‘Give Before You Get’ Homelessness Initiative at Howard University Hospital

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WASHINGTON – Howard University Hospital participated in The Stafford Foundation’s 2015 “Give Before You Get” Volunteer Day on Dec. 12. The day was filled with gift giving and self-esteem building.

The “Give Before You Get” (GBYG) initiative partners with organizations in and around the D.C. area to provide individuals in the city’s homeless and at-risk populations with the opportunity to take part in the season of giving by lending a helping hand. At Howard University Hospital, dozens of volunteers who obtain services at area homeless shelters presented gifts to hospital patients.

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According to The Stafford Foundation, there are nearly 8,000 homeless persons living in the Washington-metropolitan area. The population includes military veterans suffering from mental illnesses, women and children escaping  abusive partners and people with limited English abilities looking to make a better life.

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For media inquiries, contact Sholnn Freeman, sholnn.freeman@howard.edu.

This post originally appeared on Howard University’s Health Sciences website.