HER Saturday

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.

These days, if you wander into Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s headquarters on what used to be a quiet Saturday morning, the main lobby is buzzing with activity. Tables decked out in purple tablecloths offer health information and related giveaways. Women of all ages are chatting, sipping coffee, doing crafts, getting hand massages and acupuncture treatments, watching movies and playing a BINGO game that imparts lessons about women’s health between shouts of “BINGO!” Beyond the lobby, in exam rooms, women are seeing providers for their medical and behavioral health issues or case managers for any number of non-medical needs. It’s a health fair, coffee talk, crafting session and walk-in clinic, all rolled into one. Welcome to HER Saturday, the foundation of Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program’s Women’s Health Initiative. HER stands for Health. Empowerment. Resources.

The following narrative was written by Barb Boylan, a volunteer at our weekly HER Saturday clinics.  Barb runs the watercolor table activity for the patients. HER Saturday is a weekly women-only clinic and stands for Health Empowerment and Resources.

A group of Boston Red Sox wives and girlfriends recently volunteered at HER Saturday, our weekly women's health clinic, to brighten up the women's day and get everyone in the Sox spirit. Our staff and patients were happy to have our friends Erin Bradley, Lakyn Holt, Tiffany Price, and Theresa Simunovic join us for the day. Check out the photos of our friends from the Red Sox giving out baseball hats to our patients, leading bingo, and helping with fun activities like watercolors and beading.