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A year of doing good

In a year that presented ongoing challenges, The Floating Hospital continued its unflagging mission to help New York City’s most vulnerable families. This year we opened our new clinic, which expanded patient care and programming, and ongoing response to the Covid crisis. We returned to a fully formatted Camp Rise Up, enabling 60 youth to attend a sleepaway leadership and life-skills camp. And we continue to make ambitious patient-centered plans for 2022: a new eye care clinic, expanded health ed for youth and families, a dedicated vaccine center and specialize infectious-disease treatment.

But we don’t do that alone. Our annual appeal launches next week, and we ask our friends and supporters to put that envelope in their “to do” pile with a gift that supports our work. To find out how you can make an impact for New Yorkers in need, please contact executive director Ellen Barker; ebarker@thefloatinghospital.org

Calls for Candy Cane Lane

The Floating Hospital will host the 2021 edition of Candy Cane Lane, its annual holiday gift and toy event, from Dec. 7 to Dec. 16. During that time, families who have appointments at the clinic can come to a space transformed into a wonderland of toys, gifts, seasonal clothing and other necessities and small luxuries. Typically, more than 800 families attend over the session, but last year due to Covid and inclement weather, “the Lane” was held for only three days. Seventy-two families attended and Floating Hospital outreach teams delivered goods to children and their families in 12 shelters. Last year, we disseminated $73,000 in donated goods via the event and outreach.

This year, we anticipate being back in full swing from our new, spacious clinic and will have more information about how you can be a part of this memory-making event as a corporate, personal or in-kind donor, and via a dedicated amazon.com “Wish list” site. For more information, please contact special events director Ann-Louise Lipman; alipman@thefloatinghospital.org

A weekend of wellness

Our fall Women’s Wellness weekend Oct. 16 and 17, provided 93 women with free screenings for cervical and breast cancer. One of two such events per year, the October pop-up clinic coincided with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and serves women who don’t have regular access to a doctor or who are otherwise underserved get essential checkups.

“It’s a great feeling to be proud to know we have a magnificent team that works together to give back to women who haven’t been recognized or able to take time for themselves,” says Sreeta Quintana, director of operations and coordinator of the screening clinics. “Our goal is to help the women in our community from all backgrounds take care of their health and know they are special.”

Held at The Floating Hospital’s community center, the day of health also included lunch, gift bag and a massage. Thanks to our radiology partner, Multi Diagnostic Services; Chef Maria Loi of Loi Estiatorio and Fidelis for providing delicious and nutritious lunches for attendees. Additional sponsors we thank include Dream Wear, Direct Relief, Chris Fearon and Quest Diagnostics.

Since 1866, The Floating Hospital has been the largest provider of healthcare and education to families living with homelessness. Based in Long Island City, it provides comprehensive primary, dental and behavioral-health services, and health-education to patients living in more than 300 shelters and domestic violence safe houses throughout New York City.

In 2021, The Floating Hospital moved into a new modern main clinic in Long Island City, and continue to support patients in satellite clinics at family homeless shelters and public housing complexes in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.

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