We invite you to support the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program’s (BHCHP) “Lawyers, Bring Us Your Briefs!” campaign, an underwear briefs donation drive that helps deliver a daily essential to homeless men and women in Greater Boston. HLS Human Resources and the Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs (OCP) have both graciously agreed to host a bin for donations in their respective offices. To donate, please bring in new packages of men’s or women’s underwear (adult sizes only) and place them in one of the donation bins between now and June 15th.
What is BHCHP?
BHCHP focuses on providing healthcare services to homeless men and women in the community by traveling to them—including doctor’s visits on the street and under bridges. BHCHP provides care to over 12,000 homeless men, women, and children each year. BHCHP ensures that our most vulnerable community members have access to comprehensive health care, from preventative dental care to cancer treatment. Their programs are innovative, including a new drop-in program called SPOT that provides support and medical monitoring for individuals over-sedated from substance use, as well as a day program for women who are in domestic violence shelters and need a safe place to go during daytime hours. Learn more info about BHCHP’s services and programs (PDF).
Why a briefs drive?
Many people who donate goods to organizations that support homeless people prioritize items such as winter coats, first-aid kits, or food supplies. While these are all important, underwear is a crucial part of everyday clothing that is greatly needed and often overlooked. New underwear gives the gift of confidence as these men and women strive to overcome other challenges in their lives.
How can I participate?
From now through June 15th, you will see a donation bin just inside the office door at OCP and HR. Please bring in new packages of men’s or women’s underwear (adult sizes only) and place them in the bins.
At the end of the drive, I will bring the bins to BHCHP to “file our briefs” and ensure that they reach the men and women who are in need. I can also arrange for a tour of BHCHP’s facilities at their Albany Street location downtown—including their respite facility for homeless people recuperating from medical treatment who are too ill for life in shelters but not sick enough to occupy a costly acute care hospital bed—if folks are interested in learning more about BHCHP’s services firsthand.
If you have any questions or want to be more involved, please contact Betsy Gwin at HLS Legal Services Center. Also, feel free to spread the word about the drive to other colleagues, friends and neighbors. Thank you in advance for your participation and support.