Monday, May 25 marked the start of our virtual gala. This also marked 26 years of The Boulevard providing medical respite to homeless adults throughout the Chicagoland area; and twenty-six years of supporters and friends like you sharing your resources to help our Boulevard residents and alumni thrive and grow on the road to health and stable housing.
Because of your generosity, we raised $184,693 during our virtual event!
This year, we were honored with the Willie J. Mackey National Medical Respite Award by the National Health Care for the Homeless Council. “This award recognizes an organization that has made a profound impact in their community through the delivery or advancement of medical respite care” (NHCHC). We are humbled by the recognition, and hopeful that it will allow us to help even more homeless adults to recover physically and emotionally.
We recognized Stephen Brown, MSW, LCSW, of UI Health Systems, for his work raising awareness for the need to recognize homelessness as a dangerous health condition and to scale the nationally validated Housing First model. Brown was this year’s Community Spirit Award recipient.
Our annual gala is the largest individual giving fund raiser we have each year and the decision to cancel it was made out of concern for our supporters, our staff, and our residents. Instead, we hosted a weeklong event on Facebook that included staff and alumni testimony, words of thanks from board members, and award presentations. The programs we provide include on-site medical care and transportation to specialist appointments like dialysis and chemotherapy. They also include individual and group sessions like art therapy, addiction treatment, and learning job skills.