Hillcrest Transitional Housing Services Homeless Adults and Children
October 5, 2016
Photo courtesy of Hillcrest Transitional Housing.
Shown here, the Foreman family represent one of the many families who have successfully graduated from the Hillcrest Transitional Housing program in Lee’s Summit.
By Robin Blakely
Greater Lee’s Summit Healthcare Foundation partners with local organizations who are making a positive—and healthy—impact on the local community. This year, Hillcrest Transitional Housing was one of 12 nonprofits to receive funding. Hillcrest was awarded $5,000 to support health/wellness checkups for homeless individuals who are being mentored back to financial security.
Becky Poitras, Director of Resource Development at Hillcrest Transitional Housing, says, “The GLSHF grant has made a tremendous impact on the lives of the homeless children and adults served by our program.”
The majority of individuals served at Hillcrest are uninsured, entering the program with immediate medical, dental, and health needs.
Becky says, “Funds from GLSHF have proven an effective tool in helping homeless families get immediate health assistance, from well-child visits to prescriptions to life-saving interventions. We are so thankful to GLSHF for their generosity and commitment to making a positive impact on the health and wellness of the homeless served by Hillcrest Transitional Housing in Lee's Summit.”
Funding and proper support can make a life-changing difference for Hillcrest clients.
According to Lu Ann Ross, Hillcrest Transitional Housing Case Manager, funding can stop a cycle of spiraling downward like it did recently for a special mother and her baby. Lu Ann says, “Abby and her 1-year old son came to Hillcrest after leaving a very dangerous and life-threatening living arrangement. Abby was in very poor health. She was battling severe anxiety, depression and sleeplessness, not to mention a very poor diet and high blood sugar. Her health was affecting not only her work habits, but she felt as if she lacked the patience needed to be the Mom she wanted to be.”
The more stress, the more complicated the situation became. Although Abby was employed at a local restaurant, she did not have health insurance nor enough cash to pay for the medical care that she needed for herself. Hillcrest, with GLSHF grant funds, paid for her to visit her physician and obtain refills for her much-needed prescriptions.
Lu Ann says, “Abby felt better in a matter of days. With the continuing help of Hillcrest and once again being under a doctor’s care, she excelled. Abby and her son are now in their own apartment where she is managing her health, finances, and being the rested, engaged Mom she wanted to be for her son.”
In 2016, GLSHF distributed $74,500 in grant funds to 12 local nonprofits to support health and well-being in the Lee’s Summit area. The Grant Cycle for new applications is open now for local nonprofits with health-focused programs to apply for funding. The deadline to apply is October 31, 2016. Awardees will be announced in January 2017. For details, visit the GLSHF website at http://www.lshealthcare.org/grant-resources/