Community partnership helps sick, homeless woman back on her feet

Community partnership helps sick, homeless woman back on her feet


I lived in Texas for awhile. But I ended up coming out here. Because I left an
abusive boyfriend. I had accomplished
so much out there. You know, I had my own place. I had a car. I had an income. I went from having
everything to having nothing. I slept behind stores, you know. Being diabetic,
it’s hard, you know. I happened to get
really, really sick. I was throwing up. And I couldn’t eat nothing. So I went to the emergency room. The nurses came to discharge me. And they asked me,
you know, the routine you have a safe place to go. And I was telling them
that I was homeless. She was like, well we do have
a program called Interim Care. The Intern Care
program is a program designed to help
homeless individuals who are ready to
leave the hospital, but who don’t have
any place else to go. WellSpace Health,
we have a network of health centers for people
who are low income or uninsured. We have partnered
with Sutter Health to draw people out who are
not urgent from the emergency departments and reorbit them
around real primary care. Sutter Health is a key partner. Without that
partnership, I don’t know where these
individuals would go. Trea came to our programs
absolutely broken. What she needed was
some support from people who did believe in her. Up until the point when I came
here, I felt like I was alone. I didn’t have anybody. Right now, I feel like
they are my family. Because you know,
they care about me. Our program’ about
transformation. And Trea is kind of a perfect
embodiment of transformation. I learned how to take
better care of myself, to take pride in myself. I feel better. I feel more confident. In five or 10 years,
I want to be a nurse. The impact on this community is
tremendous with this program. It’s all positive.

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