Updated: Nov 22
In the heart of Denver STRIDE Community Health Center's CEO, Santos Vera, recently made the Denverite after a quiet, yet extraordinary act of compassion. In a city where the need is significant, especially for those experiencing homelessness, Vera was captured on the streets, distributing clothing and food to those in need. His action demonstrates the depth of commitment and dedication that all STRIDE Community Health Center staff have for their community.
As winter approaches, the plight of those experiencing homelessness becomes increasingly dire. Denver, like many urban areas, faces challenges in providing adequate shelter and resources for its unhoused population and can sometimes feel impossible. Vera's initiative serves as an inspiring reminder that we can all make a difference, no matter our position or influence.
STRIDE's Street Medicine Team: A Commitment to Denver's Vulnerable Populations
STRIDE has a dedicated Street Medicine Team that works tirelessly to provide essential healthcare and support services to individuals experiencing homelessness in the Denver metro area in partnership with the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing and Colorado School of Medicine . This team, composed of healthcare professionals and outreach workers, engages directly with individuals living on the streets, in encampments, and within micro-communities. They offer vital medical care, mental health services, substance abuse support, and referral access to housing resources. The Street Medicine Team operates with the belief that everyone deserves access to quality healthcare, irrespective of their housing situation.
STRIDE's Community-Wide Commitment
These are just two examples of Colorado's community leaders and organizations are coming together to support those most in need. From one-on-one encounters like Vera's street outreach to systematic initiatives addressing the root causes of homelessness and healthcare disparities, there's a shared commitment to making a difference.
As Colorado moves into the colder months, let's be inspired by these actions and consider how we can all contribute to creating a more inclusive and supportive community for everyone. Learn more here. Donate here.