Left to Right: Mary Clare Campion Program Coordinator, Carissa Romano Physician Assistant, Lynette, Yvette Bosier Program Manager
This past July, Lynette was living in a woman’s homeless shelter. She had lost her job and her home following the progressive worsening of end-stage renal disease.
That’s when Federation’s Nursing Home Diversion Supportive Housing Program staff stepped in. They recognized the gravity of Lynette’s situation as she dealt not only with the emotional and physical displacement of being homeless, but with the additional challenge of maintaining a strict dialysis schedule and special diet.
Responding quickly, the program staff did everything they could to find Lynette a place to live. By October, Federation staff had placed Lynette in an apartment near her children, transportation, services, and her doctors. In her own words, here is an excerpt from Lynette’s email to Federation:
“The apartment is beautiful. I have difficulty getting around at times, so the fact that I have so many stores and buses nearby is a Godsend. I feel so much more at ease, safe and human again – for the first time in a long time. There’s a lot to be said for having peace of mind! Everyone from yourself, the Program Manager Yvette Boisnier, my social worker Mary Clare, Daniel my case worker, to the nurses have all treated me with dignity and respect and have been wonderfully kind and accommodating. This means the world to me. . . . I worked hard my entire life, but once I became ill and could no longer work my world was turned upside down. So thank you for restoring my dignity.”