If you’ve ever had the unenviable duty of readying and transporting a child to soccer practice, music lessons, or a school play, you don’t need anyone to tell you how onerous such a task can seem. Getting out of the door with a young child or an infant can require a Herculean effort. And that’s in the best of circumstances.
Now imagine you’re a young mother with a family and one of your kids is sick and needs medical care. Lacking permanent housing, you’re living in a family homeless shelter or a de facto shelter in a city-sponsored hotel room. You don’t know the neighborhood. You don’t know the subway system or bus schedule and even if you did, you can’t afford them. Perhaps you don’t speak English. Imagine how paralyzing it is to overcome all those obstacles just to get your child to the doctor.
The Floating Hospital makes that trip more manageable through our Good Health Shuttle for our patients, ensuring they would not have to face the journey alone. That’s important because homeless families are often removed from their community and thrust into an entirely new environment, far from public transportation and often with safety concerns.
The shuttle is one of the many vital services that forward our mission of making comprehensive and compassionate health care accessible to all. It offers free, roundtrip shelter-to-clinic transport that meet our patients where they are and gives them the lift they need with dignity and safety—with few bumps in the road and a trusted driver specially trained to administer to families in stress.