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Provider Profile Vol. 2 | Vladimir Taub, NP

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A Partner in Health
Thursday, January 17th was a frigid day. It bore the type cold that sneaks its way through all the nooks and crannies of your jacket and latches on tight, like gum to the bottom of your shoe. Immediately, you’re desperately rubbing your gloved hands together and pressing them to the sides of your head to keep your ears from going numb. On a day when the peak temperature was only 25 degrees, before the wind chill, you’d assume that most people would just stay in and do their best to keep warm.
Unfortunately, not everybody has that luxury. Outside the Salvation Army Jamaica Citadel Community Center in Queens, NY, people lined the street as they waited for the food pantry to open. And even though the site didn’t open until 11 a.m., dozens braved the cold at as early as 9 to claim their spots.
Despite the presence of warm jackets, hats, and gloves, the symptoms of cold, perhaps the flu, such as coughs, sneezes, and obvious flu/cold symptoms were clearly audible through…

Let's Keep People in their Homes | Here's How You can Help

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Home Stability Support (HSS)
Assembly member Andrew Hevesi is continuing his fight in Albany to pass the Home Stability Support (HSS) Legislation, something that he spoke about at our 2018 Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day. Care for the Homeless and our client leaders, have been advocating for this legislation to raise the housing subsidy available to New Yorkers receiving public assistance up to 85% of the average fair market rent established by the federal Department of Urban Development (HUD), for a community based on family size. 
HSS is a statewide rent supplement for families and individuals who are eligible for public assistance benefits as well as for those facing eviction, homelessness, or loss of housing due to domestic violence or hazardous living conditions.


There are currently 171,000 households in New York receiving the public assistance “shelter allowance”, but the allowance has not kept up with rising rents. Prior to 1975, the rents of households on public assistance were el…

Provider Profile Vol. 1 | Dr. Nickisha Berlus

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Right at HomeBrooklyn native Dr. Nickisha Berlus began her career as a provider with Care For the Homeless (CFH) on November 5th, 2018. Since then, she’s been practicing at CFH’s Health Center at the Bushwick Family Residence in Brooklyn, NY. There she serves families and children who are mostly under-insured or uninsured.
As much as she loves serving her community, family medical care wasn’t always Dr. Berlus’ first choice. “I initially went into medicine to go into surgery,” Dr. Berlus reminisced, “but when I was at Robert Wood Johnson in Camden, NJ, I did the Hot Clinic Health Outreach program.”
The program was designed for medical students to follow patients who were similarly under-insured or uninsured, to the various emergency rooms1 and specialty clinicsthey would frequent.


Dr. Berlus commented, “It was my patient at the Hot Clinic that deterred my original professional route. I was in my 4th year of school, she was in her mid-50s, and had been jumping from ER to ER with classic s…

Donor Dossier Vol. 1 | Memory Lane's Forget-Me-Nots

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Small Town, Big Heart
Sixty-five miles north of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania lies the small town of Rimersburg. Settled in 1829 and incorporated in 1853, the town is home to just a little under 900 residents.
Small numbers haven’t prevented its population from making big, charitable impacts. Clarion County, where Rimersburg is located, hosts an annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s. This past year, the 20 teams and 147 participants managed to raise over $27,000 for their cause. Right at the top of the list of donors was Memory Lane’s Forget-Me-Nots, who raised nearly $4,000 of the total. The team is made up of captain Tina Flick and seven other members. 
The biggest portion of that amazing total is raised in New York City. Flick and her team have been making the journey here for the past two years. This is a big feat in and of itself, as Rimersburg is over 330 miles from the Big Apple. That’s right around 5 hours of driving and (for those wondering) 37 hours of biking. 

While fundraising for their 2…

Help Us Promote Cervical Health!

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January is Cervical Health Awareness Month. Every year, more than 11,000 women in the United States are diagnosed with cervical cancer. With regular screenings and follow-up care though, the disease can often be prevented.
However, while such a health measure is a priority for some, the same cannot always be said for women who are unstably housed or experiencing homelessness. When an individual is experiencing food and housing insecurity, those elements take precedence.
So, as a thank you for participating in this essential preventative health exam, patients receiving pap smears can choose either a pocketbook or jewelry from the donations we collect.
Care For the Homeless is currently accepting gently used to new pocketbooks and jewelry. Donations can be brought to our 33rd Street offices or to Susan’s Place in the Bronx.
January 23rd is the final day to make your donation, so don’t wait! Join us in the support and promotion of cervical health!
Please contact Ilkia Solano (isolano@cfhnyc.o…