December news and events

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We are thrilled to report that our Walk for Families was a success, despite the surge of the Delta variant, which moved the event from in-person to virtual. People walking alone, with friends or on teams donned their tennies, joggers and Birks to walk in support of New York City’s families experiencing homelessness. Nearly $100k of support is projected to come in, 100% of which is dedicated to direct services. “The strength of our commitment to the community was equally matched by the outpouring of support from new and longtime donors who found a way to step in and out to walk in solidarity with our patient families,” said Ellen Barker, executive director of the clinic’s fundraising foundation arm.

Many thanks to Presenting Sponsor Wunderman Thompson and lead “Block Sponsors” Alera Group, Greiner-Maltz, Lamb Insurance Services and the United Nations Federal Credit Union (UNFCU).

Even as we publish this newsletter, the 15th annual Candy Cane Lane is underway, a clothing, gift and toy event held on site for Floating Hospital patients. Held for the first time in our new clinic, the space is transformed by The Floating Hospital staff into a wonderland of small luxuries for the whole family most of us take for granted. Young patients receive two brand-new toys of their choosing and parents can select seasonal clothes, hats and scarves. Candy Cane Lane is not possible without the generous support of our individual and businesses donors, and community members, whose kindness toward those in need we deeply appreciate.

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 continues to support patients in satellite clinics at family homeless shelters and public housing complexes in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx.


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