Homeless New Yorkers: Honored at Lutheran's Memorial Service
Lutheran Family Health Centers' (LFHC) Community Medicine Program (CMP), in collaboration with the New York City Providers of Homeless Health Care and the National Health Care for the Homeless Council, hosted its 11th annual interfaith service in honor of National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day. Speakers were Larry McReynolds, president of Lutheran Family Health Centers, and Bobby Watts, executive director of Care for the Homeless. Rev. Don Stiger, Lutheran HealthCare's SVP, Mission and Spiritual Care, gave a homily.
The service commemorated the lives of individuals from around New York City who died homeless, but not forgotten, over the previous year. The CMP staff and other homeless services providers offered music, prayers, songs and stories. Special mention was also offered to the late Philip W. Brickner, M.D., the father of the national Healthcare for the Homeless program. National Homeless Persons' Memorial Day is officially observed on December 21, the longest and often coldest day of the year.
Photographed from left to right: Rev. Don Stiger, Lutheran HealthCare's SVP, Mission and Spiritual Care; Bobby Watts, executive director of Care for the Homeless; Barbara Conanan, director, LFHC Community Medicine Program; Aaron Felder, SVP, assistant vice president of LFHC Special Populations; and, Mira Batra, M.D., LFHC Community Medicine Program.
The Lutheran Family Health Centers (LFHC), based in Sunset Park, is a federally qualified community-based ambulatory health care system affiliated with Lutheran HealthCare. LFHC is recognized by the National Committee for Quality Assurance as a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home. Governed by the Lutheran Family Health Centers' Board of Trustees, LFHC is one of the largest health center networks in the country serving as southwest Brooklyn's medical home for more than 45 years. With nine full-time community health centers, 29 school-based health centers and community programs, including three WIC programs, adult and family literacy programs, three child care centers and a family wellness center, the network is the primary medical provider for more than 100,000 people providing nearly 700,000 patient visits per year. Learn more at www.LutheranFamilyHealthCenters.org and visit http://bit.ly/LHCsocial for nine ways to connect with Lutheran on social media.