Nightingale Health Sanctuary (NHS) is a group of individuals organized for the purpose of establishing and operating a self-governed village-style community focused on health and wellness, providing a safe and supportive community for people who are unhoused. It will be accessible and inclusive in recognition that 40% of unhoused have disabilities.
Once a sanctuary is established NHS intends to offer the larger unhoused community:
- a health clinic operating at least twice a week;
- a guest program offering people in the neighborhood who are unhoused a safe place to sleep; and
- a resource and information center assisting people to connect with community resources.
Additionally, NHS intends to offer classes and activities to support health and wellness such as:
- cooking and nutrition classes;
- peer-to-peer mediation;
- peer-to-peer coaching;
- communication training’
- music and art activities; and
- self-care skills training designed to enhance overall health management of pain and stress.
The NHS project is a response to the unmet needs of people who are unhoused in our community. Many unhoused people have no safe, legal place to sleep and are forced to hide under bridges and bushes in unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Our entire community is negatively impacted when people do not have access to restroom facilities, legal places to sleep, or secure places to put their belongings.
NHS will establish a self-governed, village-style, community which will focus on health and wellness, providing a safe place for people who are unsheltered, including those with disabilities. In community residents will support and assist each other to the best of their abilities, with the support of the larger community.
When the project is complete there will be 30 units for residents, an on-site health clinic two days a week, an overnight guest program hosting the neighborhood’s unhoused providing a supervised group sleeping area and breakfast as well as a resource connection time in the morning. Activities to support health and wellness will be offered. In partnership with the neighborhood, NHS seeks to create a Neighborhood Rapid Response Team which will assist with issues arising from homelessness in the neighborhood.
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