EVENT DATE: Apr 15, 2013
Have you ever had the experience of passing by a homeless person, and wondered what you could do to help besides giving them your “spare change?” I wondered that a number of times, and felt at a loss about what to do until I was inspired by Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program to pursue a career serving the homeless in the Boston area. BHCHP is a program that has been in development for all the years that I’ve been alive, and the progress that has been made to provide quality healthcare to the homeless population is simply amazing. To learn more about the work BHCHP staff does watch videos on the BHCHP web site that will give you goose bumps. After approximately three months of working with the program, and feeling that I’ve found my niche in the field of social work, I feel a strong commitment to not only help the patients I work with every day, but also the larger BHCHP community. That’s why, when I learned that there are charity bibs for the Boston Marathon, I (after thinking very critically about what I was about to get myself into) decided to apply for one. My work with patients struggling with addiction is centered on providing encouragement to pursue one of the most difficult challenges of their lives, to stay sober. This requires a tremendous amount of motivation, commitment, and hard work, and I am blessed to witness the strength that patients bring to treatment each and every day. Though running a marathon could in no way compare to the intensely emotional and physical challenge of overcoming addiction, I feel that training for and participating in the Boston marathon will help me to practice what I preach, and give back to the people who inspire me most. So if you were so generous as to help with any financial contribution, you could be a part of the effort to help the homeless in the Boston area. I and all of the providers at BHCHP would be overwhelmed with gratitude, and will put your hard earned money to good use by continuing to provide shelter, food, clothing, supportive services and resources, but above all else, high quality health care. We're saving lives here people, and it feels good!! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your consideration and support, and please pass this on to others who might be interested in the cause! Warmest regards, Billie Starks Clinical Social Worker Boston Health Care for the Homeless firstname.lastname@example.org
Boston Health Care For The Homeless Program Inc wrote -
Since 1985, Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) has been driven by a simple, yet compelling mission--to provide and assure access to the highest quality health care for Boston's homeless men, women and children. People experiencing homelessness are among our community's most vulnerable and unwell, with an increased exposure to illnesses, injuries and trauma. However, homeless patients often forego the care they need as they strive to meet their immediate needs of food, clothing and a safe place to sleep. By delivering accessible health care services at over 80 locations--including within the walls of Boston's family and emergency shelters, under bridges, along back alleys and in hospital-based clinics--BHCHP cares for more than 12,000 homeless patients each year.