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.

If Keirsa Johnson had to describe herself in one word, it would be persistent. The Cambridge resident has been running since college, where she lived on a popular running route. While watching a half marathon, she noticed how happy the runners looked, inspiring her to take up long distance running.

Every year, approximately 30,000 dedicated runners line up in Hopkinton to run the Boston Marathon. Get to know David Goldstein, one of the members of Team BHCHP that's running the 2019 Boston Marathon in support of our patients!

In October of this year, BHCHP’s Emerging Leaders Board awarded the Hill Holliday Healthcare Team with the Change Maker Award at their annual Fall Soiree, in honor of their Boston’s Underdogs campaign, a public multimedia campaign across to raise awareness and funds about the work of BHCP’s SPOT program, Supportive Place for Observation and Treatment. Read Scott Rabschnuck’s Change Maker Award acceptance speech.

On Election Day, Massachusetts will vote on discrimination protection for transgender people. Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program supports a “YES” vote on Ballot Question 3 which keeps our current law protecting transgender people from discrimination in public places.

When you picture a psychiatrist’s office, what do you see? If you ask Dr. Eileen Reilly, an esteemed psychiatrist and beloved member of BHCHP’s Street Team, she’d say a park bench or a coffee shop would work just fine for her patient visits.

In 2017, BHCHP was happy to host over 50 health fairs for our 11,000+ patients, because we want to ensure that our medical and behavioral health care services reach as many individuals and families experiencing homelessness as possible.

Six years ago John arrived at our program, newly in recovery, and with a complicated mix of life-threatening medical problems and 27 severely decayed teeth. Today, thanks to his BHCHP caregivers, his chronic illnesses are expertly managed, he is receiving ongoing treatment for his depression and anxiety and he smiles easily thanks to Bessy and the rest of the BHCHP Dental Team.

We are thrilled to announce that our 13th Annual Sox for Socks weekend will take place at Fenway Park Friday, June 22nd - Sunday, June 24th, 2018. If you plan to attend a game that weekend, please consider bringing new, white socks to any gate at Fenway Park. Look for the Sox for Socks volunteers just inside the gate!

Heading into their third year, the Emerging Leaders Board is busier than ever! Made up of 21 young professionals who are committed to supporting BHCHP’s mission, the board participates in a variety of volunteer opportunities and fundraising activities.

We started HER Saturday because of a need in the community – to provide a safe, inviting space for women experiencing homelessness where they could consistently come to connect to care and build trusting relationships.