By Mike Bradley
I learned about Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) by chance, listening to the radio while driving to work about six years ago. A reporter was interviewing a Boston doctor, Jim O’Connell, who had dedicated his career to serving the homeless on the streets of Boston.
When I got to work that morning I made a contribution to BHCHP – how could I not back that story?
Gradually I learned more about the place, its incredible mission, and its patients. But the most important part for me was learning about and then meeting the people who work with Jim. They represent the heart of our city. The diverse and capable staff members of BHCHP are fulfilling a mission of providing quality health care to the fragile population that lives in the streets, in shelters, or in temporary housing. That is to say, people who live in the shadows. Staff members are committed care givers, serving their patients with an unusual level of humility and respect.
You owe it to yourself to learn more about them or, better yet, to visit them on Albany Street, just across from the Boston Medical Center. You will meet street doctors, researchers, protectors, and friends. You’ll see what it really means to care for others. Over years of seeing the impact of their work, I’ve become a big fan of BHCHP and a regular supporter of their efforts. I’m so thankful that I listened to that radio interview.
Check out the video below by Fidelity Charitable about Mike's experience with BHCHP .
Mike Bradley is the retired CEO of Teradyne, Inc. and a longtime supporter of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program.