AHCH is Thriving and Surviving During the Pandemic Because You Care
You Believe That Homelessness is Inhumane and Unacceptable
You need to know that YOU matter to AHCH. Thank you.
2020 was one of our most challenging years. But, we did not face it alone. You, our friends and supporters, kept us going strong. You made sure that health care and other support and housing services were available during this pandemic as before, which was not easy for anyone. When the hours were beyond imaginable and the needs were seemingly unsurmountable, you responded immediately and fiercely to the needs of people experiencing homelessness.
You gave. You wrote kinds words of encouragement for our staff and showed up for people experiencing homelessness. Thank you for calling us and telling us how essential our work is during this time and sharing and liking our posts on social media. You demonstrated action on your belief that homelessness is unacceptable. Your investment in our mission will have a lasting local impact well into 2021.
You responded to our call-to-action for the Isolation Backpacks that are now helping people who are experiencing homelessness isolate or quarantine on the streets during this public health crisis. Since the very beginning, AHCH has been listening to the voices of clients, responding to their needs, while recognizing their disenfranchisement, and isolation from society.
The AHCH Street Medicine Outreach Program has distributed approximately 250 isolation backpacks to those who are sleeping rough on the street and trying to stay safe during this pandemic. The backpacks include oral hygiene kits, first aid kits, hand sanitizer, an energy bar, hand warmers, rope with a tarp and a foam sleeping roll.
Amidst this public health crisis, you learned how to connect, organize, and deepen relationships with those close to you while social distancing. We saw you working together to fight homelessness and for that we are deeply grateful.
Because of this support, AHCH maintained basic services while also adding to first responder strength as part of the pivotal frontline coordinated response to the pandemic for people living without homes in Albuquerque. And, we mobilized telehealth and street medicine in ways we never imagined. Individuals and families who tested positive for the virus were able to isolate and quarantine in wellness sites around Albuquerque for health and safety reasons followed by housing arrangements to ensure full recovery.
Because you cared, we built community around the needs for affordable housing, an adequate income, and access to healthcare during this public health crisis.
Our mission is to provide caring and comprehensive health and integrated supportive services, linking people experiencing homelessness to individual and collective solutions, and to be a leader in implementing innovative service models and a catalyst for solutions to homelessness and uphold a commitment to diversity and equity.
Together, our work is guided by these and other core values:
▪ Access to care including for chronic and emerging illnesses to save lives.
▪ Ensuring safe, decent, and affordable housing, health care, education, and a living wage and/or adequate income supports will go a long way to ending homelessness.
▪ Challenging oppression based on racism, sexism, classism, gender discrimination and other biases/stereotypes within ourselves and our community and society.
Together we learned new ways and reinforced known ways of making lasting change.
Thank you for your investment in the AHCH mission and for sharing our vision to live in a world that is just and without homelessness.
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