A Message from the Executive Director
Our journey continues no matter what challenges come our way. Understandably, the current COVID-19 pandemic has had a major impact on the way we provide care and support. During these frightening times we have a three-pronged purpose: to protect and reassure our nursing home and hospice patients; keep our day clients on track with their medication and calm their fears; and continue to protect our community.
As many of you already know, a majority of our day clients receive daily medical support for HIV and struggle with mental health issues. Thankfully, throughout this crisis, they have remained remarkably healthy. Our competent and compassionate nurses, counselors, team members and volunteers continue to inspire in the way they welcome and support each person with love and acceptance, something many don’t experience away from Bailey-Boushay House.
Our low barrier emergency shelter has been in service for almost two years now and is making a big difference in people’s lives. Guests sleep on freshly made beds after eating a hot meal, without worry that their possessions will be stolen or that they will be assaulted or disrespected. When you are rested and fed you are more likely to see the world as a hopeful place where, with work and support, the idea of living in your own home is not forever out of reach.
The number of daily services we offer, including free socks, haircuts, laundry facilities and takeaway lunches continues to grow. We’re thankful for the continued support of the growing number of partnerships with neighborhood groups and state service organizations that help make what we do possible.
In closing, I want to invite you to learn more about our work, our volunteer opportunities and to consider supporting a project that will enrich lives in ways you can’t imagine. I also extend special thanks to our community and to those of you who faithfully donate and volunteer.