Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
“Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter when you see the naked to cover him and not to hide yourself from your own flesh ?” (Is 58:7)
“What is a poor wanderer? The word really means ‘a stranger.’ A poor wanderer, according to the Hebrew commentaries, was an alien, a person from another country who had come into your country with virtually nothing—a refugee. But notice the synonym at the end of the sentence. In this culture, where family meant everything, you were to treat the wanderer as if he were your own flesh and blood. God gives the stranger the status of family.”
Who We Serve
Since 1985, BHCHP mission has remained the same: to provide or assure access to the highest quality health care for all homeless individuals and families in the greater Boston area.
- Vulnerable patients are kept alive and get help managing chronic diseases like diabetes, hypertension and cancer.
- Dedicated clinical and non-clinical staff share their passion for a vibrant mission and support each other in bringing the mission alive.
- Boston’s many hospitals can depend on BHCHP as an alternative to the emergency room as well as a safe discharge location for medically vulnerable patients.
How You Can Help
- create your own care package to be dropped off at PSC
- purchase items to be added to care packages to be made monthly at PSC
- write a note of encouragement
I’ve seen God at work through the BHCHP COVID-19 Response team from the beginning of the pandemic, using this group’s creativity and compassion to meet our most vulnerable neighbors’ needs and to come alongside BHCHP as it tirelessly serves them. As a PM, I’m excited to help discern how we use the resources, time, and abilities God has blessed us with to empower Boston’s COVID-19 response and recovery with the active love of Christ.
What excites me about this project is that it is an opportunity to engage with our poor, needy, and oppressed brothers and sisters. Jesus has a deeply compassionate heart which longs to love and serve the less fortunate in this world. This project is an opportunity to experience God’s love for us by sharing His abundant and unconditional love with an often marginalized population.
Weekly Updates July 27-31
- This week we have been emailing with BHCHP leaders about new ways to support their efforts. Specifically, we are exploring opportunities to engage in-person with the program participants.
We’re also looking into collaborations with established PSC groups that serve the homeless community at other touchpoints to expand our capacity to serve BHCHP.
- Our group is in the process of building and delivering care packages to the program. We have built a Google doc which invites people to support our effort in three ways.
- You can find that google doc here.
- For the homeless population to find adequate daily shelter and provision while many public facilities are closed.
- For the program volunteers to remain energetic and encouraged as they serve the homeless population.
- Please also pray that volunteers remain safe as they serve a population which is at an increased risk of COVID-19 with many individuals not being tested.
- For our team as we start learning about engaging with the program participants that God would bless those interactions and that we would get the opportunity to build strong, positive relationships with our homeless neighbors.
- For our team to have increased success in its fundraising efforts.
- Ruthie will be transitioning out of her role as one of the team leaders to focus on transitioning into a career as a full time missionary. Please pray for guidance and wisdom as she navigates this transition.
- Scott is entering his 5th of 8 total chemotherapy treatments. Please pray for his continued strength and dependence on the Lord. Please also pray for the healing of his body.
- Kelsey will be stepping in as Scott’s co-project manager. Prayers for wisdom for both Kelsey and Scott as they collaborate to serve our team and BHCHP.
by Jennifer Powell Scott Forest was just a few weeks into his role as a project manager for one of Park Street’s Covid-19 Rapid Response Teams when he was diagnosed with colon cancer. Although faced with months of treatment that would alter his days and sap his...
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theme July 24
“Keeping in Step with the Spirit”
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