Breaking through barriers 

The health system can be daunting to all of us.

To help break down barriers to health services for women participating in On The Rise, a health clinic is provided weekly within the Safe Haven. Nurses from Healthcare for the Homeless provide low-threshold assessments and referrals to vital community resources  Our goals are to:

  • Be a friendly first point of access for women whose health challenges are at the crux of their current situation, but they are fearful of reaching out for help or have been traumatized by previous experiences.

  • Provide appropriate care and consultation to women whose health problems do not immediately require accessing the larger system (e.g. they do not need to go to the emergency room).

  • Provide women with educational conversations and workshops on health issues within the Safe Haven.

  • Connect and support women accessing benefits, services, and preventative care.