Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless First Day of Summer Campaign 2020

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Photos by Jim Thompson, Albuquerque Journal


Until there is an end to homelessness… until all people, regardless of housing, receive the health care they need… there is Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless, even — and especially — during a pandemic.

For Jodi, this was so much more than a place to receive health care. We showed Jodi a way forward.

Referred to us by a transitional housing program, our doctors, nurses and dental specialists helped Jodi address her mental, medical and dental health issues. But that’s not where the relationship ended. Jodi says the “kind and compassionate care” made her feel “like a person.”

We hear that a lot. Homelessness does not equate to a lack of personhood, but for those on the streets, it can feel that way.

Feedback like Jodi’s makes all the hard work to keep a nonprofit health organization like ours going so very worth-it.

When clients like Jodi turn around and tell us that they want to pay their care forward — that’s especially rewarding.
“I am now in school,” Jodi reports, “to help others like me.”

As you can imagine, the COVID-19 pandemic has made the public health crisis of homelessness that much more difficult.

These uncertain times are perhaps one of the most startling reminders of what we were built to do hereWe must remain committed. We cannot waiver from delivering care to the community we serve…and we need your help to do it.

So, we ask you, if you can, to make donating something you can be very proud of. You can help our clients, so that their homelessness can be addressed, like you did for Jodi…so they don’t have to suffer on the streets this Summer — of all Summers. Won’t you join us as a donor and friend with a gift to AHCH today. Your summer gift will be matched by a matching grant from Western Sky Community Care, up to $2,500.

Thanks to generous donors like you, last year our staff touched the lives of 7,000 women, men and children experiencing homelessness through medical, dental, behavioral health, and outreach services. Your help provided access to health care and housing…an end to homelessness — and hopelessness — for someone like Jodi.

And Jodi is far from alone. Normally, some 100 people a day fill our facilities — more in Summer, when many shelters close — seeking physical, behavioral, and social care that addresses the health-related consequences of homelessness. This Summer, as the pandemic continues, we expect that number to rise — along with the costs to meet our clients’ needs. Because they can’t come to us, we have to go to them.

In response to the pandemic, we’ve ramped up our telehealth services, recently implemented to provide for mental and behavioral health needs — particularly effective during this time of social crisis.

We’ve provided special personal protective equipment and hired additional staff to deliver essential services to our clients, often particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

Our staff have logged many additional hours coordinating relief efforts with the City and the state Department of Health; and secured hotel vouchers for overflow from one of our largest shelters for those needing to quarantine to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Your donation today means increased access to free quality care, better social supports, an immediate path from street to housing, and hope where there was no hope before.

Because of you we can expand our outreach efforts and deliver medicine to people who can’t make it to the clinic. With your help, we can expand treatment for substance use disorders. None of these issues go away during a pandemic. They’re often worsened!

Your gift to Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless has an immediate impact and allows us to expand our work in the community. But our work isn’t done yet. Especially in the heat of Summer, the need is tremendous.

Will you help people like Jodi find a path forward with our help? Will you give them hope? Thank you so much for your continued support.

Albuquerque Health Care for the Homeless PS: You can help those without a social or economic safety net find a home, health, and new possibilities. Please make your donation today. There’s never been a Summer we needed your help more. Thank you! *Name changed in the interest of privacy
Cover photo: AHCH Physician Sam Tri provided medical services at a local park. People sitting in the park were observing public health mandates by maintaining social distance proximity from each other. "


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