Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center and CeltiCare Health have received a $100,000 grant from Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Trustees of the George Robert White Fund to launch a veterans’ outreach center. The center will be housed at 895 Blue Hill Ave., a building that currently houses mental and behavioral health services for Harvard Street clients and contains approximately 3,500 square feet of unused space.
The plan for the veterans’ outreach center includes programming and funding partnerships with the City of Boston Veterans’ Services, CeltiCare Health and local veteran service organizations in order to provide greater access to state, local and federal veterans’ benefits, health care services, and health insurance navigation. The veterans’ outreach center will also be used to provide a community meeting space for veteran service organizations as well as community based workforce development training.
“The veterans outreach center concept has been something we have been working on since I joined Harvard Street,” said HSNHC President Charley Murphy. “Veterans deserve nothing but the finest care, and I look forward to partnering with Mayor Walsh, City of Boston Veterans’ Services, CeltiCare Health and veteran service organizations from the Dorchester, Roxbury and Mattapan communities to bring a one-stop community resource center to veterans and their families.”
“This new space will provide a much-needed resource for local veterans and CelitCare Health is proud to be a part of it,” said Jay Gonzalez, president and CEO of CeltiCare Health. “Our company is dedicated to serving veterans and their families by helping them navigate health insurance options and connecting them to quality health care, social services, and, if necessary, substance use disorder treatment. We look forward to working with Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center, the City of Boston and others to make a difference for this population.”
“In Boston, we are committed to providing our veterans with the highest quality of resources and services and I thank Harvard Street Neighborhood Health Center and CeltiCare for their shared commitment in that effort,” said Mayor Walsh. For more information, visit harvardstreet.org.