Silver Knights Baseball Team Hosts Program to Support Harbor Care Clinic

On 08/16/2011

Harbor Homes and the Silver Knights Team up to Help the Homeless

In an effort to help give back to the community, the Silver Knights baseball team provided a special autographed prize pack to all attendees of the July 29th game that brought in new adult men or women’s white socks. The socks were donated to Harbor Care Clinic, the health care for the homeless center operated by Harbor Homes for adults experiencing homelessness in the Greater Nashua community. Harbor Care Clinic (HCC) was developed to serve the unique health care and human service needs of adults experiencing homelessness in Nashua and the eight surrounding cities and towns. As a federally qualified community health center (FQHC), HCC provides primary, preventive, behavioral and supportive health services without regard to ability to pay for services. The Clinic opened in late June 2009. Since then more than 538 people have received 2,200 medical and behavioral health visits and more than 1,300 case management and support service visits. About 94% of individuals served by HCC do not have any health insurance. All live below the federal poverty line.

The Silver Knights play in the newly formed Futures Collegiate Baseball League of New England. The sock promotion serves as a simple way fans of the Silver Knights can help those less fortunate in the region.
Homeless individuals are often unable to access shoes and socks. Rain-soaked feet, ill-fitting shoes, constant standing and diseases like diabetes take a toll on their feet. Every day, HCC’s staff treat a huge range of foot ailments – many which can be prevented by keeping feet clean and dry. A supply of new white socks can make a huge impact on individuals that spend their days, and often nights, outdoors.

Clinics such as Harbor Care Clinic provide a critical service in the community. The successful delivery of health and human services is often the result of a quality relationship between provider and client. This is especially true when working with people experiencing homelessness. HCC offers a welcoming, low-barrier, non-judgmental environment in which health and human services are provided. The clinic provides an integrated and interdisciplinary care team of clinical and non-clinical staff working together to ensure comprehensive coordination of services. The clients served are varied in the cause of their homelessness. Many are rooted in societal factors including a lack of affordable housing, broken health care systems, violence in home and communities, and poverty, as well as in personal vulnerabilities such as mental illness, addiction, and lack of social support. But the diversity of people without homes defies these generic explanations. They are community members with the same needs, hopes and dreams as the rest of us.

Harbor Care Clinic (821-7788) is operated by Harbor Homes and is located at 45 High Street. To learn more about the Clinic, or to make a donation to help provide care for the homeless, phone 882-3616 or visit our website at www.harborhomes.org.

Harbor Homes is the largest of six non-profit agencies making up the Partnership for Successful Living. All six agencies work together to provide resources and opportunities for many of the most vulnerable individuals in the community.



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