Join Us for the First-Ever HCH 5K Race!

HCH is partnering with Bishop’s Events to bring you the first-ever HCH 5K race. The race takes place on November 15th, 9am at Druid Hill Park! Click here for race details and to register.

The Druid Hill 5K Course

The Druid Hill 5K Course

We welcome runners (and joggers and walkers for that matter!) of all abilities at this fun and healthy event. Registration is just $25 ($30 after 10/15), and includes an  HCH t-shirt. Best of all, proceeds will directly benefit people experiencing homelessness in our community.

Click here to register, and start preparing to get into racing form by November 15.

If you’re a beginning runner looking forward for your first 5K, we’re here to provide some excellent resources for you.

A 5k training schedule takes less than 30 minutes a day, three days a week. Train hard, and maybe you can beat the course’s fastest time to date: 17 minutes, 16 seconds!

Register now online at Bishop’s Events! Registration is safe, secure, and only takes a moment.

Our goal is to sign up at least 100 HCH friends and supporters by October 15. So…Spread the word and let’s get running (…or power walking, jogging, strolling, rolling, or just plain ambling)!

If you’d like to volunteer, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Patrick Diamond: pdiamond@hchmd.org. We need a team of volunteers to assist at registration and water stations, and to provide refreshments at the finish line. And we welcome friends and family to cheer on our runners!

Most importantly, this run is about celebrating a value we all share – the commitment to building a healthy community that includes everyone.

 

 

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Mobile clinic meets people where they are

The following article, “Health care provider ‘meets people where they are'” by Danae King, and accompanying video about the HCH Mobile Clinic was published on the BaltimoreSun.com - click here for the article and video.

Almost 30 years ago, Health Care for the Homeless was founded in Baltimore to help people “falling through the cracks” of the health care system; now the organization has created a program to ensure that people don’t fall through the cracks of its own system.

“We needed to make sure we were getting beyond these four walls,” said the organization’s CEO Kevin Lindamood, as he sat in the organization’s clinic at 421 Fallsway. “To serve those that are so vulnerable they’re not able to make it here.”

The new program is a mobile clinic that provides health care to homeless people at five locations: the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Housing Resource Center, My Sister’s Place, Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More, Safe Haven and Safe House of Hope.

Working out of a custom-made, 35-foot-long van equipped with two exam rooms and a waiting room, employees set up at the different shelters — potentially adding up to 600 patients. Health Care for the Homeless headquarters helps about 7,000 people each year.

Lloyd Freeman, 43, visited the mobile clinic recently when it was parked in Reisterstown at the family shelter Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More. He brought his 20-month-old daughter, Alannah, to get her a checkup.

As a resident of Sarah’s Hope, the location farthest from the main clinic the van visits, Freeman had been to the van when it visited in the past month. The mobile clinic usually stops at Sarah’s Hope for one day a week.

“It’s really nice,” Freeman said. “It’s really up to date … Stuff like this will help a lot of people in the community.”

The clinic can help patients with a variety of medical problems, said John Lane, the program coordinator who drives the van and helps set it up. Five employees work on the van once it gets to its location, including Lane, as well as a certified medical assistant, an insurance enroller, a nurse practitioner and a case manager, who goes into each shelter and does outreach work.

The van and its staff are funded primarily by a $858,000 grant from the Bureau of Primary Health Care for the startup year. After the first year, Health Care for the Homeless will get $650,000 annually, said the organization’s Chief Strategy Officer Keiren Havens. The organization also did some fundraising, and received support from Mercy Medical Center’s Order of Malta, which gave $50,000, and an anonymous private donor who gave $100,000, Havens said.

Employees help patients enroll for insurance if they don’t already have it, draw blood, give immunizations and write prescriptions.

There are only a few things the mobile clinic can’t do on site, such as provide mental health, dental and addiction care. For those needs, workers will refer patients to the clinic’s headquarters, often giving them bus tokens or a cab voucher to get there.
“We bridge the gap of health care they need,” Lane said.

The goal of Health Care for the Homeless is to “meet people where they are,” said Dr. Nilesh Kalyanaraman, the organization’s chief medical officer.

It did just that for Terace Banks, 36, of Owings Mills, who happened along while the van was at Sarah’s Hope.

Banks, an unemployed construction worker, has an interest in old buildings and was looking at one nearby when he saw the van and knocked on the door.

It was his second visit to the mobile clinic. His first was for a checkup, and he returned for a follow-up appointment and blood work.

Banks is considering using the van and its staff as his primary care physician because there aren’t a lot of health resources in the area, Lane said.

“It’s awesome to have a resource like this,” said Banks, who lost his job a few weeks ago. He said he’d recommend the mobile clinic to others and has no complaints, though he was intimidated on his first visit until the “staff opened up” to him.

“[It's important] for us to treat them like human beings … treat them like family,” Lane said.

The program helps about 40 people a week, when it stops at different locations on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. It will soon run Tuesday through Friday, Lane said.
“Homelessness has only gotten worse in recent years,” Lindamood said, adding, “Homelessness is not permanent, and what we find through our work is when people get access to the support they need … people move on to lives where they’re not homeless any longer.”

This support needed is not just health care, but also other services Health Care for the Homeless and other organizations provide, Havens said.

“It’s a very small piece in the larger scheme of Health Care for the Homeless’ mission to surround folks who need it with support they need to get out of homelessness,” Havens said. “It’s one piece of a much bigger pie … there’s something very powerful about bringing it all together.”

Jeanae Trent, 41, visits the mobile clinic while she is staying at Sarah’s Hope. The nurse practitioner helps her manage her degenerative osteoarthritis, and she doesn’t have to take a bus or walk far to get health care.
“It just helps us,” she said.

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Don’t Miss Zumbathon: Work Out with HCH and HPRP!

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Don’t miss Zumbathon from 2-5pm with registration at the door starting at 1:30pm. The incredibly energetic Tisha Guthrie will lead you through a workout that combines aerobic exercise with dance moves from around the world!

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Announcing the 6th Annual “Battle of the Stones”

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At Battle of the Stones, you and your family can enjoy ice cream and entertainment while getting to know more friends in the HCH community. Plus, you’re encouraged to test your aim between 2-3pm when HCH President & CEO, Kevin Lindamood will be the target in the dunk tank!

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Announcing Our Mobile Clinic Launch and Open House Dates!

Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) is proud to announce the launch of a new Mobile Clinic. The new clinic is serving adults and children in the Greater Baltimore metropolitan area living in encampments and shelters, who have limited access to health care providers.

Area providers, media, and prospective clients are invited to attend Open Houses for the HCH Mobile Clinic at different service sites during the week of July 21:

 Manager John Lane Behind the Wheel of the New Clinic

Clinic Manager John Lane Behind the Wheel of the New Vehicle

Tues, July 22 (9-11AM): Safe Haven, 4101 Old York Rd, Baltimore

Weds, July 23 (9-11AM): Sarah’s Hope at Hannah Moore, 12041 Reisterstown Rd, Reisterstown

Fri, July 25 (9-11AM): My Sister’s Place, 17 W. Franklin Street, Baltimore

Funded primarily through a grant from the Bureau of Primary Health Care, the 35-foot, vehicle was custom-built for HCH. It is wheelchair accessible, and features two exam rooms, a reception area, and a space for outreach work.  Mercy Medical Center and the Order of Malta helped raise critical resources to supplement those provided by the federal grant.

Four days a week, Mobile Clinic providers on the now deliver primary and acute care, health education, referrals, and case management. The Mobile Clinic team includes a nurse practitioner, certified medical assistant, outreach worker, and driver. As with all HCH services, Mobile Clinic access will be provided to people experiencing homelessness regardless of their insurance status. But our mobile outreach workers will help to connect individuals with benefits such as Medicaid enrollment whenever possible.

“This is truly a landmark event in the history of Health Care for the Homeless,” says President and CEO Kevin Lindamood. “The Mobile Clinic will take critical health care services for people experiencing homelessness out into the community, beyond the walls of our building at 421 Fallsway and directly to those who need it most.”

Initial mobile sites include Safe Haven, a 20-bed shelter operated by the University of Maryland Medical Center; Sarah’s Hope at Hannah Moore, an 85-bed family shelter operated by St. Vincent de Paul of Baltimore; My Sister’s Place Women’s Center operated by Catholic Charities; and the 275-bed Weinberg Housing and Resource Center, owned by the City of Baltimore and operated by Catholic Charities. Up to date information on the HCH Mobile Clinic whereabouts can be found on its very own Twitter feed: @HCHMobile.

Our community partners are enthusiastic about the lifesaving potential of mobile comprehensive care. “The children we help are often behind on their vaccinations and suffer from conditions like pneumonia, stomach bugs, and rashes,” says Toni Boulware, Director of Sarah’s Hope at Hannah Moore. “We are so pleased that Health Care for the Homeless will be able to meet both the parents’ and the children’s health care needs right here on-site.”

The Mobile Clinic's Maiden Voyage to Mercy Medical Center

The Mobile Clinic’s Maiden Voyage to Mercy Medical Center

On a recent day’s service, our mobile providers saw thirteen medical clients, and eight case management clients. This impressive volume attests to the vast need for the Mobile Clinic by vulnerable individuals who cannot access care elsewhere. And it demonstrates the ability of the clinic to host a large number of clients on a given day.

For additional information on Health Care for the Homeless or the Mobile Clinic Open Houses, please contact Keiren Havens, HCH Chief Strategy Officer, at (443) 703-1310.

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HCH & the Order of Malta Celebrate Our New Mobile Clinic

On Monday, June 30, representatives from the Order of Malta joined us at Health Care for the Homeless to celebrate the arrival of our new Mobile Clinic. Order of Malta members took a tour of the Mobile Clinic guided by HCH President & CEO, Kevin Lindamood. They also heard from Chief Medical Officer Nilesh Kalyanaraman, and Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator Katie League, about the momentous advance in outreach potential that the Mobile Clinic makes possible. Ms. League emphasized the importance of the Mobile Clinic in providing care to vulnerable women and to children, who often face daunting challenges to commuting from shelters to primary care providers.

The Maltese Star Adorns Our New Mobile Clinic

The Maltese Star Adorns Our New Mobile Clinic

The Order of Malta’s involvement has proven invaluable in making this project successful. The Mobile Clinic has been four years in the making, andat times the financial and logistical challenges of building and deploying a state-of-the-art mobile facility have been daunting. We are thankful that a generous $50,000 gift from the Order of Malta helped us finally bring it to fruition.

Our Mobile Clinic offers remote care from a full team of providers including primary medical care (with a family practitioner on board at selected sites), case management, and outreach. Our providers will work to ensure that vulnerable individuals receive vital aspects of care: our nurses and medical assistants can provide care comparable to a primary care facility, and our case managers and outreach workers can place clients on the path to greater stability through access to Medicaid enrollment, public benefits, and much more.

Order of Malta Members Joined with HCH staff to Celebrate the Arrival of the New Mobile Clinic

Order of Malta Members Joined with HCH staff to Celebrate the Arrival of the New Mobile Clinic

Health Care for the Homeless shares many partners with the Order of Malta, including Mobile Clinic sites such as Sarah’s Hope at Hannah More and My Sister’s Place Women’s Shelter. We are glad that we can now deliver full service care to both of these locations, including a Family Nurse Practitioner to attend to the needs of mothers and their children.

With the help of partners such as the Order of Marta, we are doing more than ever to ensure that those in our community who need care receive care, wherever they may be.

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Support Dads Experiencing Homelessness this Father’s Day

As the father of two daughters, I know what hard work it is to be a dad. As CEO of Health Care for the Homeless, I see how much harder it is for dads experiencing homelessness. Make this Father’s Day memorable by helping dads overcome homelessness.

Click here to make your gift of $25 or more. Your donation provides services including mental and medical health care, housing support, and case management to dads working to find a safe place for their families to live.

Let me tell you about one inspiring dad you’ve helped already:

Garry spent much of his life, starting when he was just five years old, being homeless. Thanks to you, Garry received addiction treatment and mental health care

You've helped Garry care for his daughter, Faith

You’ve helped Garry care for his daughter, Faith

here at HCH. He quickly built on this foundation—Garry is now employed and finishing school. Meanwhile, he’s employed as a counselor for those coping with mental health or addiction crises. You helped him to help others.

With your help Garry regained custody of his daughter, Faith. Now they live together in a two-bedroom apartment. She is in the first grade and doing well. Garry is invested in her success. With the help of his HCH patient advocate, Patrisse, Gary is relocating near a school where he knows Faith will thrive.

You stood by Garry and he succeeded. Now join Garry in his work to help other homeless fathers with your gift of $25 or more today.

This Father’s Day, I’ll be thinking of Garry and other dads like him. And I’ll be thinking of what you’ve made possible. Thanks to your compassion, more dads will celebrate this holiday at home with their families.

Donate safely and securely at dad.hchmd.org.

Sincerely,

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Kevin Lindamood

President and CEO

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Associated Press: Affordable Housing Elusive in Baltimore

An Associated Press article, just published in the Washington Post, takes stock of the state of affordable housing in Baltimore and finds that demand far outstrips availability. The article provides an overview of the affordable housing shortage from the point of view of public officials and private developers. It also includes comments from HCH’s own Director of Community Relations, Adam Schneider.

One common refrain: while Baltimore City is proactive in providing incentives to private developers investing in affordable housing, the shortage cannot be overcome as long as the underfunding of affordable housing by governmental agencies persists.

Read the article online HERE.

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Give Today to Make Mother’s Day Perfect!

Celebrate the perfect mother’s day this year.

This is your chance to make the dream of home a reality for a loving mother. Donate safely and securely at mom.hchmd.org

Give $50 or more by tomorrow (5/7) and you can honor a mom in your life with a heartfelt Mother’s Day card – your gift ensures homeless mothers and their children get the care they need to regain health, stability, and a safe place to call home.

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Let me tell you about a mom who needs you by her side:

We first met Whitney at a shelter.  Though she and her young children—Kim, Leo, and Carl—should qualify for subsidized housing, there is nowhere for them to go. Thanks to supportive people, like you, Whitney and her children are getting the help they need to turn their lives around.

Whitney is making the most of our help. Her children receive comprehensive medical care and case management from our nurses and social worker, and we have connected Whitney to resources that will help her succeed as a mother.

She’s already come so far, but today, I need you to stand by Whitney as she works to regain housing. Your support is vital for her family to thrive in spite of their challenging circumstances.

Help moms like Whitney and honor an important mom in your life by making a donation of $50 or more at mom.hchmd.org

Make your gift now to make sure your card reaches your favorite mom(s) in time!

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HCH Spring Art Exhibition

HCH is proud to announce our Spring Art Show, which will take place on May 15 from 5-7pm. 

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We are excited about this Art Exhibition as an opportunity for HCH clients, staff, and supporters to come together with the wider community to admire some incredible artwork created over recent months. The Art Exhibition showcases the talent and imagination of some of our neighbors who have experienced or are currently experiencing homelessness. It also demonstrates that HCH is much more than just a health care clinic: this is a place where people can come together to share their strength and ability toward a common goal of health care and housing for all.

In addition to artwork from HCH clients and from others who have experienced homelessness, the exhibition will feature spoken-word poetry from members of the Faces of Homelessness Speakers’ Bureau.

Art can provide a constructive escape from the everyday world; it also offers a space where we can share our visions of a better world. The works in this exhibition are a powerful reminder that when we provide health and housing we do more than attend to basic human needs: we empower people to benefit others by sharing their imagination and ability.

Special thanks to Lisa Muscato, Sumedha Sinha, and Vanessa Borotz: as our Art Expression Group Facilitators, they have made this creative space, and this exhibition, possible.

Please join us May 15. The Exhibition will last from 5-7pm: light refreshments will be served.

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