BHCHP Blog: A View from the Bridge

Welcome to BHCHP's blog, A View from the Bridge! This is a place for us to share our work with you, our supporters, partners, neighbors and friends. Check back often for stories and updates from our patients, staff, volunteers, donors, supporters and partners, or subscribe via email below.

Ubuntu is an African philosophy that means “I am because you are.” The phrase refers to the idea that individuals rely on relationships to learn, grow, and progress.

In the shadows of the greatest medical facilities of the world, it was astounding to see this level of despair and disease, reminiscent of the state of care in low income resource depleted parts of the world.” - Dr. Monica Bharel, City of Boston Senior Advisor to the Mayor on the humanitarian crisis on Mass Ave and Melnea Cass Boulevard 

Meet Peter! Peter Smith, MD, is our newly-appointed Medical Director, though he’s been with our program for many years at our JYP clinic and, at the height of the pandemic, working at Boston Hope, the field hospital at the Boston Convention Center. 

Meet Keirsa Johnson, originally from Milaca, MN, now residing in Cambridge MA. She started running in college as a way to stay fit. This will be her fifth marathon, and her second marathon with BHCHP.

Meet Father John Predmore a beloved priest in his community, an oil painter, and photographer! This Boston Marathon will be Father Predmore’s first race ever; his motivation to start running was all inspired by his kind heart and compassion for people experiencing homelessness.

BHCHP recently lost a close friend: former Channel 5 journalist and Chronicle co-host Mary Richardson. For two decades, she was a devoted supporter of our work — getting to know us and our patients by doing what any good reporter does: rolling up her sleeves and hitting the streets.

Meet Carmen! A beloved BHCHP nurse and a member of our 2021 marathon team!

Krassi Diehl, 42, originally from Lexington MA started running 10 years ago for health reasons.

Katherine Record, 37, originally from Winstead CT and a graduate of Georgetown, Duke and Harvard has been running since high school. 

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