“We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” Dr. Loretta Scott
This is the time of year when we give thanks for what and who we have in our lives, brighten the holidays for others with thoughtful gifts, and maybe pick up a little something for ourselves during a fantastic sale. And maybe now you are thinking about how you can make the holiday better for a stranger in need as well.
Here at Health Care Center for the Homeless. Inc. (HCCH), we see community members in need all year long. Many don’t have much to look forward to at the holidays, especially if they are far away from those they love. What we can do is give them a brighter future through better health.
If you were wondering about the different ways your financial gift can help our patients, here are some ideas:
$50 can provide a month-long Lynx pass for one of our Permanent Supportive Housing clients. Until recently, these clients were chronically homeless. Some have spent years, if not decades, on the streets or in the woods of Central Florida. Now their time of isolation and hopelessness has ended and they have a small apartment to call home. This gift can help provide transportation for medical appointments, job training opportunities, volunteering to earn shopping points, employment interviews, and peer support events to help improve socialization skills. This gift can make the world a little bit bigger for them.
$65 can provide an uninsured woman with a screening mammogram. We encounter new female patients who have not seen a health provider for years. They have not received certain tests that their age and/or gender would dictate they need. Imagine living with a family history of breast cancer and not knowing your own status because you can’t afford a screening. You can give them peace of mind in knowing they don’t have cancer. Or you are giving them a chance to address their cancer it if that is the outcome.
$75 can provide a dental sealant exam for a first or second grade student through our mobile dental unit. Services are provided right on Title 1 school campuses, with a focus on those with the highest enrollment in the free or reduced lunch program. Students don’t miss school and parents don’t miss work and needed care is received. And a foundation of good oral health habits is built. We aren’t completely healthy if we are not addressing our dental needs along with our physical and mental health needs. It is all part of the big picture at HCCH.
$200 can provide a full or partial denture arch for one of our homeless patients. $400 can provide a full set of dentures. Can you think of any better reason for someone to smile than to have a beautiful new smile to show off? What an amazing gift for the holidays. And it is a gift that will keep on giving with better nutrition (since they are better able to chew their food), improved self-esteem, and increased employability. I remember one client who was excited that he would be able to enjoy corn-on-the-cob again, his favorite food.
$500 can provide our services for a patient for a whole year. Yes – that is the average cost of care for a patient within our Orange Blossom Family Health location over one year. Some patients need more care, others require less. But they all need your help.
Please don’t ever think you can’t make a difference. You may not be able to make a large gift, but your support in any amount touches someone’s life. Your gift, along with all the others, changes lives. It helps to save lives.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to learn more about what we do. Come for a visit and see firsthand what your support is doing or can do. Call me at (407) 428-5751 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to tell you more about what we do or answer any questions you might have.
We hope you will choose to give today so that our patients will have a healthier tomorrow.
“No act of kindness, however small, is ever wasted.” Aesop