An anonymous donor has generously offered a matching gift challenge to encourage greater support of the Helping Educate and Link the Homeless (HEALTH) Outreach Program this holiday season. The HEALTH Program provides basic medical care for homeless individuals in our community. All contributions to the HEALTH Outreach Program, made through December 31, 2012, will be matched – dollar for dollar – up to $10,000.
What would a $20,000 donation mean to the program? It represents one month of needed medical supplies and medications for 40 homeless patients struggling with diabetes and high blood pressure. The HEALTH Outreach Program is funded entirely through philanthropic and in-kind support.
More than 40 volunteer physicians, nurses and other health care professionals provide the majority of health care services. The HEALTH Program volunteers teach patients how to monitor their chronic conditions, watch for warning signs, and connect them with a medical home. Every weekday, the HEALTH Program is available in locations that are easily accessible to the homeless and underserved populations. The primary site is known as the “HEALTH Hut” and was donated by St. Vincent de Paul.
The Hut is located near St. Vincent’s food pantry and Hospitality House drop-in shelter. One day per week, the program rotates through shelters at Grace Episcopal Church, The Salvation Army and meal programs at Luke House and Holy Redeemer Church, with as needed visits to the YWCA, Safe Haven and other resource sites.
In 2011, HEALTH volunteers charted 1,336 patient visits. More than 850 patients have been connected to medical homes since the program’s inception in November 2009.
Double your impact today! To contribute to the matching gift challenge, visit the Meriter Foundation Online Gift page.