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Supporting a Lifeline for the Homeless

Supporting a Lifeline for the Homeless

 

Jane Brosnan, Liberty Bank Foundation, presents a $5,000 grant check to Louis Gilbert, executive director, ImmaCare. The grant supports ImmaCare’s mobile outreach program, which focuses on Hartford’s most vulnerable homeless: those living in places not meant for human habitation – in parks, by railroad tracks, next to the river, in abandoned buildings, and under bridges – and who in many cases have accompanying chronic health conditions. Currently, there are approximately 300 homeless people in the Hartford metro area who, without this lifeline, would not have access to basic necessities or referrals to services. Five days a week, the ImmaCare mobile outreach van travels the streets of Hartford regardless of the weather and is driven by a Hartford native who knows where homeless individuals living outdoors tend to congregate. The initial goal is to build trust among this population to help achieve the long-term goal of getting them to shelter. To assist with immediate needs, the van also delivers survival necessities (not otherwise provided by anyone), including food, clothing, sleeping bags, blankets, and toiletries.

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