Thank you to everyone who joined us for the 2015 Health Care for the Homeless Annual Community Meeting. This year, we gathered for an evening of storytelling about the power of community to create change.
Marking a major milestone – Health Care for the Homeless turns 30 this year – this year’s Community Meeting provided an opportunity to celebrate times over the years when our community has joined together to move us closer to a world without homelessness. And to reignite our commitment to ending homelessness altogether.
Please join the HCH community on THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 5-7PM, for an exhibition of artwork created by our very own Art Expressions Group.
Meet client artists, hear the stories behind their creations and enjoy fellowship with other members of the Health Care for the Homeless and local arts communities.
Twice a week, our clients come together to make art; to talk about the important role art plays in their lives and on their path to health, housing and overall recovery; and to simply be. This show is a reflection of that time together and, if we do say so, a display of exceptional talent, creativity and imagination.
So mark your calendar now…and bring friends and family! We look forward to seeing you here at 421 Fallsway on Thursday, June 18, 5-7PM.
To show your support, visit the Art Exhibition event page at:
This week, the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle joined Health Care for the Homeless for a Gardening Day of Service. BWGC members arrived Thursday morning with gardening tools and an array of flowers to beautify the Fallsway entrance to our clinic.
HCH strives to provide warm, inviting environment for our clients and visitors — the BWGC provided invaluable support by sprucing up our existing planters and adding new planters on our balcony. Our Senior Facilities Manager, Andrew Oliver, also constructed a new wooden planter that was generously filled with flowers by BWGC volunteers.
BWGC filled our large planters with a variety of flowers
HCH provides a respite from the street for children and adults experiencing homelessness, and the BWGC’s efforts help send a message that we want our clients to feel safe and welcomed here.
Of course, the day wasn’t just about gardening. Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle members had lunch and a conversation with members of the Faces of Homelessness Speakers Bureau. Speakers Bureau members shared their experience of homelessness, and helped the volunteers gain a better understanding of the day-to-day challenges faced by people working to overcome homelessness.
BWGC volunteers also took a tour of the HCH clinic, and provided our staff with bagged lunches to offer to clients in need of a healthy meal.
Health Care for the Homeless enjoyed hosting the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle for this memorable day of service, and we look forward to enjoying the results of their work for months to come.
We hope you enjoy the below gallery of pictures of our volunteers hard at work.
Yesterday, April 22nd, Health Care for the Homeless was proud to accept the 2015 William Donald Schaefer Helping People Award. Presented to President & CEO Kevin Lindamood by Maryland Comptroller Peter Franchot, the Helping People Award honors organizations including those that directly aid the most vulnerable, and how build public/private partnerships to improve the lives of fellow Marylanders.
Comptroller Franchot created the award in 2012, to honor the legacy of public service exemplified by former Governor, Comptroller and Baltimore City Mayor William Donald Schaefer.
The longstanding relationship between Governor Schaefer and Health Care for the Homeless makes this recognition of our work all the more meaningful.
Thank you to our 2nd annual Free Market partners: Constellation Energy and Venable LLP. For one day, these partners transformed the HCH garage. They stocked it with food, clothing, hygiene kits, and more supplies that are vitally important for daily life.
Constellation Energy volunteers staffed the event. The volunteers welcomed about two hundred people experiencing homelessness and provided them with whatever supplies they needed.
Constellation and Venable support HCH year-round, by funding important services that help people regain health and stability and overcome homelessness for good. At this year’s day of service volunteers made an immediate difference, by providing items that are all too hard to come by on the street or in shelters.
The “Free Market” is quickly becoming a memorable tradition for the extended HCH community. We look forward to next year’s Day of Service with our compassionate partners.
Congratulations to Copper Kitchen, the Outstanding Vendor award-winner for best hors d’oeuvre at the 2015 HCH Chocolate Affair.
At this year’s event, the Copper Kitchen team delighted guests with braised duck leg and raw cocoa mole sauce with Peruvian purple potatoes.
Kevin Miller, Jennifer DeVos, Gina Clay, and Michaela Taller visited HCH today to accept their award and take a tour of our clinic.
In addition to serving as a vendor at Chocolate, Kevin, Jen and their team provide breakfasts at a family shelter in Baltimore.
Although this is Copper Kitchen’s first time at the Chocolate Affair, pastry chef Kevin Miller has been involved with the event for many years. He describes Chocolate as a “wonderful event” for a “great cause.”
Find out more about Copper Kitchen at their website.
By all measures, the 2015 Health Care for the Homeless Chocolate Affair was a rousing success. The room was full of warmth and high spirits. The chocolate was fabulous. The generosity was awe-inspiring. The dance floor overflowed.
Genuine, compassionate, revolutionary and dedicated. This is what our friends in the evening’s video call our community; and these came across loud and clear at Chocolate.
Genuine. While we were together for just a few hours, we were bound by a deep commitment to making our community a safer, healthier, better place for all of our neighbors. As many have said since Saturday night: We were 900+ strong, yet the evening felt intimate.
Compassionate. During the evening’s program, several Baltimore families posed a challenge to Chocolate guests to mark the 30th anniversary of Health Care for the Homeless: If, and only if, we raised $50,000 during the Fund-A-Need auction, they would match it with another $50,000.
But our guests didn’t stop at $50,000. They gave $113,000: more than twice the challenge amount. All told, Chocolate raised $450,000, which is more than any other year in the event’s history. What an amazing tribute to our shared commitment to ending homelessness and saving lives.
Revolutionary. As a result of your generosity, this year we will provide more dental care, more “home visits” and more tangible assistance to more people in a more holistic manner than ever before in our history. Our collective voice will be louder and stronger in the halls of government. And we will build on our partnerships with universities and research institutions to strengthen and demonstrate the impact of our work.
Dedicated. As Dr. Breakey said when he issued the 30th Anniversary Challenge to you: Chocolate is one night, but the work of Health Care for the Homeless never stops. So now, continue your involvement in the work to end homelessness.
What’s the Next Step?
Join 400+ community members at Homeless Persons’ Lobby Day in Annapolis on Thursday, February 26. Rally in support of legislation and budget decisions that address the needs of the most vulnerable and least advantaged of our neighbors. This day is so critical for Health Care for the Homeless that we close our offices and drive down to Annapolis together. Together with clients and advocates, we meet with legislators and attend key hearings. We show—in force of numbers and spirit—our commitment to making sure all of our neighbors have a place to call home. Join us for the full day or part of the day! Email Adam Schneider or Vanessa Borotz for the day’s schedule, bus details and briefing sheets. Absolutely no experience required.
Many thanks to our2015 Chocolate Affair guests, sponsors, vendors and volunteers for making this year’s event a rousing success.
On Saturday, Feb. 7, nearly 1,000 Health Care for the Homeless supporters gathered at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront for a festive evening of fundraising, and a rare spread of chocolate-inspired delicacies created by Baltimore’s top chefs.Theircollective generosity and presence on this one evening will go a long way to advancing our efforts to save lives and make sure all our neighbors have a place to call home.
We shared this video with our Chocolate Affair guests this year, offering a glimpse into the breadth, commitment and extraordinary spirit of the Health Care for the Homeless community—the people who make our work possible.
Funds raised through Chocolate Affair sponsorships and ticket purchases, and during our live Fund-A-Need auction, provide vital support for the work of the organization over the course of the year.
At Health Care for the Homeless, 170 staff members work daily to prevent and end homelessness. In 2014, these dedicated professionals provided 9,000 children and adults with medical and dental care, therapy and addictions counseling, transportation and housing support—25% more people than in 2013. Additionally, we are passionate advocates, advancing policies that support affordable housing, comprehensive health care and livable incomes for all.
With partners like you, Health Care for the Homeless will meet the needs of a growing number of neighbors without homes. Together, we will serve more people and serve them better.
Reporter Katrina Bush spent time with one Health Care for the Homeless client, Sharon Niles, who became homeless in 2011. Fortunately Niles and her children have recently overcome homelessness, but the frustration of experiencing homelessness remains all too vividly in her mind: “I was going through a period in my life that I would never want my enemy to go through because it was so rough for me because it was so bad to know that my kids cry at me and say ‘Mommy, we need to get out of this shelter, what are you doing to get us out of here?’ I said baby, I’m trying everything I can. I’m fighting everyday to get us a place. And my kids say ‘Mommy, you’re not fighting hard enough.'” With help from Health Care for the Homeless Ms. Niles’s children emerged from homelessness with good health, and she is optimistic that the family will stay housed.
Bush also spoke with the Director of HCH’s Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic, Lisa Stambolis, and Director of Community Relations Adam Schneider. Stambolis and Schneider both emphasized that homelessness will continue until we address its root cause: poverty. As Stambolis put it, “Preventing homelessness, means that we have people who can have good jobs and affordable housing. We’re never going to fix the problem unless those two things happen.”
Sadly, child homelessness in the United States is at a historic high. But working together, our community has the capability to bring an end to this epidemic.
Health Care for the Homeless thanks WMAR and Ms. Bush for bringing attention to the urgent problem of child homelessness.The full story and accompanying video feature are available here.
Every year, on the first night of winter and the longest night of the year, communities across the country gather to honor the lives of community members who experienced homelessness and passed away during the course of the last year. In Baltimore, National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day is hosted by members of Baltimore’s Stop Homelessness And Reduce Poverty (SHARP) Coalition, the Coalition for Homeless Children and Families, and the Baltimore Homeless Youth Initiative (BHYI), and takes place Sunday, Dec. 21, at 5 p.m. at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater. Please join in this commemoration. Please also tune in to the Marc Steiner Show for a conversation on National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, Friday, Dec. 20, 10:30-11:30 a.m.